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This instrument tunes easily and sounds good - as expected from a set of Shepherd pipes. But, at some point in its life this instrument had the bass middle section replaced. The turning is close enough that it is not obvious without close inspection. The beading & combing is in good shape. There are a couple of small chips on the ring caps (outside tenor & bass) and a couple of small dings on the wood of the bell on the outside tenor. This set has an 8" Airstream blowpipe - it needs a valve. It...
Purchased new about 18 years ago and barely played after that. Wood, varnish, and imitation ivory mounts are almost perfect - blowstick needs to be cleaned to bring back the shine. War-Mac poly chanter that has not been carved and reed cap. Well padded hard case. Things to replace: mouthpiece, reeds, old hide bag.
Wood is in good shape for the age with one chip on a tenor drone near the caps, no splits or cracks, and no chips or dings in the beading and combing. Small dings and one 1/8" chip on the imitation ivory. Chanter is uncarved. Original blowstick. Pipes include appraisal form with a re-sale value of $1,300 from Angus MacDonald at Tartan Thistle Pipes sold as sticks and stocks with case. Bag shown in picture is not salvagable.
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