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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.
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.