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Old 02-23-2019, 01:13 PM   #1
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Default Been away for a while, input on new pipes

It's been a few years since I sold my MacLellans and feeling ready to find a new set of pipes to play. I've had ABW McCallums and the Cocobolo MacLellans just mentioned.

Polypenco would be nice this time around for the anxiety's sake of not having to worry about playing in the rain or not picking up the pipes for weeks/months at a time. I've always wanted to own a MacDougall sound but I don't think any of companies offering make them in Delrin. So Dunbar "Breadalbane" from Jim McGillivray or Gibsons are on my list. The "Revelation" pipes from MacLellan are also very appealing but I'd kind of like to get away from the Henderson style roar. Can anyone say if the "Revelations" are a bit mellower than the standard bore MacLellans?

I'm open to suggestions. Thanks all.






I have everything I need such as copious drone/chanter reeds, three bags, four chanters etc.
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Old 02-23-2019, 04:19 PM   #2
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Iím by no means an expert but I got a poly set from John Walsh a few months back with imitation horn mounts as my first set. They sound pretty darn nice with the supplied eezedrone reeds. Iíve recently swapped in some Selbie drones and am enjoying the sound immensely. Iím not sure what bore John used as the basis for his pipes but they are handsome, well made and sound good to my ear. As good as Iím able to make them sound anyway. John and his wife Janet and great to deal with too.
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Old 02-24-2019, 04:42 AM   #3
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McCallum acetyl pipes....my fav for several years since I decided to not carry my old SI Hardie pipes on parade...indoor special gigs only.
Iíve got a set made up with the antique Lawrie style smaller projecting mounts and engraved alloy tuning pins. Very eye catching.

Iíve set them up with MG White Mamba drone reeds. Zowie.

Good looking, terrific tone , solid and steady. I play them quite a lot.

Iíve asked here before..í.hmmm,..now where did I put those SI Pipes ?...í
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Old 02-25-2019, 06:31 AM   #4
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Did you try contacting Rick at Dunbar asking if it was possible to get the Bredalbane bores in delrin drones? Seems like that might check all your boxes.
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Old 02-25-2019, 06:44 AM   #5
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Did you try contacting Rick at Dunbar asking if it was possible to get the Bredalbane bores in delrin drones? Seems like that might check all your boxes.
Good point. I had a lackluster student some years past who had Dunbar poly pipes....a chalice style iirc. They helped even him sound good when he blew up....until he started playing notes.

I do recall though they were heavy ...more than my abw/ FS pipes.
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Old 02-25-2019, 07:48 AM   #6
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Can anyone say if the "Revelations" are a bit mellower than the standard bore MacLellans?
Yes, the Revelations are mellower. The Revelations have a smaller bore than Roddy's standard bore.
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Old 02-25-2019, 03:47 PM   #7
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Yes, the Revelations are mellower. The Revelations have a smaller bore than Roddy's standard bore.
Thanks John, this is very helpful.

I'm still very much torn.

Revelation set currently is right at $1,000USD. That's absolutely unbeatable for what these pipes are in craftmanship, tone, looks. Never having to worry so much about babying them, swabbing out the bores all the time, CITES papers when traveling/selling, playing in rain/snow/August heat, yearly oiling etc.

The Breadalbane pipes from what I've read and listened to sound fantastic; I have always wanting to own a set of McDougall style pipes after listening to Athertons, Gibsons, Mr. McGillivray's older Naill versions of the McDougalls. But I believe even the least expensive version is around $1600 USD which is the Royal Mexican Ebony.

I've written to Mr. McGillivray about a set in polypenco/acetyl so we will see. So many good choices these days.
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Old 02-27-2019, 04:15 PM   #8
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They helped even him sound good when he blew up....





Greetings to All,

I have only owned and played ABW and Cocuswood
pipes... but... some years back... a friend asked me to
go with him... as he was then getting his first set... to
assess a used set... that he had been offered.

I took along three chanters, two wood, one Delrin, and
a large box of drone and chanter reeds... and off we
went... :)

Two bands... three owners... some fairly long... and
hard service... but they looked rather good... and had
had the proper care. (Same leather bag throughout. :)

Turns out... they're Dunbar's... and Delrin.... and a few
scuffs... but that was to be expected... and nothing amiss.

Complete package... bag, cover, cords, reeds...and...
the original hard case.

He asked me to give them the first go... and the sound
of them... was just grand!! :) (Dunbar Delrin chanter.)

My reeds and chanters were obviously... not needed... :)

He bought them then... and has them still... and has been
playing them on cold mountains... and in hot deserts... ever
since!!

I cannot recommend them highly enough!!

And the increase in the quality of "poly" materials... and in
the making of pipes from such... has reduced the worry in
purchasing... and playing... these pipes.

Any wishing to procure such for a second... safety set...or
even as a first set... can do so... with ease of mind... :)

Regards to All,

Pip01




A Quick Post Script:

Delrin... is a brand name... but "poly" pipes... covers all
of the man-made materials presently used.




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Old 03-05-2019, 10:31 PM   #9
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Yes, the Revelations are mellower. The Revelations have a smaller bore than Roddy's standard bore.
I learned this week from my favorite supplier that the tops, bores and bells are the same. The bottoms are slightly different. Wish I could hear a set in person.
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