Bagpipe Repairs and Restorations
We at Dunbar
Bagpipes are very proud that Jim McGillivray has chosen us to do the
majority of his vintage bagpipe refurbs and repairs. If you know Jim, then
you will know that he is very particular regarding what pipes he
sells and expects nothing but the best from our shop. If you are looking
for a quality set of vintage bagpipes or would just like to see some
samples of our work, please visit Jim's Vintage Bagpipe page
With over 60 years of bagpipe making experience, we have
come into contact with pretty much most makes of bagpipes. We have tooling
to match most makes and if we do not have something that matches your set,
we have the capabilites to make it.
Here are some examples of the work that we can do on your
-Complete Strip and Refinish
- most bagpipes are in good shape and do not need repair work done to them
but the finish is either chipping or has worn off. We will completely
strip off all of the old finish, inspect the bare wood for any problems
and then refinish the pipes with our hand rubbed wax finish.
- Crack Repairs - cracking is
fairly typical on old pipes. If your pipes are African Blackwood, we can
seal the crack using a glue/dust combination. Once complete, it is
extremely difficult to tell that there was ever a crack. If your pipes are
ebony or cocuswood, the best method of repairing cracks is to invisible
whip them. As glue does not bond well with these materials, invisible
whipping ensures that the cracks will not leak air. Invisible whipping
involves turning down the combs on the bagpipe and then wrapping where the
combs were with a very strong, thin string. Once this is done, we then
fill in above the string with glue & dust. Once this sets, we then
re-comb the section so when done, it is difficult to see that a repair is
done to it.
Pin-To-Joint Repair - a
common repair is a broken tuning pin. Rather than replacing the entire
part, we can do a repair which just replaces the tuning pin itself.
Basically, we cut off the broken pin flush with the top of the projecting
mount. We then bore and tap down inside the projecting mount and then
thread in a new pin. Once the bond has set, we then turn down the outside
of the pin to match the original and polish the bore to ensure that both
the old and new bores match up as perfectly as possible.
Part Replacement - there are
times where a repair is not feasible or advisable. We have a supply of
most types of wood as well as tooling for most makes of bagpipes. We will
attempt a repair first but if it is better to make a new piece, we can
match most original parts.
Upgrades - many people love
they way their pipes sound but are not real happy with the look of them.
We have the capabilities to replace your current ferrules, projecting
mounts, ring caps or tuning slides, etc. with just about anything you
would like. We can deal with silver, mammoth ivory, imitation ivory,
nickel, stainless steel, aluminum, brass and have even re-mounted bagpipes
with moose antler.
This is just a small sample of some of the
repair/refurbishing work that we do. If you are having any problems with
your bagpipes or just want to "fancy" them up, please feel free to contact