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Vintage Bagpipes from McGillivray Piping:
Carrying piping's past into the future

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Donald MacPhee, circa 1870s
This set of ebony pipes mounted in ivory and engraved silver was made in Glasgow by Donald MacPhee in the 1870s. His shop would be taken over by Peter Henderson in 1880.

There is something in the mystery of the old instruments that captivates and motivates us. Is the old wood really better? Did the old makers know something we don't? Do musical instruments improve with age? Why do most of the great players play vintage pipes? Who was the greatest maker of all time? How did they do it with no electricity??

These questions and others continue to occupy the thoughts of vintage bagpipe afficionados.

I take pride in acquiring great old pipes. I take great care in their refurbishment and in playing them to determine their musical worth.

I also go to great lengths to make sure vintage bagpipe buyers know exactly what they are getting in terms of make, quality and repairs that have been undertaken.

If you're looking for an old instrument, I hope you'll trust me to help you as those who have written testimonials below have trusted me. If you're not looking for an old set, then please take the time to enjoy my photos and descriptions of bagpipe history below. If you have an old set you would like to part with, please email me.

If you would like to read my comprehensive article on the vintage bagpipe trade, published on pipes|drums in 2010, click here. You may need a subscription to view the article, but a pipes|drums subscription is well worth the modest price."

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About McGillivray Piping Vintage Bagpipes


Working with vintage bagpipes is as much a hobby as a business for me. I enjoy the process of turning up old pipes and making sure they will be played for years to come. I think it is a good thing for piping. As such, I take great care in purchasing, examining and restoring old pipes.

My refurbisher is J. Dunbar Bagpipe Maker.  Not only do they do masterful restorations, they have eagle eyes for examining 150-year-old wood and discovering replacement pieces and flaws that should be addressed before you play the pipes. If a set of pipes has a replacement or repaired piece, you will know about it before you buy.

It is important to note that repairs to cracked pieces are not the bad news one might think. The two greatest woods from which pipes can be made are ebony and cocuswood. Both are tonally superior to blackwood, but they are much less resilient, so it is becoming rare to find pre-1900 pipes in these woods without cracks. An old set that has not been played in years dries out and existing cracks close up and become almost invisible to the average buyer. Thus, when people say they bought a vintage set and a piece cracked when the pipes were played, chances are the crack was there when the pipes were bought. Playing them puts moisture back into the wood, and the crack opens up. By removing the finish from virtually all pipes I acquire, I can uncover and address these problems before you have to! I make sure cracks are found and fixed before the pipes are sold.

"In short, I am delighted with the old pipes. They shall be fine company through the winter, as we prepare for the spring solo season, when I expect they will turn more than a few heads. Thanks again for your help with them, Jim.  Their tone is everything you said it would be."
Eddie Selden, Seabrook, Texas
(circa 1905 silver and ivory cocuswood Hendersons)

While some cracks can be sealed, fixed and rendered nearly invisible by proper  gluing, this is not always a reliable or long-lasting repair technique, particularly with cocuswood and ebony, which don't glue well.

I often employ a traditional and very effective technique called invisible whipping to fix cracks. This entails turning down some of the combing groups on a lathe, gluing the crack, then wrapping it with strong, thin cord that binds that crack closed forever. A mixture of blackwood dust and glue is then applied over the whipping. When this dries, the repairs are turned down, re-combed and polished. The crack will not open again, and there is no effect on the tone of the pipes. The repaired combing is only slightly noticeable as different from the original. The technique is virtually foolproof.

While I have all sets examined carefully for flaws and integrity, I keep my restorations to a minimum. Mounts are reafixed as required, and the wood is stripped and refinished as required. I do whatever is possible to retain all original pieces. I feel it is far preferable for the tonal and historical integrity of the pipes to repair a piece than to replace it.

It is still possible for an otherwise sound vintage pipe to crack once you start playing it. Again, while a disappointment, this is not a tragedy as the pipes can almost always be repaired to their original tone and steadiness. I cannot guarantee vintage pipes against new cracks, but if it happens I will work with you to see it repaired effectively.

