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Kinnaird Bagpipes Newsletter

February 2012

in this issue
:: News
:: Upcoming Events
:: Video Clip
:: Scottish Humor
:: Featured Article


  HTS800 Snare Drum

Last month's survey question: 
If you were a drummer, would you play snare, tenor or bass?

Snare 50.7%
Bass 27.6%  
Tenor 21.5% 

This month's survey question:  

March 10th is International Bagpipe Day. How to you plan to celebrate? 


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We now have Ross Pipe bags and Canister Systems in stock.



Kinnaird Bagpipes is offering Sponsorship of Piping and Drumming Events at Canadian Highland Games. There is a limited number of sponsorships available, so please apply early. Application forms can be found on our events page 

We offer quotes on Pipe Band products. Let us know what you're looking for and we will provide a free estimate.  


Upcoming Events  


March 10- International Bagpipe Day

March 17- St Patrick's Day   


See More Upcoming Events  


Video Clip 

Canadian Celtic Rockers the Mudmen are on tour again with lots of SK and AB dates!  Check them out if you get the chance.

This clip shows some highlights from their 2009 Cross Canada Tour.   

Scottish Humor



A Scots boy came home from school and told his mother he had been given a part in the school play.

"Wonderful," says the mother, "What part is it?"

The boy says "I play the part of the Scottish husband!"

The mother scowls and says: "Go back and tell your teacher you want a speaking part." 


 Featured Article



Make sure your Bag is Airtight

L&M Scotian

The pipe bag is one of the most likely areas to leak air. Any air lost through the bag is air that you have to replace, making it harder to play.   


Regardless of the bag material, it must be airtight. To check this, plug the chanter and drone stocks with rubber stoppers. Blow up the bag until it is as full as it can get, then squeeze it for 30 seconds. If after 30 seconds, it takes more than 1 breath to fill the bag, it is losing too much air. 

Common sources for leaks are the seams, around the stocks, or the stocks themselves. If you can't hear or feel the leak, use a soapy water solution to check. If the leaks are through the seam on a hide bag, a good seasoning may correct it. If the leaks are through the seam on a synthetic bag, it likely needs replacing. Re- tie in the stock for leaks around the stocks on a hide bag. On a synthetic bag, if the leak is between the rubber grommet and the bag, it will have to be replaced. If the leak is between the stock and grommet, you can wrap some plumber's tape around the stock at the top of the grommet, or remove the stock and build up the diameter at the tie in groove with the tape. If the leak is through the stock, there is a crack in the wood. These cracks are most common underneath the stock ferrules, but can also occur lower down. If this is the case, you will need to have the stock repaired by a bagpipe maker/repairer.


Recent Reviews




Piper's Pal Reed ProtectorPiper's pal Reed Protector

- "My band practices in a high and dry climate. Moisture variation has been a big problem for us while tuning and playing in. The Piper's Pal minimizes variation across our reeds and really simplifies the tuning process. We spend less time tuning and more time playing. One very nice touch is that the rod inserted below the reed is solidly built, not of thick wire (which would bend) but of a fiber composite, which does not bend."

- "Combining the functionality of a chanter cap with the usefulness of a humidity control system, this product is a must have for any level of piper. It allows the user to enjoy the benefits of the humidity control system while leaving the reed seated in the chanter decreasing the amount of handling the reed is subjected to while keeping it in a playable condition. These features combined with a clean design and high-quality materials make this a great addition to any piper's case."




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Rauncie Kinnaird

Kinnaird Bagpipes

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Saskatoon, SK
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