For Sale

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Mouthblown Reel Pipes for Sale

This is a beautifully made, hallmarked silver set of mouth blown Fred Morrison reel pipes by McCallum Bagpipes. African blackwood, they are in the key of A with bass, baritone and tenor drones.

They come complete with a Canmore bag and ‘drone start’ lever. They were bought new for £1700 and have hardly been played. They are as new. The cost new was £1700. On offer for £1200. Call Norman MacDonald on 07909 960 750.


New Book on Piping Published

The author Robert Porter writes: Over the past two years or so, I have written a number of subjective articles about my bagpiping experiences, including in The Irish Times and Common Stock, the magazine of the Lowland and Borders Pipers’ Society. I have put them together and written some connecting material and amalgamated them into a little book that is available on Amazon entitled ‘Adventures in Bagpiping‘.

This little book is intended to be a reflection on half a lifetime of playing the bagpipes. It is a personal and subjective description of my journey through life with my pipes at my side. As such, it is intended not only to entertain, but perhaps also to inspire other pipers to savour the rich joy and cultural significance of the instrument; and, perhaps most importantly, to grab piping opportunities with both hands as they present themselves.

The author, Robert Porter

After school I went to Pembroke College, Cambridge, to read law where I committed what in piping terms was a ‘gross felony’. One of the fellows at Pembroke, and my Roman Law tutor, was James Campbell, the son of Archibald Campbell of the ‘Kilberry Book’ fame.

James was a prominent piobaireachd judge and knew the Kilberry Book off by heart. He was there for me any time I wanted, but I was too interested in carousing and hell-raising, so in my three years there I only had two lessons off him. As they say, ‘youth is wasted on the young’.

The pipes are a tool for accessing the subconscious and opening the doorway to our primeval selves. Just listening to the intricacies of a piobaireachd for fifteen minutes puts you in a trance.

It’s as if a shaman were incanting beatitudinal magic spells over your head and sprinkling you with medicinal intoxicating substances. And within that trance all our cares and worries wash over us and matter no more for the duration.

Book is 58 pages, timescale is 1978 – present, size is 6.5” x 8.5”. 

The book, priced £4.99, is available here.


10 thoughts on “For Sale

  1. Travelling with ivory pipes not always a problem. I purchased an set of ebony and ivory pipes in Canada and then carried them with me back to the Philippines. I had to get Cites export documentation in Canada and Cites import documentation before I first left the Philippines to Canada to pick up the pipes. It involved time to fill out and get documentation processed but otherwise no problems at all with customs either at Toronto or Manila airports with just a quick glance by them at both places. But a point to watch is the expiry date in the documentation. My travel got delayed after documents were first issued and I had to get it re-issued. But again only issue was form filling. All officials handling documents in both countries werevvery understanding and helpful.

  2. I have a set of Gillanders Mcleod that I purchased back in 1988. Thry were owned by somone From Alabama; I went out of the country numerous times with the Military before retiring. Just turned 80 , am wondering if it safe to make one more trip out of country. I am hoping to leave them to my Grands. For information, I only play them for me enjoyment. With the ones who were involved and knowledge of them are deceased I can’t verify when , where, or how I got them. If someone is interested about them , let me know. The Ivory piece on chanter mouth blowpipe
    split a few years back

    1. I bought them actually and had them directly shipped to New York City with them passing customs with ease. Furthermore, I’ve not only travelled internationally with this set but in the past 40 years have done so with past silver and ivory sets and have never been asked or bothered by customs.

      They don’t care.

    2. Thanks; I saw a couple of years back of some lads who
      traveled from NY to Canada and back, but customs had nabbed them. That got my attention. I understand they were returned, because they had belonged to their dads or relative who had them awhile. True or not , I don’t know

  3. I have a large collection of CDs,LPs,and tapes for sale .If interested or if you know of someone who may be contact by email or phone 1 519 472 9895. Thanks

    1. Do you have a list of the LPs if still available?
      Basically there are a number of piping LPs/EPs that I would be interested in if you have any. These are:
      Robert Reid – Piobaireachd (2 vols.)
      Pipe Major John Wilson – Visits the British Columbia Pipers’ Association (or “Bagpipe Solos”, which is another version of the same LP) (Canadian LP)
      Muirhead & Sons Ltd Pipe Band – Champions du Monde (French LP)
      Any of the Malcolm Ross Macpherson – Binneas is Boreraig series of LPs.

    1. I believe that is correct. My understanding of the current rules is that worked ivory products transferred from one individual to another in pursuit of financial gain after February 25, 2014 are ineligible for a CITES permit in the United States.

      The result is that while the ivory could otherwise be legal to own (it was taken from the wild and imported into US prior to the enactment of the CITES regulations, or later, in accordance with them), you will not be able to obtain the documentation necessary to establish that.

      In theory, such ivory could be confiscated within the US. Traveling internationally with it or attempting to ship it across the US border would be extremely inadvisable, in my opinion.

  4. Don’t sell these ivory pipes to anyone in the USA or any other country that signed the 2014 ESA outlawing any sale of ivory products it out proper CITES certificate.

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