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Old 09-19-2016, 03:59 PM   #11
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Default Re: Colin Kyo Bagpipes - Thoughts?

I'm a tad late to the thread, but I wanted to throw my support behind Murray and his pipes. I commissioned Murray to build me my dream pipes (beautiful 1/2 silver set, thistle engraving, w/moose mounts), and I was not disappointed. Murray and I spoke many times regarding all of the various details, so the pipes are truly one of a kind. The sound is wonderful as well. On Murray's advice, I receded them with Selbies, and they sing. They were easy to get dialed in, and they are well behaved. I've played other reeds in them as well, and they sound great, but Murray is right: they really LOVE Selbies.

Also of note: Murray guarantees his workmanship for life. If anything ever goes wrong with your pipes, Murray will fix it free of charge. Just this summer I noticed a split in my blowpipe stock (probably my fault: remember to swab after playing!) so I shot Murray a photo. He had me mail it down and even sent a replacement stock for the interim so I could continue playing while repairs were underway. The fixed stock was back quickly and is currently residing where it belongs.

In summary: you can't go wrong with Colin Kyo pipes
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There's music in the sticks, if you can draw it out...

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Old 09-21-2016, 09:48 PM   #12
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Default Re: Colin Kyo Bagpipes - Thoughts?

The way they sound will depend on your set-up and your ability. There are very few poor sets being made these days, except for some from Pakistan. The make is not a silver bullet by any stretch. Learn how to set up the drone reeds properly, have an airtight bag, blow to the sweet spot on the chanter reed, and play to the beat while playing well, and you will sound good.
Noble and manly music invigorates the spirit, strengthens the wavering man, and incites him to great and worthy deeds. Homer.
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Old 09-22-2016, 10:50 AM   #13
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It's true that the standard of pipe making is much higher today than it was back in the day, but to say Murray's pipes are just as good as mass produced bagpipes being made today is simply not correct. His pipes are exceptional.
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