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Old 06-08-2018, 08:33 PM   #1
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Default Where to find vintage parts?

If I were looking for vintage parts, would it be best to post it on Trading Post as a WTB or voice it here or Tech and Instrument? I'm looking for a bass stock for a Starck button mount nickel ferrule bass. Not sure where this would go best. If someone wants to move this please do so or let me know.

If that is a long shot I'd ever find such a thing, does anyone know who would be my best bet in getting a replacement stock made for such? Any help is very appreciated!
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Old 06-08-2018, 09:25 PM   #2
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Graham Burley has made Starck replacement parts for me recently.
https://www.burleybagpipes.com/
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Old 06-08-2018, 09:49 PM   #3
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awesome awesome!! I'll call/email him. Got an old set basically given to me today cheap as someone didn't want them in their closet anymore and neither of us knew what we had there. So sent some photos to Mr. Bowen to find out what we have. If its what we think--they'll be my first set of what I hope is a lot of sets of Starck pipes--I want to collect his pipes--love the history behind them.
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Old 06-09-2018, 08:32 AM   #4
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Default Re: Where to find vintage parts?

Be prepared to pay the CITES fees, he's in Canada.

I've always had Dunbar do work for me, but CITES has made it too expensive.

I need to find a US maker who is willing to do these sorts of small jobs.

Stocks are fairly generic, neither of the vintage sets I play came with the original stocks.

For one set I picked up a set of vintage ABW stocks with nickel ferrules on Ebay.

For the other set (Starcks) I got inexpensive poly stocks from the Ayrshire Bagpipe Company in Scotland. (No CITES for poly!)
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Old 06-09-2018, 08:56 AM   #5
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Default Re: Where to find vintage parts?

Any US pipe maker can make those parts. I used to use Mark Cushing and have had stocks and even ivory replacement parts made. It was surprisingly reasonable. I know Mark has got to be getting up in years, and hasnt ever really adapted to modern computer contact/purchase systems, which is funny because he was cutting edge bak in the late 70s. I still have one of the first plastic practice chanters made, with o ring seal too. However, Marks craftsmanship is top notch.

Just use your googlefoo and look up US makers and give a few a call. If its something they can use as filler work you will get a better price, but be prepared to wait. A lot. Most can easily have nickle ferrules made up too.

As far as the ferrules, what is the O.D., I.D, and material thickness? I have made up some in the past. It is not super difficult. Make a scratch awl type tool to put in the grooves, can be as simple as a board with a stop and a drywall screw poking through. Then bend around a madrel, doesnt have to be perfect, just pretty close. As long as you did the math tight and your piece is the right length, bend it around using plastic hammers, just make sure the meeting edges are perfect, then silver solder together. Now hammer out any out of round.
You may get lucky and find a brass/copper tube the right size. If so, use that and nickle plate it (lots of directions on the net)

Or... you can find wood lathes around that are very cheap. Stocks are fairly easy to make. The tooling can be easily hand ground. Small chunks of wood are easy to find. It is a fun thing to try to make yourself. Granted it would end up costing you more, but the enjoyment is priceless.
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Old 06-09-2018, 05:56 PM   #6
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I`d give Roddy a try...... http://www.highland-pipemaker.com/contact/contact.html .....good luck!
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Old 06-10-2018, 05:12 PM   #7
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No CITIES issues for parts sent as repair and return under 10kg, so sending parts to match or replace hasn't been an issue. Ivory is ESA problem though. Not had a problem from either Dunbar or Burley. For brand new parts, MacLellan is great if he can squeeze it in.

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Old 06-10-2018, 07:06 PM   #8
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Hi all,


I have bought 2 chanters from Dunbar and they are as good as it gets. I played with Graham Burley and he makes excellent pipes and chanter etc etc and is a top notch guy to boot!
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Old 06-10-2018, 11:02 PM   #9
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Thanks everyone!! I decided what I'm going to do. Also, going to either A) sell this Lawrie flat combed bass stock or B) start collecting drone parts and make another bagpipe for fun...

I think this is the beginning of addiction?
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