If you have any questions about these techniques or would like to talk about vintage pipes available or some of the "coming soon" pipes listed above, please email me.

For more photos of vintage pipes and more information on them, you can go to Ron 'Ringo' Bowen's Bagpipe Museum site. Ron and I have pipe band connections that go back about 30 years and we consult quite closely about pipes.

For even more information on old pipes and pipemakers, consult Jeannie Campbell's superb book, Highland Bagpipe Makers, which I use constantly in my research and descriptions here. Click on the link to purchase it from the shopping cart.

One note about old pipes....  Over the years I've acquired and sold vintage pipes, I've noticed buyers gravitating toward the big names: Henderson, Lawrie, MacDougall. While these are great pipes to be sure, I frequently find 100+ year-old vintage sets that I won't put a name to because I'm just not sure. (Other sellers would do well to be less sure!) Many of these sets are absolutely outstanding instruments, yet they will sit on the site for a year because I haven't put a great name beside them. Finally some adventurous soul will snap them up and is blown away by a gem nobody else wanted. If a set looks attractive to you, and the description suggests they are a great set, email me. Tell me what you propose to use them for and I'll let you know if I think they are suitable. Don't let a real find pass you by just because it doesn't have an obvious pedigree!


"Jim: it was a pleasure working with you and purchasing my vintage pipes. I am also very pleased on your set-up selection that allowed me to play them as soon as I received them. I can't put them down! Your new poly JMcG solo chanter and the reed you selected for me is bright and crisp. I have never played a high A so cleanly and with such little effort. Your advice and patience was very much appreciated. You truly are in the business because of your love for piping!
Hoping to do business with you again."

John F. Shattuck
Andover Ma

 
Invisible whipping
These restored ebony MacDougall drone pieces are from the same set. Distinguishing the invisible-whipped combs from the untouched sections is almost impossible. They are almost perfect.


 

 

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Moisture control is crucial when playing old pipes.
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Coming soon (currently in refurbishment or in transit):

~circa 1905 engraved Lawries, ebony, ivory -- NOW POSTED
~circa 1900 Henderson, ebony, ivory and engraved German silver -- NOW POSTED
~1962 silver and ivory Robertsons


"Hi Jim: I have been playing the remounted Lawrie set you sold me for almost a month now. It really is an outstanding instrument and I am very happy with it. It has a powerfull, yet round and very pleasent drone sound and great stability. I feel privileged to play a set like that and I will put them to good use, for many years on."
Jens Olsen
Nykoebing, Denmark


New Reproduction models coming soon --
-Donald MacPhee, circa 1870 (see photo of original at the top of this page; Donald MacPhee was the leading player of his day in the 1870s; his pipemaking shop was taken over by Peter Henderson after MacPhee's untimely passing in 1880 at age 38; the original MacPhees shown above behave for all intents and purposes like a pre-1900 Henderson bagpipe)
~Robertsons, circa 1940 -- NOW POSTED
~David Glen, circa 1890s in cocobola -- NOW POSTED


Pipes currently in stock...

 

Lawrie, circa 1905, ebony, silver and ivory
Lawrie, silver and ivory, circa 1905

This is one of the earliest silver and ivory Lawries we've had on the site in a long time. All of the pieces are original except for the blowpipe, which is a poly replica with internal valve and the original mount. The chanter is an old Hardie fitted with the original engraved silver sole. The blowpipe bulb is modern polypenco, and the sleeve is engraved nickel. The blowpipe mount has aged more than the rest of the ivory, but does appear to be original. I suspect an owner at some point used a different blowpipe and stored the original in a damp place. One lower projecting mount has a rice-grain-sized chip.

The set was dated by the previous owner, and external evidence and profiles support a date that could indeed be as early as 1905.

As with any 100+ year old ebony, there were three or four hairline crack on the outside of the wood. None threatened any of the pieces, but I prefer to have all of these sealed or invisible whipped as required. No whipping was needed on this set.

It should be noted that this style of Lawrie bagpipe with engraved, tapered, metal ferrules, are usually called "silver and ivory." In fact, the silver is plating only. But Lawrie executed the best plating I've ever seen. Even after years of terrible tarnishing on the mountes of an unplayed pipes, these buff up to a gorgeous sheen.

