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Old 02-08-2019, 04:52 AM   #11
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Default Re: New Pipemaker: Alexander Graham

I notice that now on Ebay there are pipes made by Stewart Bagpipes in Vratsa, Bulgaria.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Brand-New-s...WuRs:rk:1:pf:0

The seller (John MacKenzie) states that Stewart Bagpipes is "formerly Graham Bagpipes of New Cumnock".

Here's Stewart Bagpipes' site

https://stewartbagpipes.eu/

I don't see Alexander Graham's name specifically linked to Stewart Bagpipes but the styling of the pipes looks the same.

BTW in searching online I see his name also spelt Alexander DeGraham.

What's the thing with Scottish boutique pipemakers moving to Bulgaria? First Doug MacPherson, now this? Is it an EU thing?
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Old 02-08-2019, 07:27 AM   #12
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Default Re: New Pipemaker: Alexander Graham

Maybe he bought Doug’s house/shop? All I know is it was listed for sale a while back.
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Old 02-08-2019, 05:49 PM   #13
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I notice that now on Ebay there are pipes made by Stewart Bagpipes in Vratsa, Bulgaria.
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I ran into the eBay offering this morning.
From that posting:

"made right here in Bulgaria by a Scottish Craftsman
from only the best materials...
... Stewarts Bagpipes (Formerly Grahams Bagpipes)
of New Cummnock have recently relocated their
workshops to NW Bulgaria."

No identifying information, there, about the pipemaker.
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Old 02-08-2019, 06:14 PM   #14
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Maybe he bought Doug’s house/shop? All I know is it was listed for sale a while back.
Interesting! Is Doug retiring? Or moving elsewhere?

He was making some of the most interesting pipes I've seen. He has a great "eye" for shape and proportion.
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Old 02-08-2019, 08:31 PM   #15
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What's the thing with Scottish boutique pipemakers moving to Bulgaria? First Doug MacPherson, now this? Is it an EU thing?
I mean, have you seen some of the pipes being made in Bulgaria? Horn-covered chanters, metal-inlaid pipes, relief-carved pipes, mother-of-pearl-inlaid pipes, and apparently pipes made completely out of cow horn. Best of all, they all play with excellent stability and full resonance without particular effort on the part of the piper (presuming the reeds survived transit). Of course, I understand that you probably already know most of that, having some experience playing gaida.

As far as I'm concerned, it only makes sense that boutique pipemakers congregate in Bulgaria!
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