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December 2007

Nollaig Chridheil!! (Merry Christmas!!)

Kinnaird Bagpipes will be closed for the holidays from December 24th-January 2.

To ensure Christmas delivery, order early! last date for regular parcels in Canada is Dec 17 and Dec 8 for the USA. Urgent orders can be shipped overnight.

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Soft Pipe Case

Back in stock- Kinnaird Soft Pipe Cases & Kinnaird Soft Deluxe Pipe Cases!!!

Also available, Kinnaird Aluminum Pipe Cases now on special $100 while supplies last!

Also, we are counting inventory, there are plenty of other items on special. Look at the "Specials" section of our website for great deals!

Brand new in stock!!! McCallum McC2 Solo Chanter. $350.00 Cdn.

Also new in stock is our "Scot in the Box". Available in sizes M, L, XL.

Don't forget to check out our selection of Celtic Christmas CDs.
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Summerside Drums Workshop '07
Dec 8th & 9th at The College of Piping, Summerside, PEI
Featuring Jim Kilpatrick, Tyler Fry, John Fisher, and Craig "Hoss" Colquhoun.
$125 includes the workshop, ceilidh, and t-shirt.
Register now, as seats are limited. For more information or to register, contact Patsy Martin 1-877-BAG- PIPE

Bagpipe Fun Group in Saskatoon

Anyone interested please call Leigh at 373- 5672.

February 23, 2008 Winnipeg Highland Games Submit your entries by January 14 or late fees apply.

Check out more upcoming events
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Feature Article

Blowpipe Maintenance

Most blowpipe problems are caused by a faulty valve. A typical blowpipe valve has a round rubber flapper that is used as the sealing element. If the rubber has hardened or does not lay flat against the seat, replace the valve. If the rubber is dirty, sometimes a good cleaning will get the valve working properly again. With a flapper valve, you may need to adjust how the valve seats on the bottom of the blowpipe. You can move the copper stem up and down or bend it to get the valve seated better. You can also check that the bottom of the blowpipe is flat and smooth.

The blowpipe itself must also be airtight. To check this, place the mouthpiece in your mouth and suck on it. You should be able to stick your tongue to the mouthpiece if there is no air leaking. If the valve is good, then the leak is either at the joint between the blowpipe and mouthpiece or the blowpipe is cracked. If the joint is leaking, remove the mouthpiece and add some waxed hemp or Teflon tape to the joint until the leak is gone. If the blowpipe is cracked, you will need to replace it or have it repaired.

The size of the blowpipe bore is also important. The larger the bore, the more air that you can blow through it for the same amount of effort. Ideally, the blowpipe bore should be 3/8". If it is smaller than 1/4", you should consider having it bored out to 3/8" by a bagpipe maker/repairer.


Rauncie Kinnaird
Kinnaird Bagpipes
Phone: 306-249-2939