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Thread #86184 Message #1603083
Posted By: Peter K (Fionn)
12-Nov-05 - 12:03 PM
Thread Name: Tech: Good repairers of uilleann pipes
Subject: RE: GOOD repairers of uilleann pipes
For your bag and bellows, go to Jackie Boyce in Comber, Co Down. He's a wonderful craftsman and the most decent guy you could shake a stick at. When I had some kit stolen from a car in Dublin, Jackie heard about it and immediately offered to replace my bag and bellows entirely free of charge if I had the slightest difficulty with the insurance claim!
He makes bags and bellows for some of the top pipers in the UK and Ireland (Northumbrian etc as well as uilleann) and also supplies Geoff Woof, who almost any top flight piper would tell you is as good a pipes maker as you'd ever find (no direspect to InOBU and Seth Gallagher, but Woof is in a different league).
Woof would have too much on to sort your chanter (he makes only flat sets I believe, and has a waiting list of about 15-18 years!) but if you call in to see him, he'd have a chat and give you a good opinion. (He lives at the pipers' Mecca, Milltown Malbay.)
Jackie Boyce sometimes keeps an eye on the Mudcat threads under another name. But if you want to get in touch with him quickly, let me know, and I'll PM you the details.