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Old 04-30-2019, 09:39 PM   #1
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Default Comparison please

Iím considering a new purchase and the current choices are McCallum Blackwood Smallpipes in "A" versus Gibson Ceilidh Pipes? Iíd appreciate your recommendations.


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Old 05-01-2019, 10:13 AM   #2
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I don't have experience playing the McCallum smallpipes, but I've been through the same decision process in the last year and ended up buying the Gibson's which I've been playing since Christmas. You can hear YouTube samples of each instrument on the Henderson's site -- http://www.hendersongroupltd.com/car...idCategory=227 -- and judge for yourself.

In addition to the two different woods on the drones, different mounts and the addition of a standard blackwood chanter on the higher price McCallums, another less obvious difference is that the McCallums come with Ezee Drone Reeds and a cane chanter reed. The Gibsons ship with plastic double reeds for drone reeds that are much "discussed" here. Personally I did swap them out with single reed drones from Seth Hamon that I like a lot. They've stayed reliably in tune for almost two months now, which I appreciate. Overall I'm happy with the Gibsons now.
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Old 05-01-2019, 07:12 PM   #3
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Thanks very much pbutts for sharing.


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Old 05-04-2019, 04:06 PM   #4
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If you're looking for bellows blown, I'd consider other options beyond these two.
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Old 05-04-2019, 05:22 PM   #5
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If you're looking for bellows blown, I'd consider other options beyond these two.
I agree, and probably why there havenít been many responses. And grab a C natural thumbhole and a high B key while youíre at it.
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