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Deger pipes V Highland pipes

by Roger Dainton
(Miramichi, NB, Canada)

I have been an off and on piper for many years and now intend to focus more (work pressures v pipes - now I am retired).

Due to breath limitations I am currently using Deger (German manufacture)electronic pipes with an amp. What is your professional opinion of these pipes? Could I possibly use regular pipes with a soft reed or can I continue using the Deger? I play flute and whistle and have enough breath for these but the GHP required a lot of air and I do not want the have to buy and then find I am unable to play.
Either way I see myself purchasing your course - what I have seen is very inspiring.

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Apr 15, 2017
Deger pipes V Highland pipes
by: Bill Robertson

Hello Roger,

From what you say, I feel that you should stay with the Deger that appears to suit you well. To really enjoy the full Highland Bagpipe one needs to have with a good instrument very good reeds, then have to know how to set the reeds well to maintain a steady good combined well balanced sound. Even many "experienced pipers" are not all that good at that.

If you must - I suggest that you find a very good piper who lives near you to have a test of playing his/her pipes when well tuned and reasonable strength of blowing to find out if you can cope with a full set of pipes when stamina built up.
Best wishes,

Bill R -

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