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Old 04-12-2018, 07:28 AM   #11
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Default Re: 1953: Pipe Band passes on Lawrie pipes for pipes from Pakistan!

Anybody else lament the passing of the 1953 ability to speak truth even in the press without somebody being insulted?

Well said, Mr Manager!

I’m all for non-discrimination but today’s level of PC is completely nuts!

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Old 04-12-2018, 07:57 AM   #12
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Default Re: 1953: Pipe Band passes on Lawrie pipes for pipes from Pakistan!

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"For those who don't know very much about piping, Pakistani pipes might do."

Ouch!
Sure,...that’s why they’re able to sell them,...airport shops in uk, even along the royal mile, the tourist trade....
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Old 04-12-2018, 09:33 AM   #13
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Default Re: 1953: Pipe Band passes on Lawrie pipes for pipes from Pakistan!

Well, these Asian pipes have been exported into the Middle East for decades, helping to stymie the development of tone and tuning skills of many a would-be piper. But I have noticed a trend toward Scottish chanters and bags with these Pakistani pipes. Which does not help much against out-of-tune drones.

If a pipe band received what they needed--a musical instrument--fine. But the cost is not relevant if the "bargain" bagpipe is not a musical instrument. "Half-price" doesn't even enter into the equation.
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Old 04-12-2018, 06:58 PM   #14
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If a pipe band received what they needed--a musical instrument--fine.

But the cost is not relevant if the "bargain" bagpipe is not a musical instrument.

"Half-price" doesn't even enter into the equation.


"Half-price"... equals... zero music...


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Old 04-13-2018, 09:26 AM   #15
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Quality control!

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Old 04-16-2018, 11:47 AM   #16
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Default Re: 1953: Pipe Band passes on Lawrie pipes for pipes from Pakistan!

In the summer of 1958, I was a beginning piper, having begun taking lessons in late January of that year. I was also at the Sea Cadet camp in Cape Breton for a two-week session. The XO of the camp, a regular navy lieutenant, was trying to teach himself to play the pipes and, having heard me playing my practice chanter on an inspection tour of our barracks, he seconded me to be his office messenger and to share with him what little I knew at the time about piping. He had bought a set of Pakistani pipes with engraved silver and real ivory mounts. He told me that he had paid $50 CAD for them, new, in a Nova Scotia drugstore. I never played them or heard them played, so I have no idea of their sound quality.

I also remember the Kitchener Legion pipe band, which I heard often at highland games in the period 1959-1962. Their playing was average for a street band at the time, but I don't know if they were still playing the Pakistani pipes.
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Old 04-24-2018, 03:01 PM   #17
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"For those who don't know very much about piping, Pakistani pipes might do."

Ouch!
The last letters were obviously missing : "...Pakistani pipes might doom"
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