Who does good repair work?
The following table is an attempt to provide some information on those who know how to repair/restore a bagpipe. They are listed in ascending alphabetical last name order. The comments are my OPINION.
Please let me know about others.
Words from the wizened...(Been there and done that!)
|People||Contact Info||Company Name||Comments|
||Near Chicago||D. M. Atherton Bagpipes Ltd.||Experience with many different kinds of pipes especially upper end. Proven experience with world-class players. Broad range of woods and mounts. Very knowledgeable. Not fast. Association with Robertson.|
|Ron Bowen||The Bagpipe Place||"The Guru of Maintenance". Author of book on subject. Lots of experience with pipes and bands. Close ties with Dunbar. Does refinishing and reconditioning. Restores "classic" sets.|
|Mark Cushing||Ithaca, NY||Cushing Bagpipe Company|
|Thomas Doucet||Ontario||Thomas Pipe Works||I've seen a set of Graingers that were rebored as Hendersons. Amazing. Nice mounting work as well. Works closely with Jim McGillivray. Also involved with David Marshall (silversmith) making JWM bagpipes.|
|Lynne Miller||California||House of Bagpipes|
|Rick Pettigrew||Ontario||J Dunbar Bagpipe Maker Ltd||Capable of recreating in blackwood and polypenco. Association with Peter Henderson through Jack Dunbar, who started this business. Rick is carrying on the tradition.|
|John Recknagel||Georgia||Classic Bagpipes Atlanta||Does appraising as well.|
|Greig, Drew or Stephen Sharp||Scotland||Kintail Bagpipe Company||Owns several bagpipe companies.|
|Cameron Wylie Bagpipe Clinic||Cameron is a skilled engineer by trade and has been manufacturing
custom Bagpipes for many years (30 plus) His specialty is African
Blackwood Chanters and Delrin Chanters.
He has a complete repair service with specialization in Bore Super-Finishing. The process produces a mirror finish in the bores for an unmatched drone tone.
I've had a great experience with Cameron in which he refurbished an older set of Hendersons using Vulcanite and brass sleeves to take care of years of wear and tear. He also created beautiful Corian mounts for the set. The final superfinished bores were outstanding.