December 31, 2006

Pimp My Pipes!

pipes|drums, in partnership with R.G. Hardie & Co. Bagpipe Makers, invites readers to take part in our first-ever Pimp My Pipes! contest to find the set of Highland pipes most in need and deserving of a complete makeover.

We’re looking for the instrument that’s seen better days, whose best years would appear to be behind it, but which underneath the scuffs, grime and neglect is an ugly-duckling bagpipe with the pedigree to become a beautiful swan, or grouse, or capercaillie . . . or whatever once again.

We invite readers to nominate their too-long-in-this-condition pipes to be (tastefully) “pimped-out” by R.G. Hardie!

Just send us an e-mail why you think that your bagpipe deserves to be made-over:

  • No more than 200 words
  • A digital photo of the instrument (file size no larger than 100k, please)
  • Entries will be judged on the condition of the instrument and how deserving the current or future owner of the instrument is
  • “Pimp My Bagpipe!” must be in the subject line
  • Send to editor@pipesdrums.com
  • Deadline for entry is January 1, 2007

The contest will be judged by the editor of pipes|drums and representatives of R.G. Hardie. The winner will be announced on Monday, January 8, 2007.

The winning entry will have their pipes:

  • Re-combed and re-beaded
  • Wood sanded and buffed
  • Any metal parts will be restored to their original condition
  • Brand-new silk cords
  • A “Piper” bag-cover

R.G. Hardie advises that the extent of the makeover will depend on the individual set and, if possible, new engraved nickel mounts also will be custom-fitted.

pipes|drums will cover the cost of shipping and insurance. Entrants agree to allow R.G. Hardie & Co. to refurbish the instrument as it sees fit and neither pipes|drums nor R.G. Hardie are ultimately responsible in the unlikely event that any damage is encountered in the refurbishing process.

So, come on! Send in your nomination to Pimp My Pipes!

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  1. If only I’d known about this before I spent almost £300 having my (1964 hardies) pipes pimped. Great idea, are we going to see it on the telly and how are they going to fit the big f**k off speakers in the boot?



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