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Old 10-16-2018, 07:56 PM   #1
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Default Thow vs. McDougall

I recently acquired a set of c1900 Thow’s. I’ve heard them compared to McDougalls, would anyone have experience with each maker?
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Old 10-17-2018, 05:39 AM   #2
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Default Re: Thow vs McDougall

I would suggest you ask Andrew Lee and Jack Lee at Lee and Sons, info@leeandsonsbagpipes.com


Andrews bagpipes are based on 1880 Thows and Jack has played McDougall's in the past before switching to Andrews pipes.
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Old 10-19-2018, 08:31 AM   #3
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Default Re: Thow vs McDougall

I have people in the band who play both. I would say that they are broadly similar, although reeding makes a lot of difference. The Thows I've heard are possibly the "warmest" drones I've ever heard. Seamless blend, enveloping, richly harmonic sound. The MacDougalls have maybe just a tiny bit more bass presence, for a slightly bass-dominant sound, although not "booming" like Hendersons or Lawries. Also have very audible harmonics, with many just a tiny bit more "ring" than the Thows.

Very, very subjective stuff on my part. I'm sure reeding and blowing are HUGE contributing factors, so these should really be construed only as very general statements of opinion.
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Old 10-19-2018, 01:40 PM   #4
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Default Re: Thow vs McDougall

Dan,
What are your bandmates playing for reeds in both Thow and McDougall's?
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Old 10-22-2018, 09:10 AM   #5
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Dan,
What are your bandmates playing for reeds in both Thow and McDougall's?
Straight Ezeedrones, I believe.
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