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Kinnaird Bagpipes Newsletter

May 2012

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



Last month's survey question:      
What persuades you to purchase one brand of pipes over another?

#1- Sound/Tone
#2- Condition of the Pipes

#3- Referral/Review from others
#4- Overall Look
#5- History of the Pipes
#6- Price

Some Interesting Survey Comments:
- Some prefer pipes made here in Canada while others prefer that they be made in Scotland
- Reputation and experience of the manufacturer is important
- Environmental factors are important as well
- "Life is too short to play ugly pipes"



This month's survey question:     

Considering only your personal preference, which type of sporran would you purchase if price was not an issue?


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Thank you to everyone who completed our annual survey!  The feedback is very valuable to us to help serve you better. The winner of the Gift Certificate was Ryan Moore.

Drone Reeds 
According to a recent survey conducted by Piper and Drummer, Kinnaird Carbon Fibre Bass Reed is the #1 choice for Synthetic Bass Reed among Grade One Bands!

Now In Stock:

Keltic Reeds by Steve Warnock

Warnock Reeds by David Chesney  

Ross Pipe Bags are now also available in an Extended Small Special Size. The bag is basically an Extended Small with the drones and blowpipe stocks moved forward. This is a good option for people with shorter arms, and/or people who are around the 5'5" through to 5'10" range.  

Don't forget to sign up for the Lake Diefenbaker Pipe Band School. Applications are accepted until June 30th, but enrollment is limited.

Kinnaird Bagpipes is offering Sponsorship of Piping and Drumming Events at Canadian Highland Games. There are only a couple sponsorships left. Application forms can be found on our events page      

Video Clip  

Take a look at this Trailer for the new Disney-Pixar film Brave

The film is set in the Scottish Highlands and features the voice talents of Kevin McKidd, Kelly MacDonald, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson, Craig Ferguson, and more.


 Featured Article

Kinnaird Kanister System
   Canisters & Valves   


Canister systems can be very useful to minimize moisture and maintain a steady and reliable instrument.  There are many styles available including the Kinnaird Kanister System (pictured above) and Ross Canister System. Reed problems can be caused by issues within canister systems. Ensure that all of the hoses are airtight and don't leak any air. Check the connections between the hoses and canister and the hoses and drone stocks.  Sometimes the Ross hoses will crack or the glued joints between hoses will leak.


Drone valve/enhancers can also wreak havoc with drone reeds if they are set up improperly. You must ensure that the valves are not set so tight that they restrict airflow so much that the reeds don't have enough air to operate properly. You should be able to blow through the valve, and it will open with very little pressure. If you have to blow hard to open the valve it is too strong. 

Consult the instructions that came with the valves to adjust their strength.  


Upcoming Events  

Scottish Humor



Jock finds himself in dire trouble. His business has gone into foreclosure and he's in serious financial problems. He's so desperate that he decides to ask God for help.

"God, please help me. Ah've lost ma wee store and if Ah dinna get some money, Ah'm going to lose my hoose too. Please let me win the lottery!" Lottery night! Someone else wins... Jock prays again. "God, please let me win the lottery! Ah've lost my wee store, ma hoose and Ah'm going to lose ma car as weel!" Lottery night again! Still no luck. Jock prays again.

"Ah've lost ma business, ma hoose and ma car. Ma bairns are starving. Ah dinna often ask Ye for help and Ah have always been a good servant to Ye. PLEASE just let me win the lottery this one time so Ah can get back on ma feet!"

Suddenly there is a blinding flash as the heavens open and the voice of God Himself thunders: "Jock at least meet Me half way and buy a ticket!"

Recent Reviews



Ross Chanter Reeds    

Ross Medium reeds are currently our #1 selling chanter reed!

-"Big sound indeed. As a beginner I found this reed to be a bit of a gut-buster, and it's taken plenty of TLC to get it to the point it's at now. Already I am being rewarded with some beautiful tones and have no doubt that I will get a great deal of use from it in the future."

-"This reed used to be the best in the market, but the quality and consistency has not been the same over the 2009 season. "Classic" Ross reeds produce a great volume and quality of sound perfect for either band or solo performances."

-"This reed will make any chanter sound like a champion. This reed is especially good in McCallum chanters. The only thing that isn't amazing as far as these reeds go, is they need a little tweaking before they give you the best sound."



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Rauncie Kinnaird

Kinnaird Bagpipes

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