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Kinnaird Bagpipes Newsletter

June 2014 

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



Last month's survey question:         
Which Chanter reed are you currently playing in your pipes?

Top Answers
G1 Platinum

This month's survey question:    
Do you wear earplugs when you play your pipes?

Answer the Question   



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Moose Jaw Highland Games

Congratulations to all the winners from the Moose Jaw Games on May Long Weekend. Kinnaird Bagpipes was happy to provide keeper trophies for the winners.  Here are a few from Saskatoon: (left to right) Lachlan Kinnaird, Emma Woodtke, Gabrielle Mercier


Featured Article 



Hearing Protection    

Over the years there have been many discussions if playing in a pipe band can lead to hearing damage or loss. With many tests done and surveys conducted, one can conclude that members of a band could indeed sustain hearing damage.

Without hearing protection, members face a serious risk of lasting hearing damage as decibel levels are over 90. Outdoors it has been recorded that pipes can reach decibel levels ranging between 108 to 111. A pneumatic drill has a noise level of 111 decibels.

Indoors, pipes can reach decibel levels up to 116, as loud as a chainsaw. Snare drums can hit up to 122 decibels, louder than the sound produced by a jet engine at take off.


 It has been suggested that regular hearing tests are a good idea to ensure members of the band are not sustaining any hearing damage.

In 2006, the Ministry of Defence in Britain ordered Army bagpipers to limit playing indoors 15 minutes a day and 24 minutes a day when playing outdoors. If the piper wants to play longer, they have to wear ear protection.


If you're looking for a good set of non-custom earplugs, take a look at our ETYPlugs  

 Hearing Protection 

Upcoming Events

Video Clip

As the 70th Anniversary of D-Day just occurred on June 6th, here is a video of "Mad Piper" Bill Millin recounting his experience that day. 


FREE SHIPPING on Kinnaird Bagpipes purchases of $200 or more until July 15th. Enter Coupon Code: 200

New Guinness items in stock:

  Guinness Coat Rack Mirror
  Guinness Alarm Clock 
Guinness Road Sign magnet

Add your Pipe Band to Our Links!
If you would like us to add your Pipe Band to our Links page, please send us the name of your band, your location and any contact information you would like to provide.  If your band is already in our Links, please let us know if any information needs to be updated.

US Customers
Take advantage of the current exchange rate! Here are a few examples of the current savings*:
Argyle Jacket
$289 CAD = $265 USD

Dunbar P2 Poly Pipes
$890 CAD = $815 USD

Ross Canister Bag 
$350 CAD = $321 USD

Canadian Customers-
Shop IN Canada for savings and landed prices avoiding duty!  
$289 CAD = Landed US Competitor Price in CAD $305

$890 CAD = Landed US Competitor Price in CAD $1042

$350 CAD = Landed US Competitor Price in CAD $392

*Note: exchange rates change daily and vary by provider.

Scottish Humor


As a guy walks through a forest, a fairy suddenly appears and offers him a free wish. He removes a pocket atlas and points towards different countries: "Here is suffering, there, hunger, and over there people are tortured. I want all people to be free and healthy. Can you do that?"  
The fairy sighs and says: "Well, this is very difficult, even for me. Is there a chance that you can come up with another wish instead that would make it a little easier?"  
The guy answers: "As a matter of fact, there is. You see, I play the bagpipes, and have such a difficult time with the embellishments. Do you think you could...".
 "OK - let's look at that atlas one more time". 

Recent Reviews               


G1 Platinum Chanter Reeds 

"Purchased a half dozen of these reeds from Rob, and I am amazed at the quality of manufacture and sound I am receiving with the reeds. Matched perfectly for my solo and band chanters, the reed gives great volume and are easy to adjust. Well worth the funds. Going great in my McCallum, Shepherd, and Kron chanters."

Shepherd Chanter Reeds

"I used this reed successfully in a Dunbar Elite II and, of course, a Shepherd MKIII. I liked it as much as my Gilmour until I stored it improperly and it got moldy. As with the Gilmour, I had to sand the Shepherd Easy a little to bring it down to my beginner strength but it remained very stable. Recommended."    




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Kinnaird Bagpipes

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