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Reid, Robert

Perhaps one of the most under-appreciated pipemakers of the early 20th century was Robert Reid.  A student of John MacDougall Gillies from 1907 up until Gillies death in 1925, Reid was a consistent solo prizewinner at most of the major contests and set a record winning the piobaireachd at Cowal from 1923 to 1928, and 1930 to 1938. He began pipemaking in 1932 and continued until 1957.

Pictures of the nickel/ivory set below courtesy of Kip Nead, California

Tenor tops, note the gap in beading just below the cord beads.

"Robert Reid, Glasgow" stamped on the chanter

One Response to “Reid, Robert”

  1. I was a student in Dundee 1964-68 and bought a set of pipes from an old pipemajor who had been gassed in the first world war. I studied wth him for a year.
    The chanter har Robert Reid, Glasgow stamped on it.
    The practice chanter that came with th pipes har R.G. Lawrie stamped on it with ivory at the bottom.
    The pipes have not been played for many years, but I have started to make the bag soft and airtight with bagpipeseasoning hoping to make them sound again.
    I am Norwegian and live in Oslo.

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