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Old 02-16-2019, 03:11 PM   #1
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Hello All,
I'm new to the forum and fairly new at piping, been at it about 4 years or so. I've come into possession of some pipes and I am looking for help with identification. I've tried looking at various sites/pictures but I'm just not experienced enough to make a decent guess.

I have no information about the history of the pipes, they were given to a friend of a friend and ended up in my hands. The original bag had no markings, was hide, tied in and seemed pretty old. After removing the bag and carefully cleaning the stocks I've searched high and low but I can find no identifying marks. There was no chanter with the set, though there were some cane drone reeds that looked well used. I'm pretty certain there's no ivory (no Schreger lines) but they have a unique pattern I haven't seen before.

My instructor and band-mates have taken a stab at IDing but I thought I'd see what you folks could offer. The only labeled item that came with the set is an old practice chanter that has a Lawrie sticker/marking on it. Though there is no guarantee the practice chanter and pipes have anything to do with each other.

Here is a link to a google photo album


Thank you in advance for any assistance.
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Old 02-16-2019, 11:01 PM   #2
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Maybe Kintails: http://www.bagpipe-id.com/?page_id=223
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Old 02-17-2019, 05:47 AM   #3
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Enjoy your Kintails.
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Old 02-17-2019, 07:11 AM   #4
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Kintail hit my thots too. The pronounced drone bush is as Iíve seen recently on a studentís pristine set resurrected from the closet after 20 years.... thot ..jeez..huge bushes.
Interesting that height not...but almost... approaching Bb extenders.
I wonder were the Kintail drones flattened off somewhat for the pitch du jour.
Nice tone...big.
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Old 02-17-2019, 10:45 AM   #5
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Greetings, CTFFPiper,

First!!... Welcome to... the Forum!! :)

And... Ask anything!! :) Many answers from many
well-grounded people... always available... here. :)

I concur about Kintail.

Something about them to reference... based upon
my own experience... and over long years... is that
what ever Greig chose for the imitation ivory... lasted
for years... and years... and years!!... with neither any
flaw... nor dis-coloration... from excessive exposure to
direct... and very harsh sunlight... and heat!! (Or cold...
come to that. :)

I played a set of his 1988 Chalice Tops for many years...
now gone to a new and very good home... and in some
terrible cold weathers... and in terrible heat... and sun!!

In North America... in the far Southeast... and Southwest
of the U.S. .... and in Central America... and the islands of
Polynesia... over many years... and his imitation ivory was
just as fine... and as grand looking... the day I shipped them
off to their new home... as the day I opened the box... in
which they first arrived to me... :)

I also greatly appreciated... the tone... and the sound of them...
as did many others... who so remarked to me... over the years.

Enjoy them!! You have a grand set!! :)

All the Best!!


My friends all know,
With what a brave carouse...

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