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PostPosted: Mon Nov 02, 2020 8:10 am 
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Tyler DelGregg wrote:
Why on earth would they make a clear bagpipe????


That was Norm Kyle, who back in the 1970s made the first plastic Highland pipe chanters I saw.

That was his thing, pioneering the use of plastic for Highland pipes.

He made a large number of all-plastic Highland pipes, not the Delrin/Polypenco that they use nowadays but a strange not-quite-black (very dark grey) lightweight flexible plastic.

Around 1980 or so I was at a large Highland Games and he had a booth selling his plastic pipes and there in the middle was that clear set. Pipers were all excited about it and were taking turns playing it. That set sounded great, but was disgusting to watch.

I think he made it as something to get people's attention, which it did do.

Like at an Auto Show where I saw a V8 engine all machined out of clear plastic so you could see the pistons moving inside.

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pancelticpiper wrote:
He made a large number of all-plastic Highland pipes, not the Delrin/Polypenco that they use nowadays but a strange not-quite-black (very dark grey) lightweight flexible plastic. ... That set sounded great, but was disgusting to watch.

I imagine the drones were sort of sproingy-wiggly?

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AuLoS303 wrote:
Instagram is owned by Facebook so the images should be seen by either user.

I use neither Instagram nor Facebook, but I saw the image just fine. Instagram does get a little annoying by only allowing you to view so much before you're forced to create an account.

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Nanohedron wrote:
I imagine the drones were sort of sproingy-wiggly?


Exactly!

The modern Delrin/Polypenco pipes bounce a bit on your shoulder when you march.

But those old Kyle flexible plastic pipes would bounce like crazy. I hated it.

People would demo the Kyle pipe chanters by "breaking" them over their knee- they would just bend and spring back.

Until one of our pipers did it and the chanter shattered.

AFAIK those Kyle chanters were the first "modern" pipe chanters: plastic, ultra-thin walls, higher pitch.

I should mention that the clear plastic pipes were rigid, no bending.

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