Here’s a hot topic! Do I buy a domestically made bagpipe...
What makes one bagpipe superior to another bagpipe? How do I know that I’m getting the best value for my money? Are older bagpipes better than new bagpipes? Is brand “X” better than brand “Y”? How much should I spend?
I hear these questions time and time again. I wish that the answers were simple, but in truth they are not. One thing that you’ll discover is that there are many different and opposing opinions. I will leave it to you to discover why this is so. This much I will say with strong conviction. If you carefully consider the information contained herein, and use it as your benchmark, you will greatly improve the prospects of being rewarded when you make your purchase. Having a “choice” is good. Having the knowledge to make the right choice is better!
Not all bagpipes are created equally. Price is not a good indication of how well a bagpipe is made or how it will sound and/or behave.
Not all opinions are equal either. You should search hard for the reasoning behind all opinions, even those expressed herein. Sometimes by looking beyond the opinion expressed you will find clues as to why the opinion is held and passed on. Sometimes these opinions stand up to close scrutiny. Often they do not.
Are the best bagpipes made in Scotland? Not necessarily. There are very excellent bagpipes made both in Scotland and outside of Scotland. These will become evident as we work our way through this publication. There are also some terrible bagpipes made both in Scotland and elsewhere around the world. These too will become evident to you. Suffice to say, these toys should be avoided altogether. They are perhaps only suitable for wall decoration, albeit they are not even good aesthetic examples of the craft they pretend to represent.