Who is making ten sets a year? $12,500 is a figure I made up, but close to the price from the top makers. Four sets a year is their output. Where does 10 sets a year come from?
Out of the workshop of David Quinn. If you take a look at the interview with Mr Quinn on the NPU website , I think its around the twenty minute mark, he says that he has just sent out that year set number nine,which means he is now working on set number ten. Now I dont think Mr Quinn would be telling an untruth, so you either take his word for it or ignore it and make up your own figures.
Ten sets a year? Not bloody likely. Even if you could make them, you couldn't sell them, especially these days. In the '80's, there were only a handful of makers in the world. Nowadays there may be a hundred, and the vast majority of them are little more than hobbyists. The reality is that there simply isn't a market for that many expensive sets.
I dont think its fair to apply your own experiences as a pipemaker to other pipemakers.
In a another thread Geoff Wooff says he has 100 pipers waiting for sets and other makers have either closed their books or have long waiting times.
I like your prediction of future pipemaking, it reminds me of that famous prediction by some prefessor who said that in the future ,personnal computers will be so expensive that only the two richest kings will own one.
giles b wrote:
I have a Wooff B set, was the one made after Pat Darcy's. I play it regularly. Pat Lyons has a Bflat set that gets regular playing. I know a fellow in Western Victoria who has an old Bflat set that he plays regularly. There are a couple of sets in New South Wales that get played regularly. That's 5 I know of without too much thinking. There are loads of pipers who don't appear on this forum.
I would think Geoff would happy to hear that theres alot more than two dozen of his sets being played.