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Is a synthetic or natural hide pipebag better?

The advantage of the synthetic bag is that it does not need any seasoning so it is classed as ‘maintenance free’. The hide or sheepskin bag requires to be seasoned every so often, and is more traditional. But there is little to tell between them in terms of sound.

What is the difference between Blackwood or PolyPenco pipes?

The advantage of blackwood is just that it can produce a slightly sweeter tone, but this is really a matter of personal preference. The polypenco gets a little more robust sound.

Which are the best of the different bagpipe makers you supply?

All the pipes we supply are competition quality bagpipes hand-made by traditional Scottish specialists we know and trust. We will never sell the cheap imported copies that neither look nor sound like the real thing (so if you’re shopping around, be careful!). Each maker has their own characteristic techniques and style, which result in small (More...)

How should a real beginner start learning the pipes?

If you’re a complete learner then we do have a clear recommendation, which is one of our hugely popular chanter learning kits. This enables you to learn the fingerings with a good and simple learning system, before deciding whether to make the next step up to a full set of pipes, at very low cost. (More...)