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NEWS ‘Our thoughts have a speculative


side. We know of no surviving exemplar of the archaic Highland bagpipe, as we define it. Further, we will identify the improvements made to lathe technology only in general terms, using the differences between the modern and the archaic pipes as our guide. The reader will also note that much of our data comprises photographs of the exterior of pipes, and portraits.Our hope is to stimulate those with greater resources to further investigate these issues. ‘The paper is divided into seven


• Dr Kidd’s and DrWoodaman’s findings will be serialised in the PT beginning next


month.


reported assets of more than £400,000. Chairman Gordon Hamill outlined a promising future for the RSPBA and the money in the bank would be used to finance a possible move to new premises for the Association when the property market improved. Glasgow City Council were helping the Association with this. During 2011 the RSPBA


T 6 RSPBA AGM


HE Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association held its AGM in Glasgow in March and


parts: 1) The Various Stages of the Highland Bagpipe; 2) Further Improvements to the Modern Highland Pipe; 3) The Artistic Representations of the Archaic Highland Pipe; 4) From the Archaic to the Modern Highland Pipe; 5) Woods and Finishes; 6) Using the Descriptive Analysis to Date Pipes; and 7) Concluding Remarks.’


showed a surplus of circa. £80,000 with the five major championships realising the following: European Championships in Belfast – £25,625, British Championships in Annan – £18,778, Scottish Championships at Dumbarton –£15,623, World Championships in Glasgow – £84,985, Cowal Championships in Dunoon –£13,172. Venues


for the major


championships for the years 2013-15 were announced as follows: British – Bathgate,West Lothian Worlds – Glasgow Green Europeans – Forres in north east Scotland Scottish – Dumbarton The Cowal Championship has


been agreed for Dunoon in 2013 but further talks will be held on 2014 and beyond. One concern is redevelopment of the stadium currently used for Cowal. Later the AGM heard a proposal


from the Scottish Power pipe band that competing bands should be able to keep pipes ‘up’ at the line.This was narrowly defeated despite a statement from the band’s delegate that the ‘pipes down, stand easy, band shun’ arrangement was a throwback to the pipe band’s military origins and had little to do with music. Also rejected was a rule change asking for band representatives to be at the contest field one hour before any given start time. Some bands felt that it would require their representative to travel separately from his/her band if the band had a late draw. Either that or the band in question would have an extremely long day on the competition field. Chairman Hamill


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