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Old 09-27-2017, 09:48 AM   #1
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Default Lee & Son Bagpipe 2017

I see that Lee and Sons has introduced their own bagpipe for 2017 based on 1880 Thow pipes.
Does anyone have any information on the instrument?
Has anyone played it and can they give a review?

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Old 09-27-2017, 10:11 AM   #2
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Default Re: Lee and Son Bagpipe 2017

I have an opinion but it's very, very biased as my son takes lessons from both Jack and Andrew Lee.

I've heard Jack play his pipes and they have a beautiful, ringing presence. The sound is beyond words, IMHO. If you want to hear it, look on Livestream for the Masters Solo competition from August, where he played it when he won that contest. (He was about the third competitor in so it's not too hard to find).

I've seen the pipes up close, I've been in the studio where their made, and I've asked Andrew about how they're made. They are completely hand made and all parts are threaded together; even the drone seats come pre-threaded. The wood it beautiful and he rejects a lot of pieces for any blemishes. He uses both boxwood or holly for the mounts.

In short, they look and sound like old world vintage pipes. If I was buying today, I would get a set!

Take that with all the salt you want to apply.

Cheers,

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Old 09-27-2017, 10:33 AM   #3
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Thank you John. Such a wonderful ringing sound!

Do you know what Jack has selected for the drone reeds in his Lee pipes?

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Old 09-27-2017, 11:05 AM   #4
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Sorry, I don't know and I forgot to ask.
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Old 09-27-2017, 11:28 AM   #5
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The web page say's Selbie
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Old 09-27-2017, 11:44 AM   #6
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I think the page offers Selbies as one possible drone reed options for ordering with the pipes.
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Old 09-28-2017, 06:04 AM   #7
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Default Re: Lee and Son Bagpipe 2017

Jack was in Georgetown, Texas, last November teaching a two day work shop sponsored by the Georgetown FD Pipes & Drums and was playing that bagpipe, so I got to see and hear the instrument:

https://www.facebook.com/14012658396...4794129383969/

He will be back this coming this November 9 & 10. Good chance to ask him questions during the teaching sessions. The instructors play a lunch time recital.

Cheers -

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Old 09-28-2017, 08:51 AM   #8
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November 9 & 10. Good chance to ask him questions during the teaching sessions.
If you could the question on my behalf that would very helpful.

Thank you very much Wes.

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Old 09-28-2017, 08:59 AM   #9
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Here is the video from the Masters Solo Piping competition. Jack plays "Lament for Colin Roy MacKenzie at 1:18:05

https://livestream.com/innerear/even...deos/160902002
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Old 09-28-2017, 09:03 AM   #10
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If you could the question on my behalf that would very helpful.

Thank you very much Wes.

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..wondering if a call to Jack might reveal who in your neck of the woods has a set you might hear in person. Of course...you could pick his brain a bit in a call...but ,regarding his chanter reeds,...Jack has always replied to e mail with an abundance of helpful info and guidance.
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