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Old 01-29-2020, 04:08 PM   #11
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Default Re: Help confirming Ebay bagpipes "find"

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I'm not seeing anything that makes me doubt that they are Hardies, from that era. It can be hard to tell with flat-combed sets, but nothing jumps out at me as clearly something else.

I'd also bank on them being Hardies over Lawries.
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Old 03-13-2020, 04:53 PM   #12
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Default Re: Help confirming Ebay bagpipes "find"

Just an update on this ...

I got these pipes going. I set aside the bag for now (I'd want a split stock for it) and also the chanter, because it needed too much tape with the reeds I had on hand. I put on a synthetic bannatyne bag, and a wooden Strathmore chanter (which I also got used for cheap). Other than that, I oiled the bores, changed some hemp, reamed and threaded the reed seats (they were way too tight), and got a set of long Ezees for them. I have to say, I really like these. Warm tone, easily to play, light on the shoulder.

Thanks for all of the advice, maybe some of the info will be useful to others - I notice that pipes like these are for sale quite often.

Pip that's great advice about the bag.
Magseven - I paid about $330 plus shipping for them. Good roll of the dice I'd say.

Are there recommended reeds for the chanter? It pitches in the 460's, but high G and D were very sharp.
Does anyone have any comparison between 1980's and current Hardies? Just curious if they are the same dimensions and have similar tone and heft.
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Old 03-13-2020, 06:58 PM   #13
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A great bargain at that price...Hardies of this vintage are under appreciated these days...I have a set from the 60's and they are like an old reliable Ford or Chevy...not flashy but well made from good wood and reliable as can be...suggest you order a Shepherd Bflat reed for the chanter to level it out...good luck and congrats on a nice find.
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