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Where can I find a good starter bagpipe?

Asked by jellyfish3232 (1852points) March 6th, 2011

I’m not sure if it would technically be called a “starter bagpipe”, but I want to know where I would start if I were to take up the bagpipes. They are a beautiful instrument and I realize that they are difficult to learn, but it is a challenge that I am willing to take. Do any of you have any tips for me, and do you know where I could buy a cheap quality set?

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12Oaks's avatar

May I recommend you get a bagpipe chanter first, that way you could learn the fingering of the instrument before you go for the full bagging and the stuff. Couldget one for as low as ten bucks at eBay.

crisw's avatar

I was also going to recommend a chanter. I have seen them at British specialty stores, if you have one in your area.

Kardamom's avatar

If you have a Scottish, British or Irish community in your town (or they have an annual Scottish festival) you should talk to somebody there. They have a Scottish festival where I live and they had some pipes for sale and they were not cheap.

You might try talking to the music department at the local high school. They might have pipers in their marching band, and even if they don’t, they may have sources for discounted instruments. Also check with the music departments at your local colleges. I don’t know where you are located, but some schools have pipe bands (that you see in the Rose parade).

Here’s an article by a fellow named Andrew Lenz that tells you how to appraise and purchase bagpipes from ebay.

Check locally to see if they have any Scottish, British or Irish specialty stores. Even if they don’t sell bagpipes, someone there can probably direct you where to get some.

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