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Old 03-19-2019, 03:45 PM   #1
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Default WarMac Pipe Chanters





Greetings to All,

I find myself rather floundering about in attempting
to determine a reasonably exact (or even a close)
date... for the public offering of WarMac polypenco
bagpipes... but... and the more specifically... for the
WarMac polypenco pipe chanters... and with their
then standard... imitation ivory sole. (??)

The best that I have been able to ascertain seems
to be somewhere... in the mid-to-late 70s... but if
any of us out here knows the actual year... I would
be greatly appreciative... and off the hook... :)

Many thanks!!

Regards to All,

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Old 03-20-2019, 08:14 AM   #2
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Default Re: WarMac Pipe Chanters

If memory serves, I first started seeing them in the early 80's particularly with the Regimental Pipe bands.
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Old 03-20-2019, 08:37 AM   #3
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Mid 70's definitely, especially if the plastic has that slight "mottled" effect. Must be played with McAllister gut buster reed for that real 70's sound.
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Old 03-20-2019, 11:12 AM   #4
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War-Mac (the later Warnock/McAllister collaboration), or just the original Warnock?

Warnock ‘plastic’ pipes & chanters definitely around in the mid-70s. Didn’t Bill Livingstone play a set of plastic Warnock drones at the Northern Meeting around 1975?
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Old 03-22-2019, 08:58 AM   #5
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Greetings, magsevenband, Adam, and Roddy...
and Any Else That May Come Forth to Assist,

My thanks to the three of you!!... :)

And, yes... the early to mid-70s... was as close
as I ...could arrive... to any exact time... for their
public availability...

If any out here knows... or can stumble into... :) ...
the actual year of their advent... please do send
a shout...

There is some "disputation" amongst some of the
fellows... on this end of the stick... :)

No great wagers riding on it... just the usual... trying
to determine... the what and the when of it all... :)

What is in question... is the year... that WarMac poly
chanters... were first offered... to the public... (??)

(I landed on '73... but shooting from the hip... :)

Many thanks!!

Regards to All,

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Old 03-22-2019, 12:57 PM   #6
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In my first full season as a very young piper with Helensburgh band (grade 3 at the time) they swapped onto plastic Warmac chanters in place of their old Hardie chanters. That was 1977-78, so it is fair to assume given the normal trickledown effect that the G1 bands had them a couple of years before that.

My brother is now P/M of the band and has a box of them stashed away. Still a good tone but they pitch around 472Hz...



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Old 03-22-2019, 01:18 PM   #7
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swapped onto plastic Warmac chanters in place of their old Hardie chanters. That was 1977-78, so it is fair to assume given the normal trickledown effect that the G1 bands had them a couple of years before that.

My brother is now P/M of the band and has a box of them stashed away. Still a good tone but they pitch around 472Hz...



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exactly the same timing our New Jersey USA band introduced them....with the requisite MacAllister gut busters. We then went on to become EUSPBA GR 3 Champions for two consecutive years a few years after.
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Old 03-23-2019, 01:17 PM   #8
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If someone has access to 1970s Piping Times or the SPBA (no R back then) magazine a look at the adverts might indicate when they were launched.
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Old 03-24-2019, 05:09 PM   #9
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On a 1976 Shotts & Dykehead P.B. record that I have, comment was made about Warmac plastic chanters played by the Band.This may be the year that
the band used the plastic Warmac.I just handed 2 to a local band at the end of last year.
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Old 03-26-2019, 06:17 AM   #10
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On a 1976 Shotts & Dykehead P.B. record that I have, comment was made about Warmac plastic chanters played by the Band.
Yes that was the album that had Cullen Bay.

I recall it mentioning plastic chanters.

Our band switched from wooden Hardies to plastic MacLeod chanters in the late 1970s, as I recall they pitched just a tad higher, maybe around 470. Yes and gutbuster McAllister reeds!
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