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Kinnaird Bagpipes Newsletter

June 2013 

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



Last month's survey question:          
When you see a new piping/drumming product on the market, which are you most likely to do? 
-Buy it right away!  1.7%
-Wait to her some feedback from fellow pipers/drummers you know 51.2%
-Wait for reviews from piping/drumming pros 35.0%
-Research the product online 51.2%
-None of the Above 5.1%
-Other 4.2%  

This month's survey question:    
In one week, how much time do you spend playing your pipes/drums?

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Kinnaird Bagpipes is holding a Video Contest from June 3rd to July 3rd.
The video can be funny, serious, demonstrative, musical, animated, whatever you want! 

The winner gets a $500 Kinnaird Bagpipes Gift Certificate, 2nd and 3rd place get a $100 Gift Certificate. Winners will also receive a bag of Haggis flavoured chips!

Check out our FAQ post for more information and enter our Video Contest today!

Don't forget to send in your applications for the Lake Diefenbaker Pipe Band School July 8-13


Upcoming Events    


June 8 Georgetown Highland Games

June 8-9 Canadian International Military Tattoo  


June 14-15 Chicago Scottish Festival & Highland Games  

June 14 96th Highlanders Ceilidh

June 15 BC Legion Highland Gathering 


June 15 Georgina Highland Gathering 


June 15 Cobourg Highland Games

June 20-22 Ohio Scottish Games     

June 22 Moncton Highland Games

June 22 Manitoba Highland Gathering

June 22 Red Deer Highland Games

June 22 BC Scottish Highland Games 


June 23 Edmonton Scottish Highland Games

June 28-30 Summerside Highland Gathering & Celtic Festival   

June 28-July 1 Fort Erie Friendship Festival Celtic Gathering  

June 29 European Pipe Band Championships

June 30- July 5 Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo

July 1 Embro Highland Games

July 1 Pugwash Gathering of the Clans

July 1 Canada Day- Kinnaird Bagpipes will be Closed  


See More Upcoming Events in our Events Calendar     

Featured Article     

      Piper's Pals



The Benefits of a Piper's Pal    

Moisture is critical to the performance of cane reeds.  Too much moisture results in mildew formation on the reed, while too little results in loose bindings, open sides, and split cane. 


Ideally, you would store your reeds under conditions that maintain enough moisture that they can be restored to playing condition quickly, but not moist enough to result in mildew.  This is what the Piper's Pal is designed to do.


The Piper's Pal maintains optimum moisture conditions for the storage of cane reeds.  If the reeds are too wet, Piper's Pal will absorb moisture from the reeds to prevent mildew.  If the reeds are too dry, the reeds will absorb moisture from Piper's Pal.  Dry reeds placed in Piper's Pal will be restored to optimum moisture content in about 24 hours, and will remain that way until they are removed.


What are the benefits of storing your reeds under optimum moisture conditions?


1.Reeds will always be ready to play.

2.Reeds will stabilize quickly and remain stable in the bagpipe.

3.New reeds will be played in quicker.

4.Mildew and mold on reeds will be minimized.



Available in 3 Different styles:
 Piper's Pal Storage Case (holds up to 4 reeds)
 Piper's Pal Reed Protector (acts as a chanter cap)
Piper's Pal for Bands and Retailers (holds up to 40 reeds)


Video Clip

  Here's a clip from "Blackadder" that plays around with the Superstition of the "Scottish Play"


Scottish Humor


Jock once attended a Temperance lecture given by Scotland's top medical man, a noted anti-drink campaigner. The speaker began by placing a live, wriggling worm in a glass of whisky.
After a moment or two it died and sank to the bottom.

The speaker said quietly to the audience, "Now my friends, what does this tell us?"

Jock piped up, "If you drink whisky you'll not be bothered by worms!"

Recent Reviews    


 Deger II Electronic Chanter
Deger II Electronic Chanter


-"These are great for extra practice when a conventional chanter or the full pipes are not an option. I travel an hour each way to my work site by bus. While most passengers use this time to catch up on sleep, I can pull out the Deger and work on exercises or tunes. Found the best solution for the dry skin is Glysomed hand cream."   


-"I bought this because of all the traveling I do; I felt it was a chance to practice on planes, hotel rooms etc. As long as you don't mind being stared at in planes, and being stopped in security, it's great. Good to carry music with you, some earphones and the battery works. You may need to play Scotland the Brave for someone in security. It's always been fun, sound quality and controls are great. My only BUT is, in planes especially, dry skin makes for poor electrical contacts. Hand lotion helps, but you end up really bearing down to make a clear signal. It can be very frustrating dropping out low A's or G's all the time. Maybe this new model has been improved, I had the previous one which had no sensitivity adjustments. It's also fantastic to practice on while watching TV on the sofa with your wife/husband/dog etc as you can get a practice in without bothering anyone. And if you have a cold or sore throat and don't feel like blowing, it's a great alternative. I've never regretted owning it. I keep it in my car now, plug it into my sound system and practice while in car washes, slow traffic, long lights etc. Too much fun!"  




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Rauncie Kinnaird

Kinnaird Bagpipes

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