I just received my new set of highland bagpipes today. They're a set of David Naills and are truly breath-taking, made of deep rich African Blackwood, imitation aged ivory, and engraved silver. Now begins the unending process of tuning and tinkering, which is either the joy or the bane any piper. It's said that the bagpipes were the result of an unhappy marriage between a plumber and a watch maker.
My old set of pipes, also Naills, that I've had for over twenty years will go back to Scotland for some re-fitting. I hope to give them to my son, Connor for Christmas, as he's just started to pipe on his own.