Care of Pipes
When problems occur with the wooden parts of pipes and practice chanters, it is usually because of excessive heat or cold coupled with the natural build up of moisture during play.  As hard and dense as African Blackwood is, it is still wood and measures must be taken to protect it.  These sets are fine musical instruments and deserve the best care possible.  The following precautions should be taken with your set of pipes.

Ø      New pipes should not be played for more than 10 minutes at a time.  Following each session, the stocks should be wiped with a dry cloth.

Ø        Before the first playing, and at three month intervals thereafter, the inside bore of the pipes (especially the stocks and blowpipe) should be lightly moistened with bore oil.

Ø      NEVER store the pipes in a cold (below freezing) area – the freezing of moisture can cause wood damage!

Ø      NEVER store pipes in a hot car or area next to heating units – temperature extremes cause damage!

Ø      When done playing store pipes and chanter in a protective box or soft pack (example – the Piper’s Pet bag available from us).  This protects the pipes from accidental damage caused by harsh contact with other objects.

Ø      Take care not to ‘overhemp” the connections between the parts of the pipe.  Too tight a fit causes pressure against the wood which could result in splitting or cracking.

Ø      When putting pipes away for an extended time, remove the chanter (and reed) and put the chanter protector (available from us) over the reed.  This allows the reed to dry (protecting it from mildew) and allows escape of moisture from the bag through the open stock, preventing an unhealthy buildup of moisture.

Ø      Never be hesitant about asking us here at Richard Chane Bagpipe Supply questions on how to best care for your pipes in given situations.

Ø      Observing the above precautions should guarantee a lifetime of good performance from your pipes, and much more enjoyment from the piping experience.

Good luck, and Good piping!