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Old 05-19-2020, 03:26 PM   #1
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Default Experience with Hamish Moore highlands...?

Hey there,

New to the forum, hello everyone!

I have been a GHB piper for longer than I care to admit. Tucked very far back in a closet, I rediscovered a full set of Hamish Moore highland pipes (A440) that I had not played in years. I'm getting the set ready for some play. I got them quite a long time ago, in the range of 15-20 years. The set needs a new bag but that's not the end of the world, and I had stored them well in a case with all the sticks well-padded. I believe it's silver and blackwood.

I have spent way too much time googling, and I can find nothing on these sets. I believe I found a picture of Fin cradling this model on the Colaisde na Gàidhlig website:



I realize Hamish has retired from pipe making, but I can't even find a cache of his old site with info on the set. Not that there's tons to know, I suppose . . . but anyone else have a set of these?

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Old 05-19-2020, 03:38 PM   #2
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Hit up Tim Gellaitry on Facebook. He has been making for the Moores for a wee while and might have some info.
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Old 05-19-2020, 08:17 PM   #3
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Greetings, sturob,

Welcome to our mob... and... they look a fine set!!

Wishing you the best of Good Fortune with them!! :)

(And ain't it grand to re-discover such? Ain't it just!! :)

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Old 05-20-2020, 04:10 AM   #4
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They are copies of a set of pipes called the "black set of Kintail", a historic set that happens to be pitched around modern A.


A quick google isn't very informative as it conflicts with the brand of the same name.



The same design was used for a quartet of instruments that were used to record an album called Seudan, led by Allan MacDonald, and I'd recommend getting your hands on a copy - I think the liner also has more info on the pipes as well.
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Old 05-20-2020, 08:04 AM   #5
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Yes! That rings a bunch of bells.

As soon as you mentioned the black set of Kintail, which was from the late 18th century if I remember right, it came rushing back.

Thank you!

I wonder how many of these there are...

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Old 05-20-2020, 08:20 AM   #6
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They are copies of a set of pipes called the "black set of Kintail", a historic set that happens to be pitched around modern A.


A quick google isn't very informative as it conflicts with the brand of the same name.



The same design was used for a quartet of instruments that were used to record an album called Seudan, led by Allan MacDonald, and I'd recommend getting your hands on a copy - I think the liner also has more info on the pipes as well.
I'll second that recommendation, Brilliant music and very nice sounding instruments.

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Old 05-21-2020, 08:00 AM   #7
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For those interested in reproductions of 18th century Highland pipes which are made from the original materials (local Scottish hardwoods and real horn mounts) there's Julian Goodacre in Peebles.

He also makes reproductions of the late 17th century/early 18th century Ian Dall chanter in the original Lignum Vitae.

https://goodbagpipes.com/index.php/m...ghland-bagpipe
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Old 05-22-2020, 05:22 PM   #8
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Hamish Moore made both the "Black Kintail" A440 highlands as well as a more modern pitch set inspired by his old Hendersons IIRC.

I have a set of the A440s. The chanter is ridiculously easy to reed too A440, but I have little success with the drones. They have fairly small reed seats and, of course, a very different bore than "typical" bagpipes.

In addition to Seudan, Gordon Duncan played a set of the A440s on the album, "The Piper and the Maker"

The Henderson-type set is a marvelous set.

I'm not sure if Fin Moore makes either one now.
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Old 05-23-2020, 08:15 AM   #9
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Yes, that's been my experience as well. His smallpipes have pretty small reed seats as well, actually.

I've ordered some reeds from Chris Apps to get a new reed for the chanter. I do recall that I had much less trouble with the chanter than with the drones. I could get (years ago) Selbies to work OK but they tuned way too high.

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Old 06-09-2020, 09:44 PM   #10
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Good luck getting them going again, Stuart.

Just a couple of weeks after starting on the chanter, I was lucky enough to hear Hamish play a house concert in the Santa Cruz mountains. I can hear that boxwood set of pipes of his ringing in my ears yet...

And if you ever decide to part with them, please do let me know.
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