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September 2009
Gorilla Piper

Last Month's Survey Question:
If you could get a brand new set of pipes and cost wasn't an issue, what would you get?
McCallum 16.3%
Naill 22.4%
Wallace 0.0%
Kron 9.2%
Dunbar 2.0%
Henderson 11.2%
Sinclair 7.1%
Shepherd 0.0%
Hardie 2.0%
MacPherson 4.1%
Other (including Atherton, Strathmore, Crislers, MacDougalls, Inveran, Stark, Morrison, MacLellan, Morton, & Walsh) 30.6%

This Month's Survey Question:
How Did You Learn to Play the Bagpipes?
Answer the Question

(Note: Survey is only able to accept the first 100 responses.)

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Product Reviews
Black Utility Kilt

Black Utility Kilt
"My husband, who has great legs, loves this kilt, and I love him in it. Very easy to wear and it can be dressed up or worn casual."

"I own one of these, and It's the best casual kilt ever created. I wear this to every concert I go to, and to every social function I can get away with - hah. Everyone comments on how sharp and impressive it is. Great kilt!"

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This month, we are offering a USER REVIEW CONTEST!
The person who submits the most user reviews from Oct. 1 to Oct. 31 will win a $50 gift certificate to use online and a set of Kinnaird Carbon Fibre Drone Reeds.
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New Holiday!
Traditionally Black Friday occurs only in the US the day after Thanksgiving, but we're bringing it to Canada! From Oct. 9-Nov 29th, we are offering FREE SHIPPING on all online purchases over $100. We want to make sure that you get all your Christmas shopping done in plenty of time! Start shopping!!

We have been nominated for ABEX Awards!
Kinnaird Bagpipes has been nominated in the category of Exports, and our storefront Clans on Broadway has been nominated in the category of New Venture! The Awards will be handed out on Oct. 24th.

November 11 Remembrance Day Services

Dec 24 - Jan 3
We will be Closed for Christmas. We will be back in the office Jan 4th.

This Month's Video Clip:
This month's video features the poem "The Turtle and the Bagpipe" by Shel Silverstein. The Turtle and the Bagpipe

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Featured Article
Chanter Reeds

Having problems with your chanter reed? Try some of these tips.

If your reed is too hard, the safest thing to do is play it until it softens up. It can take a long time to break it in, but then you don't have to tamper with the reed. Plug up the drones and play as long as you can. It may take a week or so, but eventually you will add the drones in one at a time. If it's still too hard after a few weeks, you may have to try something else.
If you're not using a Piper's Pal, then your reed may be too dry. Dip the reed in water for a second, shake it off, dry it, then play it. Don't soak the reed, and don't lick it! Pinching a reed with your fingers may temporarily ease it. Only pinch towards the top part of the reed to avoid damaging the sound box. Don't overdo it! You can also use a tiny rubber band to wrap around the staple. If none of the other tips work, you can pinch the staple with needle nose pliers (make sure the ends are wrapped so they don't damage the reed).
As a last resort, you can scrape the reed. This may change the sound of the reed if not done properly, or could damage the reed beyond use. There are many places to avoid scraping so we do not recommend trying this if you are not a pro.

If your reed is too soft, pinch the edges to open the reed's mouth. If that doesn't work, moisten it and then pinch the edges. You can use a reed mandril to open up the staple and forces the mouth open. Be sure that you keep the blade symmetrical. As a last resort, you can trim the tip off the reed. This will increase the pitch. Using a sharp blade, slice even small amounts.

Hopefully, these tips will leave you with great sounding reeds!


Rauncie Kinnaird
Kinnaird Bagpipes
Phone: 306-249-2939