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Old 18-09-11, 02:18 AM   #1
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Default Identifying Maker of Fireside Pipes

I acquired a set of fireside pipes a few years ago but later gave up on lessons, but that's another story.

Is there anyway to identify what they are? They have an L&M bag two drones, I believe cocobolo (I could be mistaken). The drones have dail shutoffs and I thought they were made by Walsh in the key of D?

I did a search but couldn't find any photos similar through google.
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not gibsons huh?
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Firesides are made by Gibson. They have three drones, one bass, one baritone and a tenor. They also have a shut off valve in the drone base, when you twist it, it will shut off the drone.

The Gibson Firesides only have a cannamore bag. I tried to talk Jerry into a hybrid or hide bag, he told me they were engineered for that type of bag and would not have the same sound with another type. The man should know, he designed them.

This is my set, cocobolo in the key of Bb. A friend of mine has them in D, the chanter is much smaller, almost hard to play for my small hands.

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aww cool!
they look great!

isn't Jerry a hoot!

man, can that guy cuss...
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aww cool!
they look great!

isn't Jerry a hoot!

man, can that guy cuss...
Yes but it is still nice to be able to talk to the designer of something to get straight information.
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Firesides are made by Gibson. They have three drones, one bass, one baritone and a tenor. They also have a shut off valve in the drone base, when you twist it, it will shut off the drone.
Yes. "Fireside" is a brand name used by Gibson for his over-the-shoulder smallpipes. As far as I know, the older Firesides did have a dial-type valve to shut off the drones. I have seen photos of such sets. It is also possible, I believe - or was - to get them as a two-drone (bass and tenor) set. Apparently, some Fireside owners find tuning the baritone drone to be a nuisance and simply shut if off. That's a shame, because the baritone drone adds a singular richness to the sound of these pipes.

I purchased my Firesides two or three years ago from The Tone Czar and they came with a Monarch synthetic bag, which I am still using. This is a fabric bag similar to the Canmore. Monarch seems to have been in business only a couple of years. That's too bad; my Monarch bag has excellent moisture control with no additional moisture trap needed.
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