Miscellaneous Close-ups Gallery

NO2btcordholders.jpg (83663 bytes)  Perfectly proportioned cord holders on a bass top.

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Close-up of a tenor top cord holder. Note the elegance of the curves and the smoothness & uniformity of the finish. We no longer stamp any part of the drones.

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The white bit under the silver is the under bush. It is essential on a properly made silver mounted pipe. It is fitted before the ring cap and prevents leaks.

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This is how the top of the drones should look. The width of the black rings can vary (on some good pipes they aren't even there), but there should be no space between black & white.

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Detail of the bell, sweep, and ring cap of a #3a bass top.

Our oak & acorn pattern, on a bass top with ivory under bush too.

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A nice shot of zoomorphic silverwork, with silver bush fitted and ivory under bush.

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Bass top ring cap.

acornfrrlthreadsclose.jpg (216925 bytes) (212kb) Clear view of the threads on our engraved, beaded, and capped silver ferrules.

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Tuning pin and top mount thread. Notice how there are no tool marks in this close view.

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Tuning pin hemp tenon. Notice how evenly spaced the grooves are.

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Delrin hemp stop. Notice there are no gaps between wood and delrin.


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The finished hemp stops of a pair of #2b tenor bottoms. These are often omitted on cheaper bagpipes, and are not threaded on ordinary bagpipes.


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The reed seat and bottom of the tenon. Notice how the seat is perfectly concentric.

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Side view of a ferrule on a #3a set.

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Bottom of #2 pipe chanter, showing number.

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Ivory band on pipe chanter bottom.


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This is what a stock groove should look like. There are different styles that are fine, but they must be nicely made.

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Bass top bell. Note the shape and smooth texture.

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The ivory bulb on our fanciest mouthpiece.

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Art. ivory practice chanter sole. Notice how clean it is where black meets white.

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Shot of a long practice bottom with art. ivory sole.

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