What you need to know before Buying a Set of BagpipesNew 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!