The drones are a tonal masterpiece -- big, bold and steady. This is a prize set.

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As shown, sticks only
CAD $6,450 plus shipping

Set up to play - Ross Bag, with blackwood MCC2 or JMcG chanter, Ezeedrone, Kinnaird Evolution or Canning drone reeds, bag cover, cords.
CAD $7,095  plus shipping


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Lawrie, silver and ivory, circa 1905 Lawrie, silver and ivory, circa 1905 Lawrie, silver and ivory, circa 1905 Lawrie, silver and ivory, circa 1905
 

 

Unknown ebony, circa pre-1890, ivory, nickel ferrules
unknown, ebony, circa 1880, ivory, nickel ferrules

This is a really neat bagpipe. Tonally, it is one of the best instruments I've had in my hands in some time. The sound is huge and room-filling. When I put my own Ezeedrones into them and plugged the drones into my own stocks and with my own chanter, I tuned them and immediately played 4 minutes of 4/4 marches without the slightest wobble. They locked like they were digital -- but with life and boldness.

They came to me as unknown, though educated guesses range, in order, from Henderson to early Lawrie to Donald MacPhee, the latter being Ron Bowen's considered assessment
. Certainly in the Glasgow tradition. The sticks are ebony and quite massive. The pipes are noticeably heavier than other such mounted pipes, confirming the amount of wood used, especially in the drone tops.


The ferrules are quite distincive -- a bit in the old Robertson tradition -- and may well be later additions. The lovely old ebony shows sapwood here and there, adding to the visual character. As with any 125-year-old ebony, there were a couple of hairline cracks. I take no chances and have all of these filled or whipped, whether they look threatening or not. This set needed no whipping. The two tenor stocks are quite noticeably different lengths. This is not uncommon among pre-1900 pipes of various makes (especially Glen), though no one is quite sure why. The bass bottom joint is worn almost smooth.

The set was stripped (which is how we find the wee hairlines) and refinished. The tuning chambers were reamed perfectly even.

A first-class set of pipes which may live out their lives unnamed.

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As shown, sticks only
CAD $5,150 plus shipping

Set up to play - Ross Bag, with blackwood MCC2 or JMcG chanter, Ezeedrone, Kinnaird Evolution or Canning drone reeds, bag cover, cords.
CAD $5,895  plus shipping


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Henderson, circa 1900, ebony, German silver and ivory
Henderson, 1900, German silver and ivory

This old Henderson set could pass for silver and ivory, but is in fact German silver, a high quality precursor to what we now call nickel.

The wood is ebony. The pipes are beautifully made and the ivory is in excellent shape for its age, showing only a few spider lines here and there.

The set underwent a major refurbishment with hairline cracks, particularly under ferrules, in several pieces. All were invisible whipped.

Very few are visible except in one or two places where the browner shade of ebony couldn't be perfectly matched on the bead.  Invisible whipping is foolproof. Those cracks will not reopen.

Two of the five stocks are not originals. The drone stocks are all original, the chanter and blowstick stocks are replicas with the original mounts affixed. The ivory projecting mount on the blowstick was replaced with a matching Henderson mount. You would not know it isn't original. The set was refinished.

The pipes display a fabulous, ebony Henderson tone, full but refined in a way only ebony can offer. The drones are steady, vibrant, full of blend, and tune in the right places.

This pipe could be played at any level.

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As shown, sticks only
CAD $5,450 plus shipping

Set up to play - Ross Bag, with blackwood MCC2 or JMcG chanter, Ezeedrone, Kinnaird Evolution or Canning drone reeds, bag cover, cords.
CAD $6,195  plus shipping


Henderson, 1900, German silver and ivory Henderson, 1900, German silver and ivory Henderson, 1900, German silver and ivory Henderson, 1900, German silver and ivory
Henderson, 1900, German silver and ivory Henderson, 1900, German silver and ivory Henderson, 1900, German silver and ivory Henderson, 1900, German silver and ivory
 

 

Robertson, hallmarked 1953 silver and ivory
Robertson, 1953, silver and ivory

SOLD - This is an absolutely lovely Robertson set made in Edinburgh in silver and ivory, hallmarked 1953. They are in beatiful shape with a gorgeous thistle silver pattern. The ivory is immaculate. The blowstick is a delrin replacement, though the ivory mount and thistle sleeve are original. The ivory bulb may or may not be original.

