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MacDonald, Donald

Donald MacDonald made bagpipes in Edinburgh from 1806 to 1840. They are very rare these days, but the few sets that have survived show the work of a true professional. Fortunately, one of these sets is owned Steve MacLeod of the USA,  who has graciously donated the following pictures.  Steve sent the pipes to Charley Kron about 12 years ago, Charley photographed and studied this bagpipe…..every detail is perfect. One thing to consider with a bagpipe of this age is it was made completely by hand….on a foot treadle powered lathe!!

Cocuswood with Ivory Mounts

Tenor tops - the shellac(probably original) is in near perfect condition!

The maker's mark on the chanter

Close-up of MacDonald's signature cord beads and sweeping bell

Combing and beading....perfect!

Tenor tops - the shapes and dimensions compliment each other

Notice the pressure devices in the tenor stocks....not needed with today's drone reeds.

4 Responses to “MacDonald, Donald”

  1. This is my “dream” set of pipes….partly because of the name, but look at the perfection, made on a foot treadle in the early 1800′s!

  2. Dear Island Bagpipe Crew,

    what are the holes width of the tenors and the chanter.


    • Gord MacDonald

      I do not have this set here to measure, you could try contacting Charley Kron as he owns them.

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