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Old 01-18-2017, 09:55 AM   #11
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Default Re: New Armstrong Bagpipes?

a friend of mine had them... tried them only once because i got sick that time... not sure why
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Old 11-04-2018, 04:19 AM   #12
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Default Re: New Armstrong Bagpipes?

Now over a year has passed since this thread, and I'm reviving it because by now I'm sure that more Bob Dunsire members have experience with the Chris Armstrong pipes.

Now people have had time to put hours of playing into their pipes, months, perhaps a year or more. What have you found?

I've not seen a set in person much less got the chance to try one. From the photos on his site (beautifully taken photos) the pipes have a traditional profile I really like.

About the development process, Chris Armstrong's site says this:

"Average bore and internal sizes were taken from a sample of 6 sets of pipes which provided a starting point..."
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Old 11-04-2018, 09:33 AM   #13
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https://soundcloud.com/x-treme-produ...hAso1Zyb6FuL-s
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Old 11-04-2018, 10:12 AM   #14
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Hmm ,sounds like Hardies,..maybe new PHs, or Mccallum,..maybe old RGL,..not sure ...they sound good though.
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Old 11-14-2018, 11:31 AM   #15
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Default Re: New Armstrong Bagpipes?

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Now over a year has passed since this thread, and I'm reviving it because by now I'm sure that more Bob Dunsire members have experience with the Chris Armstrong pipes.

Now people have had time to put hours of playing into their pipes, months, perhaps a year or more. What have you found?

I've not seen a set in person much less got the chance to try one. From the photos on his site (beautifully taken photos) the pipes have a traditional profile I really like.

About the development process, Chris Armstrong's site says this:

"Average bore and internal sizes were taken from a sample of 6 sets of pipes which provided a starting point..."
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I've been playing a Chris Armstrong ABM3 set since September of 2017. The CITES paperwork says they were manufactured in July 2017 from wood sourced in 2016. The only way I can describe the sound is they are somewhat similar, or closest to, a set of Naill's I used to have. It is neither a bass nor a tenor dominant pipe. I have them set up with Ezee tenors, an Xtreme bass, and a G1 platinum chanter reed. The chanter is wonderful. It feels very similar to a Colin Kyo chanter I have. I might even favor it over my McC2 ABW... maybe. To me the chanter and drones are a good match and provide very nice harmonics. They are as steady as any other pipe I've ever had.

I've bought and sold many pipes but I'm keeping this one. They're currently with Murray Huggins at Colin Kyo bagpipes where hand engraved ferrules and caps are being added in Murray's "Old Thistle" design. Can't wait to get them back when he's done.
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Old 11-14-2018, 06:34 PM   #16
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Thanks for the review!
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