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Old 05-22-2019, 08:43 PM   #1
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Default Lee and Sons Bagpipes

Hello Everyone!

A few years ago (2016), there was a short thread about the then ‘new’ Lee and Sons bagpipes based on an 1800’s Thow design.

Has anyone else heard or played these pipes since? By all accounts, they appear to be serious contenders in our little corner of the musical world.

Any thoughts and experience appreciated!

Thanks!
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Old 05-22-2019, 08:45 PM   #2
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I’ve heard Jack play them...

They’re solid. And they’re really big on custom work...

Andrew lathes them out to Jacks specifications... each set made to order.

I’ve yet to hear anything bad about them...




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Old 05-23-2019, 06:19 AM   #3
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An open piper up here in the northeast US plays a set of them, and they do look and sound quite nice. That's the only time I've seen or heard them though.

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Old 05-23-2019, 06:23 AM   #4
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Jack has been to Central Texas a number of times in recent years for an annual workshop, so I've been able to see and hear these bagpipes in person and talk to Jack about them. Outstanding workmanship and tone. Our pipe major bought a set and is very pleased with them.

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Old 05-23-2019, 06:34 AM   #5
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I heard a set a couple of weeks ago, demonstrated for me specifically by the owner. I must say, they did sound like bagpipes! Looked like them too, not dainty but small, iirc.

And just like any bagpipe, the sound is in the setup and the player.
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Old 05-23-2019, 08:34 AM   #6
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You can hear Jack Lee playing his Lee and Sons pipes in the 2018 Glenfiddich here



(piob., The Daughter's Lament) and here



(double MSR, The Marchioness of Tullibarine, John Roy Stuart, Dolina MacKay).
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Old 05-23-2019, 09:04 AM   #7
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https://www.facebook.com/search/top/...epa=SEARCH_BOX

You can also see videos of Jack playing on the Georgetown Fire Dept P&D FB page. They hold an annual workshop and have brought Jack Lee and Ian K. MacDonald down from Canada as instructors. I am anticipating that Jack will be back this year.

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Old 05-23-2019, 09:26 AM   #8
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And just like any bagpipe, the sound is in the setup and the player.

Blasphemy!



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Old 05-23-2019, 12:48 PM   #9
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Blasphemy!



-Matthew
Right?? Especially coming from the guy with like 9 sets of pipes. (That all sound the same, apparently?) LOL!

Sorry I have nothing useful to add to this thread.
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Old 05-23-2019, 12:50 PM   #10
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I have a Lee & Sons serial number 10, in African blackwood and full holly (The Hollywood ), and nickel sliders. I have had them for almost 2 years now.

I reeded them with Kinnaird Edge drone reeds and I play a Bruce Gandy blackwood chanter and Troy McAllister reeds. I had been told, when I received them, that Jack uses Ezee tenors and a Kinnaird Evolution bass.

I went through Terry Lee at Tartantown for the order and the specs and Andrew communicated with me on the blowpipe length and details.

Pipers who have heard these pipes have been impressed with the purity of the tone, the beauty of the harmonics, the balance of the drones and the chanter + drone blend. Full sounding. A big sound with these reeds.

I am very happy with them and totally enjoy playing them every day.

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