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Kinnaird Bagpipes Newsletter

July 2014 

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



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

Always 33.2%
Sometimes 30.5%
Rarely 11.8%
Never 24.5%

This month's survey question:     
How often do you practice piping/drumming?

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Featured Article 




Maintaining African Blackwood
Robertson Bagpipe Repair

The wood is the heart of the instrument, and it needs to be in good condition.  Here are a few simple tips that will help keep your pipes at their best.

Check that the bores of each section and the stocks are smooth, clean, and without any obstructions. Well made instruments will have smooth bores. If the bores are rough, you can smooth them out with steel wool on a cleaning rod, or have a pipe maker/repairer do this for you. If the bores are dirty, a few good oilings with quality bore oil will remove most of the built up dirt.

Check each section for cracks. A crack that leaks air can cause all sorts of problems. Pay particular attention to the wood underneath the ferrules, the stocks, and the tuning chambers of the drones. These are the most common areas where cracks will start. If you have a crack, have it repaired as soon a possible by a competent bagpipe maker/repairer. The crack will only get worse, not better.  If you wait too long, repairs may not be a possibility and you will have to look at replacing the part.  Some pipe makers are now sleeving blowpipes to help prevent cracking.

The drone bushings in the top of each drone can become loose as the wood and glue age. Leaks around the bushes are quite common and can cause some serious drone instability. To check for leaks, remove the top section of each drone and plug the bush with a rubber stopper, or your finger. Blow in through the other end and check for leaks. If there is a leak, the bush will have to be removed and re-glued into the drone top. If you are not comfortable doing this, have a competent bagpipe maker/repaired do this for you.

Upcoming Events


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US Customers
Take advantage of the current exchange rate! Here are a few examples of the current savings*:

$160 CAD = 150 USD

$209 CAD = $196 USD

$120 CAD = $113 USD

Canadian Customers-
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$160 CAD = Landed US Competitor Price in CAD $166

$209 CAD = Landed US Competitor Price in CAD $240

$120 CAD = Landed US Competitor Price in CAD $139

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

Here's a clip from British stop-motion children's series Shaun the Sheep titled "Bagpipe Buddy

Scottish Humor


 MacDonald was in poor health. He asked his friend MacDougal if he would pour a bottle of scotch over his grave if he should die one of these days.
MacDougal said, "Sure'n I'll be glad, laddie, but would you mind if I passed it through my kidneys first?"

Recent Reviews               Piper's pal Reed Protector


Piper's Pal Reed Protector  

"This is a must have in dry climates. My start-up time has decreased markedly after I started using it. Should likely have a few of these but they are not cheap. The Pipers Pal reed case might be a good alternative. Great product -- nice Canadian innovation!"

"This chanter cap is a must for all of us in dry climates, or in particular for me, in the winter in conditions where forced air heating dries out wood and cane horribly. Protection plus humidifying makes this a must for all pipers!"



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Rauncie Kinnaird

Kinnaird Bagpipes

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Saskatoon, SK
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