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Old 03-16-2020, 07:00 AM   #21
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Default Re: Alternative bagpipe mounts

Originally Posted by WBpiper View Post
IIRC they even offered amber and Jade, not real stuff Iíd imagine, imitation plastic most likely. Nevertheless it looked super cool.
Yes, IIRC Grieg Sharpe had a chalice top set mounted with jade as his personal set, very lovely.

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Old 03-16-2020, 03:00 PM   #22
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Default Re: Alternative bagpipe mounts

Originally Posted by pancelticpiper View Post
I had a beautiful set of Dunbars half-mounted in palm nut.

I loved the look of those mounts.

They were elegantly threaded, I could take them off and show them to people, who marveled at how nice that stuff looked and felt in the hands.

Yes one who marveled was an uilleann pipe maker, who started using it for his pipes.

I played that set in the hot sun, in the rain, and the mounts were absolutely stable.

Then I sold the set to somebody Back East, and within a month they said all the mounts fell off! He sent them to Dunbar to have them replaced with summat. What a waste.

In like manner I sold a 100 year old set of pipes that I played for years in every weather condition, that had not a single crack in the wood or ivory, to somebody Back East and within a month they said one of the drones had a big split in it.

Here's that set, ABW, palm nut, and machine-engraved alloy
15 years ago when I was specing out my Dunbars, I was considering the palm nut ivory as an option. I donít remember why I didnít get it (probably cost, but I custom ordered them with hand engraved aluminum which wasnít an option at the time), but looking at those pics, I kinda wish I had. Oh well, their regular imitation ivory looks great!
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