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WHEN GOOD SKIRLS GO BAD; OUR EXPERTS TEST PS12.99 BAGPIPES.

Byline: Jane Barrie

It's Scotland the Brave as you've never heard it beforeplayed on a set of PS12.99 bagpipes from Lidl.

The boys of the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland howled with laughter as they tested the kids' pipes, which are available in stores ahead of Burns Night.

And although the bargain bagpipes sounded more kazoo than Tattoo, the young pipers gave them the thumbs up.

Pipe Major Ross Miller, 19, of Linlithgow, West Lothian, said: "I think they are absolutely lovely.

"It's a good bit of fun and I can see tourists walking up and down the Royal Mile playing them."

The pipes, which are supplied by Kirkcaldy firm Gold Brothers, are available in three tartans, Royal Stewart, McKenzie and Black Watch.

We took a few sets along to the National Piping Centre in Glasgow last week where a number of youth band players had a blow.

Director Alisdair McLaren said the Lidl pipes were good value.

He added: "A basic set of pipes costs around PS700 so at PS12.99 they are definitely worth the money, even though the sound is more like what you would get from a practice chanter.

"They are a bit of fun and if a young person then wants to learn the pipes properly that can only be a positive thing."

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PIPE DOWN Lidl set cost just PS12.99

PICTURE STUART NIMMO

BLOW BY BLOW Ross Miller, centre, and National Youth Pipe Band members try out the Lidl pipes

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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
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Date:Jan 18, 2015
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