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    Quote Originally Posted by TheeBooch View Post

    I had an inkling a lot of the pipes on Ebay are way overpriced. I'll hunt for something good in the meantime. Patience is seldom not rewarded.
    It's the funny thing about Ebay! There are pipes wildly overpriced, and pipes wildly underpriced, all the time.

    The wildly overpriced sets sit on Ebay forever.

    The wildly underpriced sets disappear instantly if they're Buy It Now.

    They can instantly disappear too, if they're Auction, as soon as the sellers realise their true value. They get relisted at a higher price or sold off-Ebay.

    The most informative Ebay sales are the Auctions with low Opening Bids that are allowed to run their full time. Only then can we see the bagpipes' value as perceived by the bidders.
    Last edited by OC Richard; 18th November 21 at 06:13 AM.
    Proud Mountaineer from the Highlands of West Virginia; son of the Revolution and Civil War; first Europeans on the Guyandotte

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    Here are Sterling Silver mounted Naills for under $2,000

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/11508910856...IAAOSweeBhi~iR

    and vintage Robertsons for under $1,500

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/14429244861...IAAOSwtFphhcwx

    Pretty sure a set of Robertsons will blow any modern pipes out of the water, yet these have been on Ebay for a while with no interest.

    I just can't understand it. While these have been on Ebay, dozens, perhaps hundreds, of OK-playing modern sets have been sold, for MORE than these classic Robertsons.

    James Robertson, father and son, made pipes in Edinburgh from 1908 to 1948 when James Jr passed away. The business continued until 1964 but I don't know if they continued making pipes, or only the various books they published and their famous Airtight bag seasoning (later produced by R G Hardie).
    Last edited by OC Richard; 18th November 21 at 06:31 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OC Richard View Post
    For those who had thought about getting into smallpipes but were put off by the prices here's a Dunbar smallpipe for a very low opening bid.

    Who can say how high the bidding might eventually go.

    I didn't know Dunbar made smallpipes. I've been on their site many times but never looked at anything other than their fullsize pipes.

    These are the setup I prefer and play myself, mouthblown, with drones in separate stocks. The Victorian makers called these "miniature Highland pipes, or chamber pipes".

    They have one of those old L&M "elkhide" (chrome-tanned cowhide) bags that last forever and never need seasoning.

    I'm guessing they're in the key of B-flat.

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Dunbar-Bagp...p2056016.l4276
    Did somebody here buy these? I'd be interested to know what you ended up with, if so.

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    The reply and pictures I got were pretty useless - any luck yourself?

    I would imagine some people either got better responses, know better what they are looking at, or feel this is a safe lottery ticket, as the pipes are now up over $600.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OC Richard View Post
    This is one of those Ebay listings that quite possibly could be a wonderful vintage set!!

    But with blurry photos and a description by somebody who obviously knows nothing about bagpipes, it's also possible that it's not what it seems.

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/15470580496...gAAOSwXtthlWyx

    First, L&M doesn't make bagpipes. They're a leather firm, who only made the bag. Happily L&M bags are dated so we see 1998 I think, dating when those pipes were being played. Those bags last forever so the pipes might have been played up until recently with that bag.

    The projecting mounts on the bagpipes appear to be that-substance-which-must-not-be-named which in itself suggests, but doesn't prove, that the pipes aren't Pakistani. They made, and probably still make, plenty of **** mounted bagpipes in Sialkot, it's just that they don't make it over here to the USA very often, for obvious reasons.

    Even if the set is a legitimate quality UK-made instrument (which I think it is) there's nothing to tell us whether it's a fullsize set or a 7/8 size set (which from c1830 to c1940 were called "halfsize" pipes by the Scottish makers, and what we mistakenly call "three-quarter size" pipes today).

    In any case I've asked the seller for better photos, and for him/her to peek under the cords and look for a maker's stamp. Also to see if the pipe chanter is stamped.

    The W Ross stamp is, I'm fairly certain, on the Practice Chanter. As usual the seller doesn't realise that the bagpipe and the PC are separate instruments. That PC itself is worth a few hundred dollars, I would think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WalesLax View Post
    The reply and pictures I got were pretty useless - any luck yourself?

    I would imagine some people either got better responses, know better what they are looking at, or feel this is a safe lottery ticket, as the pipes are now up over $600.
    I got good communication and a few better photos, I'm pretty sure it's a fullsize vintage ivory-mounted quality set.

    I bid $650 but was outbid. Somebody got a nice vintage pipe for $680.

    Anyhow here's another vintage Starck London set, this one missing one of the tenor drones. From the ruler I reckon it's a fullsize set.

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/403310381153

    Quite possibly this will be a super pipe for somebody willing to have a matching tenor made. I know Rick Pettigrew could do it.
    Last edited by OC Richard; Yesterday at 05:30 PM.
    Proud Mountaineer from the Highlands of West Virginia; son of the Revolution and Civil War; first Europeans on the Guyandotte

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