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Old 02-01-2020, 09:27 AM   #11
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I wonder what pipe makers would have used back in the day had plastic been invented?
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Old 02-01-2020, 10:19 AM   #12
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I wonder what pipe makers would have used back in the day had plastic been invented?
...probably just a different branch off the polychanter tree....
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Old 02-02-2020, 08:55 AM   #13
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Dunbar polys are fantastic. I own a set, and love them. I have them set up with canning tenors and a kinnaird bass. I picked mine up second hand for a song.
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Old 02-02-2020, 01:19 PM   #14
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If you're in Oregon, and looking for non-wooden pipes, it might be worth visiting Rob Gandara at Carbony and having a go with his carbon fiber set.

They aren't cheap, but they are going to be just this side of indestructible and unaffected by the elements.
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I have a set of Dunbar polys and get a lot of compliments on their tone. I purchased them with Kinnaird Evolution reeds in all the drones, but working with my teacher we decided the tone was better by replacing the tenors with the Cannings. I have a Kinnaird Evolution in the bass drone and Cannings in the tenors. Seems to be a good combo.

The best part is playing in St. Pat's day parades in Chicago weather (i.e. driving rain, can't feel your fingers cold) and not worrying at all about your wood pipes (which I also have) suffering under the punishment.

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Old 02-09-2020, 04:36 PM   #16
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Dunbar makes the best-sounding poly pipes I've ever heard.

To be quite honest with you, I like the sound of my polypenco Dunbar drones more than that of my African Blackwood Fletchers. The former are richer and fuller in sound, in the Henderson tradition. They are also fairly easy to tune.
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I built up my "Backup/Foul Weather" set with ABC poly drones and stocks, a hide bag, an MacCallum extendable blowstick and an older R.G.Hardie chanter I got in trade some years ago. No issues with the poly for me. I built it up to spare my 40 year old G&M set from bad weather gigs.
If I had students looking for pipes, I'd advise them to look into any of the excellent makes of poly/delrin/acetyl sets being made today, for durability and world-wide transportability.
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To be quite honest with you, I like the sound of my polypenco Dunbar drones more than that of my African Blackwood Fletchers. The former are richer and fuller in sound, in the Henderson tradition. They are also fairly easy to tune.
Yup. We have a set in our (grade 3) band that is much better than many blackwood sets I've heard. Dunbar just makes good bagpipes, full stop.
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+1 to the Dunbar recommendations. I was quite happy with mine, which I purchased for border crossing. I use Eezedrone tenors and a Balance Tone bass in it.
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go to lockyphoto.com/bagpipeecology

There's a good deal of info from tests he made, and lots of other good stuff.

Thanks, Greenpipe! IMHO, one cannot go wrong with a set of 'plastic' or 'poly'
pipes; whether your main set or for foul weather/travel (hot trunk anyone?), most people would not know the difference in tone.

There are many great makers of poly pipes, but there are subtle differences in the material. To my eye, for looks and finish, those pipes made of Delrin/Polypenco, are a shade superior: blacker, richer, almost like ebony. Otherwise, they're all fantastic choices. Here's a great example: my 1915 ebony Hendersons alongside a duplicate part in Delrin made by Dunbar bagpipes...

http://www.lockyphoto.com/bagpipeeco...508_085034.jpg

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