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    Lovely pre-WWII Lawries going very cheaply.

    I'm a big Lawrie person, I've owned around a dozen Lawries from 1905 to the 1970s and all have been great pipes.

    Lawrie was known to mix two different forms of plastic, Catalin which turns butterscotch and some other plastic that doesn't. This particular set is all mounted in the light-coloured plastic except for the bushes which are Catalin.

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Pre-WWII-RG....c100010.m2109

    Also super cheap are these Catalin-mounted Gillanders & McLeod set. I have a band-mate who plays a set just like this, they sound super.

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Gillander-A...4AAOSwocRgfhLo

    Here's a Piob Mhor (Blairgowrie) set with issues. Not only does it have that marbilised imitation ivory with loads of cracks, also the wood seems to have a number of cracks. (Not that cracks in the wood bother me that much, I used to play a c1860 set of Glens that had 17 cracks in the Bass Drone stock, all sealed with glue, no leaks.)

    This set is stamped 488 which is Piob Mhor's code meaning April 1988.

    I recently went down the Piob Mhor rabbit-hole, doing some reading, and exchanging emails with their main maker Michael Phee who made pipes for Piob Mhor from 1986 to 2008. He now has his own pipemaking firm in Australia.

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Scottish-Gr...QAAOSwxbJgeLMq
    Last edited by OC Richard; 21st April 21 at 06:58 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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    Yes, that is a lovely set of Gillanders & McLeod. On behalf of a bandmate, I purchased an identical set a few years ago from a seller in Germany. I personally have two sets of G & M pipes, both made in the mid to late 1970s. One is half catalin and nickel with full beaded combing and was purchased used about 7 years ago, the other, which I bought used in 1977 or 78 has ABW projecting mounts, stainless steel ferrules and catalin ring caps and bushes with the same flat combing as the ebay set. I'm a big fan of G & M pipes. I played the flat combed set in a top grade 1 band for a number of years.

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    These mystery pipes had a really big bid on them that disappeared.... then another big bid or two that also disappeared, so I guess in some ways, the mystery continues to grow.

    Others that I know have reached out to the seller with questions, and from what I gather, the seller is unwilling (possibly unable, but at best unable in a very gruff way) to answer them. They are dirty, they were found in a barn or an attic, no idea if they were played, no idea how old they are... I think someone is going to have a fun time buying, cleaning, and revealing them, and we will all either get to bask in their glory or get a good laugh at their expense!

    Rob

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    Quote Originally Posted by WalesLax View Post
    These mystery pipes had a really big bid on them that disappeared.... then another big bid or two that also disappeared, so I guess in some ways, the mystery continues to grow.
    I think they're Pakistani. What's so very strange is the evidence of being spray-painted black, you can see the dusting of over-spray on most of the imitation ivory parts.

    There's a closeup of a chip in the wood and it looks like Sheesham wood underneath.

    In any case here's a very old set of what we call "Scottish smallpipes" today. That term wasn't used by the Scottish pipemakers until quite recently. Throughout the 19th century and up through most of the 20th the Scottish pipemakers called them "miniature Highland bagpipes, or chamber pipes".

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/22443677556....c100667.m2042

    The set appears to be by Glen Edinburgh. The drones have the classic eggcup Glen style mounts, and the typical German Silver open rings on the drone ends (the bass ring is missing).

    However the stocks are by RG Lawrie Glasgow.

    About the chanter who can say, there's only one photo. I can make out either HO or HU, which narrows it down quite a bit!

    HO:
    THOMAS GLEN EDINBURGH
    THOW DUNDEE
    THOMAS BEATTIE EDINBURGH
    PIOB MHOR (the chanter looks too old for them)

    HU:
    HUTCHEON EDINBURGH
    HUGH MACPHERSON EDINBURGH

    both HO and HU:
    CHISHOLM & HUNTER GLASGOW
    Last edited by OC Richard; 4th May 21 at 06:28 AM.
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    This lovely set of Lawries will apparently go quite cheaply.

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/32458056129...temCondition=4

    I'm a big Lawrie person. I know the later ones have a spotty reputation, but my personal experience with them, from c1905 through the 1920s and 1940s up to the 1970s has always been great.

    This set shows the typical Lawrie thing of mismatched imitation ivory, the set is mostly the stuff (which I don't know the name of) that stays an ivory colour forever, it seems, but has Catalin bushes.

    Then there's these Lawries which just came up, full Catalin. We can't see the bushes, they might be matching Catalin, that non-yellowing stuff, or real ivory.

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/37355593525...temCondition=4
    Last edited by OC Richard; 26th April 21 at 03:23 AM.
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    There's a piper in Scotland who has put up some nice old pipes for reasonable prices.

    I'm especially attracted to this set, because I have a set that looks remarkably similar, which is a great-playing old set.

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/31351196031...4AAOSwVulgiwWy

    EDIT: after talking to the owner of the above set, and examining my set more closely, it appears that both sets have traditional German Silver (cupro-nickel) rolled seamed ferrules. My set has one replacement Stainless Steel tubing ferrule.

    Both he and I are convinced our pipes are by the same maker, we just don't know who!

    The same seller as above has a silver-mounted Naill set up at an amazingly low price.

    In any case, here's a Dunbar polypenco/delrin for well under $500 but the seller has had only one prior transaction on Ebay.

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/36338256412...gAAOSwXXJgehDt
    Last edited by OC Richard; 4th May 21 at 06:29 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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