The Royal Scots Cap Badge

3/4 set of bagpipes

by Brian

Hi Bill,

Thank you for you valuable instruction videos, I find them very usefull. I have been receiving lessons on the chanter, but now I want to buy a set of bagpipes. I do suffer a little sometimes from ashma, and wonder if a 3/4 set would be more suitable for me.

I donĀ“t want them to appear like a childs set, what do you think?



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Oct 20, 2011
Replies to my question
by: Brian

Thanks for your comments, much appreciated.

Oct 09, 2011
Asthma - COPD and Bagpipes
by: Henrik Idoff Hornhaver

Hello Brian
No reason to buy a 3/4 set! It is only a matter of correct size of bag and choice of chanter reeds!
I trust you get correct medication for your Asthma
Don't have to mention, that your pipes must be in proper condition - to be airtight etc.

I suffer from a mild COPD (Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and have some 55-60% of my lungcapacity and I am doing well with an Extended small Bannatyne and (reasonable) easy reeds.
I very good friend of mine has a severe Asthma and he can play for hours.
Actually it helps me a lot to play the pipes!

Feel free to contact me through Bill if you like.

Oct 08, 2011
3/4 set of bagpipes
by: Bill Robertson

Hello Brian,
Firstly make sure you are capapble of playing at least six or so tunes well and that you are really keen to continue before considering to by a set of pipes. I sugest that you consider the normal basic set of pipes from a reputable manufacturer and ask for suitable easier chanter reeds for you condition. It is better to have two or three chanter reeds supplied with the pipes along with a good set of drone reeds.

Please see and study my tuning pipes and commencing to play in my site under Bagpipe Articles left of main page.

All the best,

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