BAGPIPES BY KINTAIL OF GLASGOW, SCOTLAND

 

Greig Sharp founded Sharp & Co. in 1971 after a long career at Peter Henderson, where he was the last manager before its merge into R.G. Hardie in that year. Since their inception, Sharp & Co. have manufactured KINTAIL bagpipes, a pipe of superior tone and steadiness, based on the pattern originally made by Peter Henderson in 1888. The firm is now incorporated under the J&R Glen name, and still producing a fine hand-made bagpipe.

In addition, Kintail are the licensed manufacturers of DAVID GLEN and J&R GLEN bagpipes, reproducing the bagpipes famous around the world for their exquisite tone, beautiful Victorian design, and superior balance for band or solo performer. Today's Glen pipes continue a tradition that dates to the late eighteenth century, when Donald MacDonald established his shop in Edinburgh.

In 1971 Sharp & Co. introduced the 'Chalice Pattern' bagpipe, interpreting early bagpipe design from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries while incorporating modern boring and reeding. Perhaps the fullest drone made, the Chalice Pattern KINTAIL bagpipe is a fine band instrument and perfect for pipers in re-enactment societies.

In 1981 nephews Drew and Stephen Sharp entered into the business with their DRUMRAN pipes, at which point KINTAIL became 'Sharp & Co. (Bagpipe Makers) Ltd,' now J&R Glen Ltd. All Kintail bagpipes are made to rigid standards of excellence in regard to quality of African Blackwood, accuracy and fineness of boring, and exterior finish. They are carefully inspected at every stage of manufacture and tested before shipping.

JUST A FEW ENDORSEMENTS:

"...KINTAIL is the best...." - Pipe Major James MacColl

"...the KINTAIL chanter has brought my band to world-class level in Grade II. Its tone is what the band is known for...." - Pipe Major Mark Bennett, Torphichen and Bathgate Pipe Band, Scotland

"...there's only one way to describe it, Iain - WOW! These Glens are the steadiest pipes going...I really love these Glens...Thanks!" - Mark Wygent, maker of the Synthe-Drone and Duatone drone reeds, on his new J&R Glens

"...I've never played anything this sensitive before...this is some set of pipes...." - Stan Kearby, new owner of a KB10 Kintail set

"...nice overtones and a strong chanter. A good little set of pipes...." - P/M Glen Thompson, Cabar Feidh Pipe Band, on the J&R Glens.

"...I've just receive the pipes this morning and I'm very satisfied with it. Everything is in correct condition and working properly.  This is the best set of pipes I ever play. It has been good to do business with you...." - Alexandre Hamel, Québec, on his new KB3 banded.

"...Greig has a great product. Boring, finish, overall appearance are top-notch. And above all the TONE is wonderful...." - John Partanen, playing a KB3 while his 1911 Lawries are refurbished

"Thanks again for the great set of pipes...I don't think I can say enough about them. I get tons of compliments on the sound and looks of the Kintails...." - Matt Schofield, US Navy, on his new KB3

For our different mount patterns, click on: BAGPIPE MOUNTS

THE MOUNTS PAGE SHOWS OUR CURRENT SELECTION OF MOUNT PATTERNS. WE CAN MAKE BAGPIPES IN OVER TWO HUNDRED DIFFERENT MOUNT COMBINATIONS. CALL 510-569-1689 OR EMAIL pipey@netwiz.net FOR DETAILS.

Bagpipe Prices Effective As Of January, 2003:

REMEMBER: All bagpipes sold by Cuillinn Craft come with a BLACKWOOD pipe chanter, flight case, seasoning, WYGENT SYNTHE-DRONE reeds, bore brushes, bore oil, chanter tape, RENAISSANCE WAX, MOUTHPIECE PROTECTORS,waxed hemp, Ringo Bowen's Maintenance Book, VELVET COVER & SILK CORDS.

NO OTHER DEALER OFFERS THIS ACCESSORY PACKAGE AS STANDARD. EVERYONE ELSE ADDS THESE ITEMS ON WHEN YOU ORDER THEM OR OMITS THEM ENTIRELY. WE INCLUDE THESE ESSENTIALS WITH YOUR PIPES BECAUSE WE KNOW YOU'LL NEED THEM. WE'RE FELLOW PIPERS, NOT GOUGERS!

PLEASE CALL OR EMAIL FOR CURRENT PRICES ON BAGPIPES

PRICES SHOWN ARE BASED ON EXCHANGE RATE AS OF 1 JANUARY 2003. AS THIS CHANGES THE PRICES WILL FLUCTUATE SLIGHTLY. We anticipate a price rise in April, 2004.

A SAMPLING OF OUR POPULAR BAGPIPE MODELS:

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Left: The ultimate re-enactor's pipes, almost identical to the famous 'Waterloo' set - CB1 CHALICE TOP KINTAILS IN BRASS; KB2SP FILAGREE AND AMBER KINTAIL; KB10 SILVER & IVORY KINTAILS 'ZOOMORPHIC' with new contrasting bands; NEW KB3 IVORY KINTAILS with contrasting bands on projecting mounts*; JB10 J&R GLENS SILVER AND IVORY 'CELTIC'; KB3 IVORY KINTAILS; CB2 Kintails brass/imitation ivory*; JB2 brass/imitation*; GB3 David Glen full imitation*; GB2 horn and brass*

CALL 510-569-1689 OR EMAIL FOR CURRENT PRICES AND AVAILABILITY

*comes with Ross Zipper or Gannaway pipe bag

TYPICAL TURNAROUND TIME FOR ORDERS IS SIX TO EIGHT WEEKS; FOR SILVER MOUNTS, TWELVE WEEKS. CUSTOM WORK (ENGRAVING, STONE SETTING, SPECIAL DESIGNS) MAY TAKE UP TO THREE MONTHS ADDITIONAL

All Sharp & Co. bagpipes can be had with either a varnished or a hand-polish finish; please specify your finish preference when ordering.

REMEMBER ALL 'IVORY' IS IMITATION IVORY (ACRYLIC RESIN); UNDER THE RESTRICTIONS OF THE 'CITES' TREATY REAL ELEPHANT IVORY CANNOT BE IMPORTED INTO THE U.S. IF HARVESTED AFTER 1989. FOR REAL IVORY PROJECTING MOUNTS FROM FOSSIL OR MASTODON IVORY, OR LEGAL ELEPHANT IVORY - HARVESTED PRE-CITES - EMAIL US FOR CURRENT PRICES

SHARP & CO. BAGPIPES IN STOCK NOW:

J&R GLEN JB3 FULL IMITATION

KINTAIL KB4 BANDED CHASED BRASS/IVORY

J&R GLEN JB2 BRASS AND IVORY

REFURBISHED ANTIQUE BAGPIPES ON OUR Refurbished page

 

remember, all our KINTAIL, J&R GLEN, and DAVID GLEN bagpipes come with BLACKWOOD chanter, CASE, full ACCESSORY AND MAINTENANCE KIT as standard, saving you an average of $275.00!

ALL PIPES are also available as 'sticks,' without bag, chanter, case, or accessories, so you can set them up as you desire. Call 510-569-1689 or email pipey@netwiz.net for details on 'sticks' prices

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