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Kinnaird Bagpipes Newsletter

September 2011

in this issue
:: Upcoming Events
:: News
:: Featured Article



Last month's survey Question:     

When at events, do you take part in solo competitions?

Yes 64.1%
No 35.8%

If so what is your motivation for competing in solos?

Medals- 11.7%
Status 14.7%
Competition 32.3%
Learning 91.1%
Other 17.6%
-unbiased feedback from judges, performance under pressure, learning to play in front of others, set new goals, meeting other pipers/drummers, for fun, exposure to new music, to become a better piper/drummer, evaluating improvement from previous competitions.


This month's survey question:

What is the best piping/drumming advice you've ever received?   


 Answer the Question 




Upcoming Events  


Please note that Kinnaird Bagpipes will not be vending at any events this year.   



Oct 5 Saskatoon Police Pipes & Drums Open House

Oct 7-15
Celtic Colours International Festival 

Oct 10 Thanksgiving- Kinnaird Bagpipes will be closed.


See More Upcoming Events 

Check out JD Thompson's photos from the Canmore Highland Games.




Instakilt Contest Winner   

Congratulations to Carol Ann Drummond.  She is the winner of our summer Instakilt contest.

Instakilts are now available in Pink!

Pink Instakilt 


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Kinnaird Bagpipes is happy to introduce lower prices on our products and offer price matching.

We would like to thank Ian for his feedback on our Products and pricing. Ian earned a Gift Certificate for his feedback.  If you know of a supplier that is offering the same products at lower prices, send us a link and we will match it. We have been reviewing our pricing and several prices have been lowered including maintenance, books, electronics, McCallum pipes, as well as Kilts and Jackets. We want to ensure that you are getting the best prices possible for great products!



Pipefest has announced The World's First Bagpipe Sheet Music App  

Features include:Pipefest App

-a collection of 100 traditional and popular pipe tunes


-all tunes embedded within app- no further downloading  


-tunes indexed within time signature categories  


-search function to help quickly find tunes


 Featured Article


Repairs & Restoration



Wallace Classic 4 Pipes 


Bagpipes require a lot of maintenance, especially Blackwood. They need to be oiled and cleaned, have the bags changed, any loose pieces refitted. In some climates, cracks can form in the wood. Pipes that have sat in storage for years unplayed will require some work to get them back in playing condition. Some of these things can be done on your own and some may require a more experienced hand.  Oiling and cleaning can be done with bore oil and brushes. For bag installations, many just pop the stocks in and out with the use of grommets, where others require more work to tie in.  As for cracks, depending on the size and location, they may just need to be glued or they may require sleeving or replacement. Often, a manufacturer or reputable dealer will be able to do these for you. 


Sometimes people inherit pipes without knowing where they came from, what make they are, what year they were made, etc. This information can be very important if you plan to travel with the pipes, get them insured or resell them.  The best idea is to take them to someone who can valuate and authenticate the pipes for you.  A detailed description, photographs, history of the pipes, etc. is included.    


Kinnaird Bagpipes offers all of these bagpipe repairs and services. You can call or email for quotes.   

Scottish Humor



A Scotsman, an Englishman and an Australian were in a bar and had just started on a new round when a fly landed in each glass of beer.
The Englishman took his out on the blade of a Swiss Army Knife.
The Australian blew his away in a cloud of froth.
The Scotsman lifted his up carefully by the wings and held it above his glass. "Go on, spit it oot, ye wee devil," he growled.

Video Clip



This month's video clip is the FDNY Bagpipe tribute on 9/11/2011 at Ground Zero.   




Recent Reviews



SFU Affirmation CDSFU Affirmation CD 

-"Great sound from a great band. This is their concert before the Worlds in Glasgow, which they won that year."

-"Canadian team! This CD is awesome. It will not be sound or noise, just beautiful music to admire! It's fairly recent, so the technology behind the sound is in fine mode for quality material."

-"This whole series of recordings live at Glasgow's Royal Concert Hall before the annual World Pipe Band Championships is wonderful. They capture the energy and excitement of a live performance with excellent recording qualities that approach studio conditions better than the field competitions. This particular concert from Burnaby's favorite campus pipe band is a prime example of the band at its best under Jack and Terry Lee. Together, they exemplify the motto "Nous Sommes PrÍts".


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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