Wherein Pipehacker purchases and test drives assorted bagpipe junk from ebay—so you don’t have to. If you spend any time sorting through the bagpipe offerings on Ebay you’ve seen them. The strange and wonderful variety of “off-brand” drone reeds from just about every continent on Earth. Serious pipers will simply give these goofy entries a [...]
The historic free live stream of the Glenfiddich Championship was a rousing success, I’d say. Congratulations to Iain Spiers on his first win. If you were one of the (at peak) more than 800 viewers, you dragged yourself out of bed in the wee hours (like me), lost sleep watching it into the night (if [...]
Jiro dreams of sushi, but Pipehacker dreams of bagpipes. I may be making a joke, but in all seriousness, the documentary film Jiro Dreams of Sushi is a great example of the singleminded focus that is required to become the best at just about anything. Even if you couldn’t give a fig about sushi the [...]
Sometimes all you need is a good bagpipe and a good tune. Breton pipers Xavier Boderiou, Sylvain Hamon, Hervé Le Floc’h, and Alex Meunier realize this as well and have produced an album of bagpipe music that is truly, all about the bagpipes and the tunes. A Unan (translation from the Breton: “Of One”) takes [...]
You’re out on the pitch in full kit and it is coming down in buckets. Most Highland games soldier on rain or shine and we pipers are left to deal, grumbling about the wet, our reeds, trying our best to remember where to be and when. Worse, it’s been nice and partly sunny all day [...]
This is a guest post by Nathan Wahlgren, the Keydet Piper. I had a chance this weekend to try the Bagpipe Harness, kindly sent to me by the designer Colin Roddick. One line summary: the product is pretty good, but I don’t recommend a piper relying on it for every piping situation. A detailed review [...]
Can you believe the holiday season is upon us once more? Here at Pipehacker we love making it yourself, but sometimes there is no substitute for a well crafted, high quality item. This year, send your loved ones over here to Pipehacker.com as a (not so subtle) hint for gifts. Check back each Thursday over the coming weeks for lists of Pipehacker-approved piping gear!