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Old 05-17-2020, 10:11 AM   #11
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Thank you very much for the replies thus far!

Besides taking the pipes apart, wrapping them with foam, and making sure they don't jostle around, how would you recommend shipping bagpipes within a semi-soft-sided case?
Wrap the case in bubble wrap or make sure there’s enough protection around the case in the box (paper, peanuts, etc.) to mitigate any shock getting to the case. Not to keep the case fine (semi-rigid cases are damn near indestructible) but to stop any shock transferring to the pipes. It’s better to over-protect than under.
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Old 05-17-2020, 01:18 PM   #12
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how would you recommend shipping bagpipes within a semi-soft-sided case?



Glpiper,

I would surround the soft case with waterproof
plastic... secured with beaucoup tape... and then
enclosed it all in a double-layered box of thick
cardboard... and more tape,,,

As noted above... damned near bullet proof!! :)

We just never can know... how it is going to be
handled... or mishandled... before its arrival. (??)

Good Luck with yours!!

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Old 05-17-2020, 02:41 PM   #13
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What is the purpose of labelling each of the pieces of the bagpipe when shipping?
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Old 05-17-2020, 02:56 PM   #14
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Probably so it goes back together how it was before shipping? Really only necessary for the tenor bottoms as everything else can only go in one spot (assuming you know ho to put together a set of bagpipes).
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Old 05-19-2020, 08:19 AM   #15
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I received similar in 1972 from Gillanders and McLeod from Scotland to NY ...GHB rolled in a sheet of corrugated cardboard and then some brown ‘shipping’ paper. I was in awe that noting was damaged.
Those uilleann pipes were like that, except without the cardboard. It was just rolled in that brown shipping paper. Miraculous that nothing was broken, how uilleann pipes have all those long slender drone parts.

The set was in boxwood, too. Back when you could still get good boxwood.

BTW that set had a rough life. First the shipping! Then after playing them a couple years I traded them for a beautiful early full-ivory Lawrie set of Highland pipes.

The guy I did the trade with lived on a ranch in Northern California. He had a large bagpipe collection, at least a hundred bagpipes of various types.

A year after we did the trade his whole ranch and all the bagpipes went up in a fire. Thus those wonderful old Lawries were saved.
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Old 05-19-2020, 08:57 AM   #16
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A year after we did the trade his whole ranch and all the bagpipes went up in a fire. Thus those wonderful old Lawries were saved.
I’ll go out on a limb and guess he wasn’t happy with the insurance company when they said ‘sorry Charlie....’..unless he had umbrella coverage that might have covered the sets if not all on a rider ..
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Old 05-19-2020, 10:39 AM   #17
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A former student of mine received her pipes direct from the manufacturer in Scotland in a similar manner. They were just in a beat up cardboard box, sitting on the doorstep.
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