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View Poll Results: How many sets of GHBs do you own?
One 27 18.88%
Two 47 32.87%
Three 28 19.58%
Four 16 11.19%
Five 7 4.90%
Six 6 4.20%
Seven 0 0%
Eight 6 4.20%
Nine 1 0.70%
Ten or more 5 3.50%
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Old 02-10-2020, 05:07 PM   #21
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I had to think for a minute since some sets are missing the original chanter or a stock here and there but here goes from oldest to newest:
1. C. 1780 horn mounted set, complete except for a few missing rings
2. c. 1810 Two droned set (with a bass from another manufacturer)
3.c. 1800-1817 three droned set complete with ribbons possibly from a Fencible reg't, came to CB around 1817.
4. early Donald MacDonald 2 drones set, bass and tenor,
5. immigrant set 3 droned possibly MacDonald, one of two identical sets brought to CB early 19th century.
6. Gavin MacDougall , ivory mounted, 1910
7. Henderson, c. 1906, silver and ivory, sliver added in 1950s and the of the ivory turned down for the new silver, one tenor replacement, not quite a match. Great sound
8. Henderson, 1926, remounted in silver and imt. ivory a few years ago were originally casein and nickel (mostly cocus wood)
9. Henderson late 1920-30s, a few parts have been copied and I am awaiting a good quote on silver and int ivory refurb.
10. RG Lawrie's, ebony c.1908, nickel and ivory,
11. Duncan Gillis bagpipe c. 1900. apple wood
12. David Glen Cocus wood, missing a tenor drone,
13. RG Lawrie's , c. 1950 ivory mounted, missing a bass section
14. most of set of Robertsons, c. 1950
15 oops forgot this one, early Robertson c. 1920

OK so have a problem. two sets are on loan to museum in Cape Breton, and I suspect the really old sets in my collection will all go there at some point.
Barry


Impressive. I am glad that your collection was reduced by one set a few years ago when some vintage Robertsonís came my way!
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Old 02-10-2020, 05:47 PM   #22
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Default Re: How many sets do you own?

Too many! But what the heck, they are in semi-regular rotation and as long as they are out of the way of my wife, I'm good. In descending order of date:

2016: Colin Kyo Blackwood Engraved Silver and Moose Antler Mounted
2011: Dunbar Delrin P2C Engraved Nickel
1930-1940: Lawrie Blackwood and Ivory
1910-1920: Henderson Ebony Wood-Mounted and Casein
1912-1918: Lawrie Ebony Wood-Mounted
1900-1920: Henderson Cocus Wood and Ivory

Sold:
2011: McCallum Blackwood and Full-Engraved Alloy
1995: Gibson Blackwood and Plastic Mounted

All but two sets purchased on Kijiji. All sets outstanding in their own way.
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Old 02-11-2020, 09:30 AM   #23
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Greetings to All,

Ostensibly... I have but the two... a 1908 Cocus
and Ivory... with an early 50s ABW chanter by
Bob Hardie... and 1916 ABW Lawrie, and German
Silver, with an ABW 1916 chanter by Starck.

One of these is always the one... that is played
whenever I am... out and about... and the choice
of which depends upon where... and for whom...
I am to play.

But I do have two other sets... that are played quite
regularly... just on my own... to keep them... in trim.

I stumbled into these sets quite by accident... and
took them on... as their conservator... until such
time... as I can find... a really good home for them.

The first was/is... an early '20s two-drone Irish War
Pipe... in Cocus... by Starck... and the other... an
early 30s (from Canada) Boosey & Hawkes ABW
military-style. (Also, possibly, by Starck.)

And so... it would seem... that I do have four sets...
though I am still looking for a good home... for the
last two.

Regards to All,

Pip01


Post Script:

I signed the survey has only having my
first two... as they are... "The Keepers." :)

One Further Post Script:

I have thought about... but have never
gotten... a Bad Weather... or Drunken
Pub... set of... "Indestructo"... poly pipes.

Pubs or parades... hot... or cold... foul
weather or fair... the Old Lawries went
through both World Wars... and Korea...
and are not much vexed... by what ever
else... any may now... throw at them. :)

Keep them properly oiled... and keep
them humming... and all else... will be...
of no great import... :)

The Cocus? They are for the inside of
old stone churches... and other such
places...and outside...when the proper
occasion calls... :)



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Old 02-11-2020, 09:49 AM   #24
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- ca. WW1 Henderson, silver and ivory.

- ca. early 2000s MacLellan, silver, bronze and satinwood.

- ca. late 80s Naill, full catalin.

The first two are my competition instruments. I play the Henderson most of the time, but it can't leave the country without a hassle due to the ivory. Because I go to Canada or Scotland most years, the MacLellan gets played for about 1/3 of the season. The Naill was my first bagpipe, and it mostly gets used for foul-weather gigs or as a temporary loaner if someone in the band needs one.
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Old 02-11-2020, 01:07 PM   #25
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2014 Naills - main solo instrument.
1976 G&C - set up with slightly more robust reeds for my very occasional band turnouts but able to swap for solo if needed.
1890s JW Hutcheon cocus/ivory - used to be my main competition set but they really donít like playing at modern pitch so are mostly used at home for low pitched ceol mor fun, or for special occasions.

They all sound different, although the G&C and Naills have a similar overall tenor/bass balance. The Hutcheons are bass dominant and loud: louder than my brotherís Edwardian Hendersons for example.


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Old 02-11-2020, 09:12 PM   #26
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Too many. Most for sale at SPS.

Robertsons: 2x1920s buttons, 1x1950s remounted GPM
Glens: 2x1920s, 1x1930s buttons
Lawries: 2x1950/60s, bakelite
Starcks: 1x1930s buttons, 1x1950s catalin
McLeod of Tain 1920s, celluloid
Sinclair/MacPherson 1960s, catalin
G&C 1950s, wood
Matheson Specials 2x1930s

I compete with 2015 Burley drones and early 1950s Hardie chanter. A457 Hz rocks!
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Old 02-11-2020, 09:18 PM   #27
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The set has aftermarket ferrules (stainless steel?)

For sure if a complete set of classic Lawrie spun German Silver ferrules fell into my lap I would have this set retro-fitted.
Ask David at Naills if he still has some old spun nickel ferrules. He made me a set of stocks for an ebony Lawrie set with tapered ferrules I sold recently.
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Old 02-12-2020, 03:59 AM   #28
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The set has aftermarket ferrules (stainless steel?)

For sure if a complete set of classic Lawrie spun German Silver ferrules fell into my lap I would have this set retro-fitted.
Ahh,...got it . I’ll keep an ear to the grindstone for you. ��. Rooklidge has a good possible solution albeit stilla retrofit. I’ve always liked RGL pipes.
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Old 02-12-2020, 04:18 PM   #29
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I had to think for a minute since some sets are missing the original chanter or a stock here and there but here goes from oldest to newest:
1. C. 1780 horn mounted set, complete except for a few missing rings
I'm curious what this set looks like, and can it be played? If not, have you ever played it or heard it played?

As a side question, what's the oldest set of pipes being played right now, or that anyone on here has played or heard? The oldest pipes I've heard in person were from the late 19th century I believe, a piper in my band used to compete with them.
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Old 02-12-2020, 05:21 PM   #30
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So far over 50% of the respondents have one or two sets.

85% have one to four sets.
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