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Kinnaird Bagpipes Newsletter

April 2011

in this issue
:: Upcoming Events
:: New Products
:: Video Clip
:: Featured Article

Last month's survey Question:HBT2 Highland Bagpipe Tuner
Which Tuners/ Metronomes do you prefer?
Korg CA40 Chromatic Tuner 32.2%
Korg TM40 Tuner Metronome 11.8%
Korg MA30 Metronome 8.4%
Korg KDM2 Digital Metronome 6.7%
HBT1 Highland Bagpipe Tuner 15.2%
HBT2 Highland Bagpipe Tuner 3.3%
Mark Saul Tuner 16.9%
Dalriada Tuner 1.6%
Other (including Tama Rhythm Watch, Korg CA30, Korg OT120, Chesney, GT-6, Eon Sound) 25.4%

This month's survey question: 

What do you look for in a good pipe case?


Answer the Question

Upcoming Events


April 22 Good Friday- We will be Closed.

April 24 Easter Sunday

April 25 Easter Monday

April 30 Brandon Highland Festival

May 21
Comox Valley Highland Games

May 21-22 Greater Sudbury Celtfest & Highland Games

May 21-22 Victoria Highland Games

May 26-29 Gathering of the Scots Festival in Perth-Andover, NB

May 28 Kingston Celtfest

May 28 Riverwalk Highland Gathering 

See More Upcoming Events

New Products 


















Our Murray Blair shipment has arrived!
Now in stock:

HBT2 Highland Bagpipe Tuners

HBT soft cases

HBTM Microphone Clips

HBT Tuner Mounts




Video Clip 

Here is a video clip featuring some moments from the annual Dressed to Kilt Event in New York. This year's theme was Country Chic. 

Check out their website for images of past events.

Featured Article 

Why you Should Try

Kinnaird Carbon Fibre Drone Reeds

Drone Reeds

The Kinnaird Carbon Fibre drone reeds are the best made reeds on the market today, and also one of the most expensive. Although the initial cost is higher than some other reeds, the quality and features more than make up for the price in the long term.

First, the sound of the reeds is second to none; they are the most cane-like sound available today. Many top level players are switching to these reeds as the sound is superior and more stable than other reeds.

The reeds, once set up, will last considerably longer than plastic tongue reeds since the tongues will not fatigue. We "curve" the tongue instead of bending, which reduces the stress at the tongue just behind the bridle (where the fatigue cracks initiate).

We also provide a very high level of customer service.  Replacement parts are available for the reeds and if you have any issues with them at all, just give us a call or send us an email and we will help you make the necessary adjustments. If we can't trouble-shoot by phone or email, you can send the reeds back to us and we'll fix them up for you or send a replacement.

Finally,  the carbon fibre tongues are durable and have proven to stand the kid test where plastic tongue reeds bend. The stiffness of the carbon fibre also helps minimize pitch fluctuation with unsteady blowing.

Compared to other carbon fibre drone reeds, the Kinnaird Carbon Fibre Drone Reeds are the only ones with a curved tongue. This generates a sound closer to cane than any other reed. The tongues are molded into the proper curve and not heat bent in a jig. This provides improved manufacturing consistency and superior matching of the tenor reeds.

We offer 4 styles of Drone Reeds:

Regular (suitable for most older pipes)

Lower Pitch Bass (suitable for most newer pipes such as Naill)

Regular Easy (We have found this is suitable for very young or old players or those with health problems such as asthma.)

Lower Pitch Bass Easy

Anyone can order a custom set. We simply need to know if they are seeking regular or easy strength and what pipes they are playing. Get your own set today just in time for competition season!

Kinnaird Carbon Fibre Drone Reeds 




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We are currently running a contest on Facebook to win a $100 Gift Certificate!  Any interaction that you provide on any of our Facebook pages before April 30th will earn you one entry- "Like" our pages, Post on our walls, add photos, links, videos, or comment on anything we post!  This applies to all of our Facebook Pages- Kinnaird Bagpipes, Kinnaird Carbon Fibre Drone Reeds, Piper's Pal Products, Irish Beer Gear, and Celtic Jewellery Site.  Provide multiple interactions to receive multiple entries!

Want another chance to win a $100 Gift Certificate?
It's easy, just complete our annual customer survey!  We want to hear from you!  We have done these surveys for the past few years and have found the feedback to be extremely useful.  Every survey completed before April 30th will be entered to win! 


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Rauncie Kinnaird

Kinnaird Bagpipes

923 Emmeline Terrace

Saskatoon, SK
S7J 5G7
Ph: 1-877-249-2939
Fax: 1-306-249-2933