The pipes come with the original Robertson chanter and silver sole. It's not the kind of chanter one would play, as modern reeds don't suit it, but it's nice to have the original piece and the silver sole can be put onto another chanter.

The set required only polishing on the lathe, shortening of the blowstick, and a gentle reaming of the tuning chambers to even up the tuning action again.

The tone is as typically Robertson as the appearance — big, bold, and very steady.

One thing to note is that the stocks are tapered, which Robertson did frequently before the mid-1950s. This means that if you employ a moisture control system with these pipes, it it will need to be a suction-cup type rather than a stock-insertion type as the latter will just fall out.  

The pipes also come with a "Certificate of Authenticity and Opinion of Value" done by Ron Bowen in 2016.

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As shown, sticks only
CAD $6,450 plus shipping

Set up to play - Ross Bag, with polypenco MCC2 or JMcG blackwood chanter, Ezeedrone, Kinnaird Evolution or Canning drone reeds, bag cover, cords.
CAD $7,195  plus shipping


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Robertson, 1953, silver and ivory Robertson, 1953, silver and ivory Robertson, 1953, silver and ivory Robertson, 1953, silver and ivory
 

 

Henderson, circa 1930, cocuswood/Brazillian kingwood, nickel, ivory
Henderson cocuswood, circa 1930

SOLD - This is a slightly unusual Henderson set. It appears to be a mixture of cocuswood and Brazillian kingwood. This was not an uncommon Henderson configuration in the 1920s and 1930s. The ferrules are nickel, and the mounts and caps are ivory.

This is a tonally
 superb set, with a sweetness to the Henderson sound that is different from the more robust blackwood.

There are a couple of very slight dings in the projecting mounts, one on the blowstick, and a smaller one on the bass bottom.

The set has no original chanter (the chanter in the photographs was included by mistake). All stocks are replicas with matching ferrules, as there were no stocks with this set. The blowstick stock is a poly split stock, the rest are blackwood.

The pipes were refinished some years ago and the finish is still in excellent shape. The unusual wood configuration and replacement stocks result in a superb price for the classic Henderson sound.
 

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As shown, sticks only
CAD $3,650 plus shipping

Set up to play - Ross Bag, 'JMcG' or MCC2 solo blacwood chanter, Kinnaird Evolution or Canning drone reeds, bag cover, cords.
CAD $4,295  plus shipping

 

Henderson cocuswood drones Slides, ferrules, projecting mounts Ivory projecting mounts Stocks
Cocuswood bells Ivory caps Wood, combing  


 

R. G. Hardie, 1963-64, hallmarked engraved Sterling silver, ivory
Silver and ivory Hardie, 1951-52

Bob Hardie and partner John Weatherston always used superb, well-seasoned wood. Their pipes are well made, steady, and easy to reed.

This set is mounted in ivory and engraved silver, hallmarked 1963-64. It is in superb shape. The only repair required to the wood was to seal a crack in the blowpipe stock. The ivory blowpipe bulb was cracked beyond repair and has been replaced by an artificial ivory bulb. The engraved silver sleeve is original.

The set was stripped and refinished and comes with the original Hardie chanter and silver sole. The chanter may well be beyond going well with today's reeds, but its presence is a reflection of how well the pipes have been cared for.

Hardie pipes are sought in many circles for their mellower tone. They do not have overpowering volume but they are extremely steady. 

This is a beautiful set in great condition, perfect for a hobbyist who would like a sparkling and steady high-end bagpipe.

