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Q. When was pipes|drums started?
A. pipes|drums magazine was launched in 1989 as a print magazine under a different name, and was put together for the Pipers & Pipe Band Society of Ontario. pipes|drums online magazine was started in 1996, making it the world’s first piping and drumming news website. It has gone through six redesigns, each adding more content and features for readers. The final print version of pipes|drums was dated March 2006, and the publication is now consolidated into the online magazine.

Q. How many visits does the magazine receive?
A. pipes|drums generally achieves between 4,000 and 6,000 unique visits every weekday, and that number rises to more than 12,000 a day at times of heavy, breaking news. It is by far the most popular piping and drumming publication in the world.

Q. Who writes the articles?
A. pipes|drums features writing by many of the world’s top pipers and drummers and authorities. Most news articles and results and many features are written by the editor of the magazine, with input from sources around the world. Articles are compiled and written with complete objectivity. Reviews are assigned to those experts without any substantial connection to the artist, compiler or manufacturer.

Q. How timely is pipes|drums?
A. We are renowned for being first with the news and results Thousands of readers look to pipes|drums for breaking stories and results often as they are announced. Our network of sources around the world ensures that we will have rapid and accurate information.

Q. How do I know the information is reliable?
A. pipes|drums is put together by a top piper with more than 30 years of experience playing at the art’s highest level. He is not affiliated with any piping or drumming business. All contributors are world-recognized authorities on piping and drumming. Editorial content is balanced, objective, and always vetted by those with expert knowledge.

Q. Can I contribute to pipes|drums?
A. We welcome feedback and contributions from our readers! We love to hear new ideas, and receive offers of original, thought-provoking material. pipes|drums is committed to ensuring that all contributions are written with no other agenda than to inform readers and stimulate constructive dialog.

Q. Where does my subscription money go?
A. All proceeds from pipes|drums are either plowed back into the publication or committed to worthwhile piping and drumming projects and causes. While we do not yet have registered charitable status, you may be assured that your subscription is going to a good cause. We have no other interest than to provide a service to the world’s pipers and drummers, and to contribute to the world piping and drumming scene as a whole.

Q. Who owns pipes|drums?
A. pipes|drums is owned by and is a registered trademark of GHB Communications. The name, logo or content from the site cannot be used without the written consent of GHB Communications.

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TIP OF THE DAY
Pipers: Blow your drones without the pipe chanter for a few minutes when you first take your pipes out of the box. Initially, the blades on your pipe chanter reed and the tongues on your drone reeds will be dry (not pliable), which will make the chanter reed stiff and often too much for the drone reeds – causing them to shut off. The warm air that is blown through the drone reeds will make the tongues more pliable and receptive to handling the strength of the pipe chanter. This applies to synthetic and cane drone reeds.
John Cairns, double Gold Medallist

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