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Old 02-03-06, 02:14 PM   #1
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Can anyone comment on the sound of these pipes? They look pretty nice, but I've yet to see any comments by anyone on how they actually sound.

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Heya Phyx,

Sounds like you're starting to get in the hunt now. Happy times ahead!
Any reason for Cushing? I've never heard them, so obviously can't provide any insight. Have you heard any sets in your band that you are particularly fond of? Obviously you may not like what someone else does, vice versa. (Big booming bass or a more mellow drone)

Also, for what it's worth, finding a retailer fairly close at hand will make life easier should you need the support down the road. At one point I was considering a brand whose only North American distributor was in Texas. Would have been nothing but a pain in the butt for follow up service, even though they are highly regarded by those that deal with them...just not convenient for me.

There are more flavours out there than at Baskin Robins, that's for sure. It's an exciting time ahead, good luck, take your time and have fun with it!
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Phyx, I don't envy you mate as there's lots to choose from.

I'm just glad I have mine now and quite happy with them!
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I'm mostly interested in a chalice topped set--love the look. Someone pointed me towards the Cushings.

As far as what I'm looking for in pipes--chalice tops, ABW, plain turned, powerful drones and the ability to replace/repair parts (should the need arise) in the years to come.

So far, my leaning is toward Gibson (love their drones). After I was pointed towards the Cushings, I found out that they, too, are based off an old MacDougall drone. So, now I'm kinda curious as to how these sound in comparison to the Gibsons.

The Cushings look pretty nice as far as the chalice top model goes, but I have no idea how they sound, nor know of anyone who actually plays them. Was hoping someone here has heard them.
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Old 07-03-06, 10:23 PM   #5
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Can't help you out here my friend, but I can say if you're gonna go for Gibson drones ya won't go far wrong. Excellent sounding instrument.

Good luck m8, 'n keep us informed as to how yer search is goin'. BTW, what make are you currently blowing?
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Hey!
I never heard of cushings, but i recently bought a new set of McCallums AB4 Deleuxe Bagpipes. I am really happy with them! I like the McCallum Pipe Chanter also! (i have the Blackwood Chanter) Nice mellow sound, and i love the drone sound.
I bought them from The Piper's Hut.
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You didnt get any info on the 'other' site either!!! Just gets to the 'My pipes are the Best' type posting!!!

I agree that if you are after the MacDougall sound then Gibsons are the way to go..I nearly bought them....but went for a UK maker in the end. The Gibson drones are based on a set owned by J.McLellan...or C McLellan....cant remember which. They are very close to what my set sound like, but with all the different possibililties re reeds etc, its hard to tell what sound youd get with any pipe reputing to be based on famous old makes.

I cant say Ive ever heard of Cushing....but then again not many people have heard of Ian Murray and he made my superb set....there I told you....my set is the best!!
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Thought Id revive this thread.. Maybe in the last 6 years they have been given more exposure?

Im especially interested in that his site mentions his multiple original source bore design.. How his tenors are based on MacDougall/Robertson and his bass from Henderson.. It seems that most pipe makers focus on a unified design..

And especially with the love of MacLellans in Cocobolo.. I am kinda thinkin Cocobolo Cushings...

I have heard there are a few SoCal pipers (LA Scots) who play them.. I would love to reach out to them as well..

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I had a poly set of Cushings for a bit. They were an earlier set, but I had them updated to his latest bores and "Kidd processed". Big sound, very steady. Big bass. Ended up selling them to help pay for an old set of Sinclairs, but they were very nice, especially for a poly set. I've toyed with the idea of having a set of ABW Cushings made, but I have two sets of pipes now and ma wife would kill me.

I'm pretty sure I heard the same about there being a few Cushings in the LA Scots, too.

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So after having scoured the internet for Cushing testimonials.. I came across a consistant "unique and big bold tone.." I also came across a Grd 1 Piper by the name of Davey Armstrong who sold his 1928 Hendersons to purchase a set of Cushings because he loved the sound so very much.. So take all that for what its worth.. but I know my next set of pipes will be Cushings.. I should be taking delivery in Decemberish.. I'll be sure to post a pic.. Cheers!

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