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Old 09-14-2018, 10:29 PM   #1
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Default Toneczar bagpipe information needed

Hello

I'm a french newbie (sorry if my english is not perfect), and i'm going to buy my first bagpipe. I've found a Toneczar Bagpipe for a small price. I know that Toneczar has closed, and i need some information about this bagpipe. Are reeds from other manufacturer compatible? And can i change the pipe bag if needed?

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Old 09-14-2018, 10:36 PM   #2
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Default Re: Toneczar bagpipe information needed

Toneczar was run by Chris Hamilton who, while still in the moderator team, is largely inactive here at BDF. If I recall correctly Chris never made bagpipes, so they must have been made for him to sell under his company name. There should not be any problem changing out reeds or bags for that set. Chris ran s reputable company out of his home, so I cant imagine youd run into any issues with the quality of that instrument.

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Old 09-15-2018, 06:11 AM   #3
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I have his direct email, if you want to contact him (DM me). Hes also on Facebook.


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Old 09-15-2018, 06:29 PM   #4
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I'm suspicious. Chris's business has been closed for quite some time. He never made pipes, nor am I aware of there ever being pipes made under his brand name. Perhaps the instrument was originally purchased through his shop?
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Old 09-15-2018, 11:09 PM   #5
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A photo of the pipes would possibly help.

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Old 09-16-2018, 03:37 PM   #6
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I'm suspicious. Chris's business has been closed for quite some time. He never made pipes, nor am I aware of there ever being pipes made under his brand name. Perhaps the instrument was originally purchased through his shop?
As I recall Toneczar was an agent (or perhaps "the" agent) for Soutar pipes in North America.
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Old 09-17-2018, 06:43 AM   #7
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It's probably a set of Soutar pipes that Chris sold and the person who bought them remembered the name of the shop instead of the name of the maker.

If that's what they are, then I have similar pipes.

If they are Soutar bagpipes (post a photo of the top of the drone and the bottom of the chanter), then you can use pretty much any reeds in the chanter. I've been experimenting with drone reeds and have finally settled on Redwood tenor drone reeds (made in France) and a Kinnaird Evolution in the bass.

You can definitely put on any bag intended for Highland Bagpipes.
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Old 09-17-2018, 12:43 PM   #8
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Interesting, Bob864. That's the drone setup I have in my old ebony Centers. Big velvety sound.
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