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Old 21-12-06, 08:36 AM   #1
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After reading a post of Lady Guinevere 705 in the general section...

I was wondering how much you people ask for a solo-gig... (or how much your band charges for one piper)...

I understand if some people rather don't post that, though it's just to see what the average is so i can finally decide what price i'll be asking people...

I don't want to charge much, 'cause im doing it for fun and see it as extra practise and experience, but people are always telling me i should ask more...
"hat i could really make load of money with it"... but that's not my ultimate goal...

I'll start off:

I let the price depend a bit on which kind of gig it is, how much time i'm spending there, how far away it is, ... but usually i'd ask about 15 - 25 €'s

which is... 10 - 17 £ or 11 - 19 US$


My former band charged 60€ for a piper... which is 40£ or 46US$...
But all that money went to the band...

And they charged 700€ (467£ / 910US$) for a full-band... (10-15 ppl)


I don't know what my new band asks, but it appears to be a bit more...


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Old 21-12-06, 10:03 AM   #2
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well i charge a flat fee of £60 - £80, plus travel.


hogmanay however is £100 + donations bucket


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Old 21-12-06, 10:28 AM   #3
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well i charge a flat fee of £60 - £80, plus travel.


hogmanay however is £100 + donations bucket


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thanks for the compliment m8y
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(...) usually i'd ask about 15 - 25 €'s (...)
I'd add

at least one 0 after those figures.

Wages vary greatly, according to the piper's experience and the when?, where?, for whom? and for how long? descriptors... Still methinx ten quid for a rendition is too little, regardless of who's playing what. The GHB is a very expensive instrument, and it takes the musician a whole lotta blood, sweat and tears to learn it. Charging cheap devaluates your hard work.

I don't take gigs any longer, but I charged dearly when I used to. Of course; supply-and-demand also dictates the end sum you're gonna get; competent pipers being so scarce in Brazil, I could ask for 1,000 USD plus expenses and get it. Am not sure how available are pipers in België, yet am comfy to say that you should aim higher.

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When I got married we had a piper from the Legion play while people were coming to the church, during the ceremony, and he piped us in to the reception hall. He charged $150 CAD. His family was also invited to stay at the reception if they desired. I think total hours he was there was around 2- 2.5.
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In my area, weddings are about $300 CDN to play...one piper...
wjen I got married () I paid two pipers from my band $125 each.
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My part time job is playing the pipes at weddings and this summer played about 40. I do this through an agency. The rates are:

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Off-peak times (weekdays, Sundays, winter): £140 [208 Eur]

Peak times (Weekends, summer): £170 - £190 [253 - 283 Eur], depending how busy we are.

Worlds/Cowal: £210 [312 Eur] , nightmare getting a piper!
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It's not me who makes up these prices, I just work for them!

Hope this helps!
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$200.00 plus any major travel. Weddings or funerals.
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$300 and if its far away, they can pay me $350.
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