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As shown, sticks only, and original chanter and sole
CAD $5,050 plus shipping

Set up to play - Ross Bag, with polypenco MCC2 or JMcG chanter, Kinnaird Evolution or Canning drone reeds, bag cover, cords.
CAD $5,795  plus shipping



 

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Silver and ivory Hardies, 1951-52 Silver and ivory Hardies, 1951-52 Silver and ivory Hardies, 1951-52
Silver and ivory Hardies, 1951-52

 

Kron Standard model, 1998, blackwood, plain Sterling silver, artificial ivory
Kron Heritage, 2002, blackwood, plain Sterling silver, artificial ivory

This set came to me as a Kron Heritage set made in 2002, but feedback from customer has sent me back to rethink, and I believe now that it is the original Kron model made prior to the Heritage, which was developed in 2001. The chanter, #229, was made in 1998, and I suspect the pipes were made at this time as well.

The pipes were extremely well crafted, and this model was the standard configuration: plain Sterling silver ferrules and artificial ivory projecting mounts and ring caps. The tone is full and steady. This set is in virtually pristine condition, except for one rice-grain sized chip on one projecting mount.

This would be an excellent work-a-day set for a young competitive player, or an attractive, easy-to-reed and trouble-free pipe for a learner of any age. Another of these sets was sold on the site recently, though a later model.


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As shown, sticks only with chanter
CAD $2,050 plus shipping

Set up to play with Kron chanter - Ross Bag, Kinnaird Evolution or Canning drone reeds, bag cover, cords.
CAD $2,695  plus shipping


 

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Kron Heritage, 2002, blackwood, plain Sterling silver, artificial ivory Kron Heritage, 2002, blackwood, plain Sterling silver, artificial ivory Kron Heritage, 2002, blackwood, plain Sterling silver, artificial ivory Kron Heritage, 2002, blackwood, plain Sterling silver, artificial ivory
 


 

REPRODUCTION: "The Robbie" by Dunbar Bagpipes and Jim McGillivray
Robertson reproduction

This line of pipes is a reproduction of a set of Robertson pipes made in the 1940s. The original was made of African blackwood and mounted in elephant ivory. It was acquired from former Toronto Police Pipe Major and double Gold Medallist Ian K. MacDonald. I remember well Ian playing these pipes when I was teaching him as a teenager.
 

Original Robertson
This is the original 1940s Robertson cocuswood bagpipe owned by double Gold Medallist Ian K. MacDonald and used for this reproduction.

This reproduction is made from African blackwood. The artificial ivory is non-chip delrin (polypenco). The blowpipe is polypenco. 
It is made by Dunbar Bagpipes in St. Catharines, Ontario. A superb maker, the company undertakes all of my vintage refurbishments and I value their work and professionalism immensely -- a vastly underrated pipemaker. The pipes can also be made in Mexican ebony.

James Robertson made pipes in Edinburgh from 1908 until his death in 1948, though the company continued until the mid-1960s. His pipes are easily identified by their distinctive 'mushroom' projecting mounts. He is one of the most consistent pipemakers I have enountered in many years of dealing in hundreds of sets of vintage pipes. Pipemakers today speak highly of his superb workmanship.

His pipes are full, rich and extremely steady in the Henderson tradition. 
This reproduction uses the exact tonal measurements from the original Robertson set.  These replica sets come with a one-year guarantee against cracking. 

It should be noted that the Peter Henderson/R. G, Hardie pipemaking company owns the rights to the Robertson name. The name is used here with permission, and the pipes have no connection to those made by the Glasgow firm.

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As shown, sticks only.
CAD $1,950 plus shipping

Set up to play - Ross Bag, with polypenco MCC2 or JMcG poly chanter, Ezeedrone, Kinnaird Evolution or Canning drone reeds, bag cover, cords.
CAD $2,495  plus shipping

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REPRODUCTION: "The Edinburgh" by Dunbar Bagpipes and Jim McGillivray
Glen reproduction

This line of pipes is a reproduction of an exceptional David Glen bagpipe made in the 1890s. The original was made in cocuswood (David Glen's favoured wood) and mounted in elephant ivory. The reproduction pictured is made in cocobola.

Unfortunately, since this set was made, cocobola has become unavailable. The bagpipe will now be available in Mexican ebony, very similar in appearance and with an exceptional tone, as well as African blackwood. The cocobola bagpipe pictured here is still available, the last of its kind.

