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Why Top Musicians Pay $15,000 and Wait 2 Years for This Man's World-Famous Bagpipes

September 13, 2017View for printing

Every year Dave Atherton crafts by hand, using only traditional tools, 30 to 40 custom bagpipes of the finest wood, silver, brass, and mammoth ivory. Atherton's instruments cost between $3,000 and $15,000: They are coveted by professional pipers and have won elite competitions in Scotland. Musicians are willing to wait up to two years for a set, which can take as long as 100 hours to build.

Dave Atherton's eponymous Illinois business has become the go-to resource for bagpipers looking for the perfect sound.

By Leigh Buchanan Editor-at-large, Inc. magazine@LeighEBuchanan ... gpipes.html
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