Henderson prize Pimp My Bagpipe! pipes ready for shipping to winner
Henderson prize “Pimp My Bagpipe!” pipes ready for shipping to winner
Twelve-year-old Haley Brinton of Dunedin, Florida, will receive her prize Henderson bagpipe in a few weeks as the winner of the first-ever pipes|drums “Pimp My Bagpipe!” contest sponsored by R.G Hardie & Co. Bagpipe Makers of Glasgow. Haley’s entry to the contest was selected from the dozens of other submissions as the instrument and piper most deserving of a complete bagpipe make-over.
“The pipes are sounding great,” said Alastair Dunn, managing director of R.G. Hardie & Co. “We have reeds specifically set-up for them, and we have been getting great reviews from people who have heard them.”
The cracked and mismatched set of pipes that Brinton had been playing as a Grade 3 Amateur piper gained her the nod in the pipes|drums contest. She entered thinking that she may only have her existing instrument refurbished, but Dunn decided to go the whole-hog and replace her set with a brand new Henderson PH1 bagpipes with engraved nickel mounts. The pipes sell for a suggested retail price of $2,250 (£1000).
“There will be at least four of these models being played in the Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band this year,” added Dunn, Pipe-Sergeant with the current World Champions.
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