D. MACPHERSON BAGPIPE OF THE MONTH

D. MacPherson Bagpipes prides itself on creating unique, one of a kind, hand crafted bagpipes. Each month we will feature one of our custom designs.


Nickolas Horton

Location:

Melbourne Australia, I am English aged 57 with Scottish blood (my grandmother came from Edinborough) but I have lived in Australia for 35 years. I work as a claims manager for a general insurer. I have a legal background. I am married with 2 teenage children, the oldest of which is studying Science/Law at the University of Melbourne.

Our family stayed with Doug and Jan in September 2005 in Scotland where I started making my own practice chanter and Doug being the craftsman he is completed the project.

Years Piping:

Piping for 5 years. I have lessons every week from Ian Stewart (has been the P/M for many Melbourne bands) here in Melbourne and should be a lot better than I am, but a busy life and not a lot of practice does not help.

Interests:

Learning the bagpipes, photography, music and golf, for a while I was restoring valve amps, as bit of a hobby, but now prefer to listen to my Quad set up.

BANDS:

Currently not playing with any band, 5 years ago tried out the City of Melbourne and later the Williamstown RSL under P/M Ian Stewart, but not good enough in my view to do a band any justice at this time.

Beautiful hand-crafted, combed and beaded African Blackwood, with Engraved Sterling Silver slides and imitation ivory mounts, caps and bushes. The Pipes were made in 2004 and Sterling Silver slides were added two years later.

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"I decided I need a challenge so took up learning the bagpipes some 5 years ago. I bought a set when in Scotland some 20 years ago, but they sat in the shed for all those years unplayed. I have always loved the pipes since I was very young. The world champion Victorian Police pipe band used to play every Thursday in the CBD e.g. Collins st, but due to monetary cost, was stopped several years ago. That was just fantastic. I have owned quite a few sets of pipes, but none compare with the quality of Dougís pipes. I have also tried many reeds in them and find Kinnaird to be the best with Selbie second. I must try a set of Rocketís. I use a McCallum Mk 11 poly chanter."

Nickolas. A Horton

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Shawn McDaniel
Ryan Willey

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