The artificial ivory is non-chip delrin (polypenco). The blowpipe is polypenco.

The reproduction is made by Dunbar Bagpipes in St. Catharines, Ontario. A superb maker, the company undertakes all of my vintage refurbishments and I value their work and professionalism immensely -- a vastly underrated pipemaker.

Glen original
This is the original 1890s David Glen cocuswood bagpipe used for this reproduction.

David Glen (1853-1916) came from a family of pipemakers that included his father Alexander (1801-1873) and uncles and cousins who formed the J&R Glen pipemaking firm. David's meticulous manufacturing standards and tonal excellence, and his prolific work as a compliler of pipe music have earned him monumental status as a piping figure.

His pipes are rich and steady, and slightly more subdued than the Henderson and Lawrie sets that were coming into form in the late 1800s. This reproduction uses the exact measurements from the original 1890s Glen set. I'm particularly pleased with how steady and easy to reed it is.  
These replica sets come with a one-year guarantee against cracking. 

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As shown, sticks only
CAD $1,950 CAD plus shipping

Set up to play - Ross Bag, with polypenco MCC2 or JMcG poly chanter, Ezeedrone, Kinnaird Evolution or Canning drone reeds, bag cover, cords.
CAD $2,495  plus shipping

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REPRODUCTION: "The Breadalbane" by Dunbar Bagpipes and Jim McGillivray
The Breadalbane reproduction of a Duncan MacDougall bagpipe


"The Breadalbane" is a reproduction of a bagpipe made by Duncan MacDougall around 1880. The name comes from the stamp he used on his pipes during the time he lived on the Breadalbane estate at Taymouth Castle during the 1870s and early 1880s. Pipes he made at this time were stamped "D McDougall, Breadalbane."

I purchased the original bagpipe from a well known Scottish piping figure, the late Allan Beaton. He actually purchased it from the Taymouth Castle estate where it had resided for as long as anyone can remember.

This reproduction is made by Dunbar Bagpipes in St. Catharines, Ontario, a superb pipemaking firm founded by Jack Dunbar in the 1960s. Jack learned his trade at the Henderson shop in the 1940s.

These sets are currently made from high-quality blackwood that was harvested in 2005-6. The projecting mounts are of holly, the metal mounts are aluminum, hand-engraved by David Davidse of Truehand Engraving. Both craftsmen have captured superbly the lines and shapes of the original pipes.

Like the original, the tone is rich and subtle -- neither booming like a Henderson pipe nor subdued like David Glen's. The classic, enveloping Duncan MacDougall bass drone sound has been captured beautifully.


"The Breadalbane reproduction arrived. It is the best sounding pipe that I have ever bought. Odd, I've been experimenting with pipes for a while and were told that my sets sounded similar to MacDougalls. I now see what people meant.  Great sounding set. I would recommend them to anyone who is looking for a sound that is a cut above the rest. My hat is off to Rick Pettigrew at Dunbar and Jim McGillivray for bringing this into existence."
Stephen Anderson, Louden, TN


As pictured below, the bagpipe can also be fitted with closed, beaded aluminum ferrules, beaded ring caps and plain aluminum slides. ("Beaded" refers to the metal ring encircling one end of the ferrule or the bottom of the ring cap.) The bagpipe is also available with full holly mounts. The blowpipe is blackwood with a wide bore and polypenco lining to prevent splitting of the wood.

Original 1880s Breadalbane MacDougall
This is the original 1880s Breadalbane MacDougall bagpipe used in this reproduction.


These replica sets come with a one-year guarantee against cracking. Use the mp3 player below to hear Jim McGillivray play part of the piobaireachd "MacIntosh's Banner" on a "Breadalbane" bagpipe:


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As shown in photo above, sticks only
CAD $2,700 plus shipping

Full holly mounts, sticks only
CAD $2,520 plus shipping

With beaded ferrules and caps, plain aluminum slides, sticks only
CAD $3,295 plus shipping

Unbeaded ferrules as shown in photo above, set up to play - Ross Bag, MCC2 McCallum poly chanter, Canning or Kinnaird Evolution drone reeds, bag cover, cords.
CAD $3,295  plus shipping


Full holly mounts, set up to play
CAD $3,035 plus shipping


With beaded ferrules and caps, plain aluminum slides, set up to play
CAD $3,535 plus shipping


McGillivray Piping Inc. is not associated with Mr. David Atherton or Atherton Bagpipes, and neither company sponsors or endorses the products of the other.
 

