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Kinnaird Bagpipes Newsletter

April 2015  

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




Last month's survey question:              
What type of fundraisers have been the most successful for your Pipe Band or Celtic group? 
Top Answers: 
-Burns Night 
-Concert performances 
-Celtic Evenings 
-Silent Auctions & Raffles 
-Whiskey Tasting 
-Casino Funds 
-Paid gigs: graduations, St Patrick's Day performances, Fairs, Christmas shows, etc.

Other suggestions: 
-grant from Government 
-bagging at grocery store 
-golf outings 
-bake sales


This month's survey question:         

If you could give one piece of piping/drumming advice to your younger self, what would it be?

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Our Annual Customer Survey is now available.
The feedback we get from your survey responses is very valuable. To thank you for taking a few minutes to provide your feedback, every survey completed by April 30th will be entered to win a $100 Gift certificate.

Back in stock:
Practice Chanter Cases

Mother's Day is May 10th.
Celtic Jewellery makes a great meaningful gift. We have a wide range of Heather Gem jewellery and other Celtic jewellery available. Many pieces currently in stock.

New Irish Coin Collection Pendants

Lake Diefenbaker Pipe Band School is now accepting applications.   Take a look at the website for more information.

US customers- now is a great time to stock up on all your piping/drumming needs! The dollar is in your favor!

Ex.: Walsh Smallpipes are $709 CAD, but with the conversion it is currently about $564 USD*!!

*Please note that the exchange rate is constantly changing and exact exchange rate at time of purchase may vary.

Canadian Customers- Keep your money in Canada!

Walsh Smallpipes from a US competitor is $749 USD, which is about $942 CAD!

That's not including the duty, brokerage, and shipping costs! 
Shop in Canada to save money!!

Video Clip

 Here's another clip from Just For Laughs Gags of a "World Record Piper"

Scottish Humor

This one reminds me of my grandmother:

The teacher asked little Jimmy McGregor if he knew his numbers. "Yes," he said. "I do. My father taught me." "Good. What comes after three.""Four," answers the boy. "What comes after six?" "Seven.""Very good," says the teacher. "Your dad did a good job. What comes after ten?""A jack," says Jimmy.


Featured Article 

What you need to know before Buying a Set of Bagpipes

New or Used- With new pipes, you know where they came from, how they've been treated, and there is usually a guarantee. With used pipes, there may have been repairs done or it may need some restoration, and you don't know how they've been treated. If you go with used, ask lots of questions and get a second opinion from an experienced piper.

Budget- Know what you are willing to spend. Prices will vary due to maker, material, and ornamentation.

Brand- Ask around to other pipers and retailers to compare various pipes. There are manufacturers in Scotland, the US, Canada, and other parts of the world.

Material- Traditionally, pipes are made from African Blackwood, but there are pipes made of Cocobolo or Rosewood. Polypenco pipes are becoming more common as well.

Ornamentation- Most makers have a range of models available, from a basic set to full engraved silver mounts, ferrules, etc. The sound is generally the same between the models, it is just the look that changes.  As you increase the ornamentation, you add to the price. Find what you like in your budget.

Once you find a set of "sticks" that fit your budget and your preference for looks and material, then you can get them set up with various reeds, bags, cords, covers, etc.

We have many sets of Bagpipes available from various manufacturers.  Ask us for quotes! 

Upcoming Events

Product Reviews              


"This device vastly multiplies one's opportunities to practice, and the simulated drones are a nice touch that help to spice a practice session up. Good earbuds make a difference.Crossing noises are very clear, but make sure your hands are moist or use some handcream to hydrate -- this device will not work with dry hands.
The drones are nice but still a little digital sounding. Be aware that on the GHB setting some grace notes almost cannot be heard at all with some combinations. I switch to the smallpipes setting if I am focussing on grace, as they are clearer in that mode....
Overall, this device has been very favourable in increasing my ability to learn tunes and play the pipes -- highly recommended!"


Don't forget to submit your own product reviews on our website.
Let other customers know what you thought of the products we offer.



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Rauncie Kinnaird

Kinnaird Bagpipes

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Saskatoon, SK
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