In his editorial in the Piping Times this month Robert Wallace highlighted the fact that more and more do we see pipers taking the top prizes playing modern insturments. This is credit to the modern day makers who are giving the old classic bagpipes a run for their money.
McCallum Bagpipes and a McCallum Mc2 Solo chanter were the choice for this years Oban Gold Medal winner Calum Beaumont. McCallum produce a wide range of instruments to suit every budget but Calum's choice was a full silver set of McCallum's and a good choice it was too!
Alastair Dunn (General Manager at RG Hardie) has won two Gold Medals in recent times playing a set of Peter Henderson Bagpipes and Peter Henderson pipe chanter. Peter Henderson is the elite range of bagpipes produced by RG Hardie and Alastair has developed the Henderson Chanter into a winner. Eight of the pipe corp of current World Champions Field Marshall Montomery play pipes from the RG Hardie stable so these pipes are winning at the highest level in the Pipe Band scene too.
David Naill Bagpipes have been around since the 1970's and have provided the means for pipers to take the top prizes for over 40 years. Recently Naill Bagpipes have brought success to Andrew Hayes (Inverness Gold Medal 2010) and P/M Chris Armstrong (Former Winners MSR Argyllshire Gathering 2012). Both were playing Naill bagpipes and Naill pipe chanter.
Robert Wallace states that we are very well looked after as there are so many good, perfectly made, new sets of offer and we at Bagpipe Specialists agree.