Breadalbane drones, end view
Breadalbane drones, side view
Breadalbane drones, bottom view
Bottom projecting mounts
Breadalbane tenor drones Close-up of hand-engraved aluminum ferrules
Bells and drone tops
Projecting mounts close
Engraved drone caps with holly bushes Stocks Wood and combing close-up  
Below are photos of the Breadalbane option with beaded, closed drone ferrules, beaded ring caps, and plain aluminum tuning slides.
The Breadalban option with beaded ferrules and rings and plain aluminum slides. Breadalbane beaded with plain slides, holly projecting mounts Beaded ferrules, plain slides Closed ferrules on tuning chambes
Below are photos of the Breadalbane option in full holly.

Fully-holly mounted Breadalbane

 

Holly-mounted Breadalbane Holly ring caps, bushes

Holly tenor ferrules

 

The Breadalbane in full artificial ivory.
Breadalbane artificial ivory

 

"These pipes are a revelation to me.  I've heard pipes described poetically before; about ease of play; about drones "locking in" and staying tuned, and so on. But I never really understood until now. These pipes WANT to be in tune. They're easy to tune and they stay that way. I'm not the steadiest blower (yet) but these drones stay solid. The sound is beautiful and the vibration on the shoulder is great. They are everything you said they were."
Bruce Landay, Andover, Massachusetts
(early cocuswood Thows)

 

"If you recall, a few months back I purchased a vintage set of David Glen pipes from you. The warm and mellow tone is exactly what I was hoping for. They are easy to play and I'm able to concentrate on blowing tone. Once I have them locked in, they really do sing. Comments on my score sheets have gone from 'harsh tone' to 'excellent harmonics', 'excellent instrument for this grade', 'bright and consonant pipe'.  As a player, I now feel that the onus is on me to improve my playing up to the level of the instrument, something that wasn't happening with my old setup.  This is the kind of motivation I was looking for. So thanks for the transaction. It was easy and I'm thankful for the great communication that we had via email throughout the process.  It was a pleasure doing business with you."
Matthew Wilson
Averill, New York

 

"This is the 5th set of silver and ivory pipes I have had and by far this is the nicest set, Jim!!! They are stunning!!!"
P/M Bill McFarlane, Ft. Lauderdale Highlanders Pipe Band, Florida
(1935 silver and ivory Lawries)


"I just played the pre-1916 Thows.  Outstanding set.  Very warm.  I had a set of Rocket reeds that SFU plays and plugged them in.  It brought the tuning right at the hemp line.  I must say they are one of the best sets I have played."
Evan Mackay
Carlsbad, CA


"You have definitely become the world's number one source for anyone looking to sell or acquire vintage bagpipes."
Troy Guindon, St. Andrews West, Ontario
(1914 silver and ivory Lawries)

 

"I must say that doing business with you has been a real pleasure.  In dealing with something as unique as vintage bagpipes  there’s always some degree of uncertainty involved. However, I can say without  any reservations that the two sets I have purchased from you have been top notch. I couldn’t be more pleased. You have been most helpful and very knowledgeable.  I’m sure we will do business again in the future."
Tom Bauman, Fallbrook, CA

 


 

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This is the best pipe case humidifier I have found. I use it in my own pipe cases, and I use one in each of the individual storage boxes in which I store my stock of vintage pipes. It measures about 4 inches long and requires additional refilling every week or so, depending on conditions. More information.....Humidifier, hygrometer and replacement gel, CAD $54.50.
Moisture control is crucial for pipers, and especially for pipers playing old wood. This is a specially constructed tube watertrap made to fit in the bottom of the blowstick stock. More information.... Cdn $35
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