October 31, 2005

(Updated) McLachlan Bagpipes launches

A new pipe-maker, McLachlan Bagpipes, has been launched in Whitburn, Scotland, purchasing all of the machinery, including all the lathes used for bagpipe-making, from Pettigrew Bagpipes.

The organization acquired all of the pipe-making equipment from Pettigrew in early October and is being run by John and Kim Marr. “Jock” Marr has a long history as a piper with leading Scottish Grade 1 bands, including Boghall & Bathgate and Polkemmet.

Steven Young was the previous owner of Pettigrew Bagpipes, and he has also sold the Pettigrew brand name to Neil Selbie, who will operate the organization out of Aberdeen, Scotland.

According to a statement from McLachlan Bagpipes, “We plan to expand our product range and develop new techniques and processes through continuous improvement and listening to customer feedback. Customer relations and quality of service are our main objectives at the moment, providing lead and delivery times at point of order.”

News of the new McLachlin Bagpipes comes during a small shake-out in the pipe-making and dealership industry, with the demise of The Band Room and R.G. Hardie & Co. due to financial collapse.


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