R.G. Hardie & Co acquired the Peter Henderson brand of bagpipes in 1972 and has continued the traditions associated with this historic brand since 1868. Features of the Peter Henderson bagpipes are blended throughout the R. G. Hardie range.
All Peter Henderson and R. G. Hardie Bagpipes carry a free five-year guarantee which protects against the cost of repair against natural defect and workmanship that would not be considered normal wear and tear.
It is R.G. Hardie & Co’s mission to hand craft the world’s finest bagpipes that produce rich, resonant harmonics with a beautiful blend between the chanter and drones. They pride themselves on the attention to detail in crafting each set, from selecting the African Blackwood to the threaded nickel mounts and the durable imitation ivory. They understand what makes a set of bagpipes look and sound magnificent.
Bagpipes are made from seasoned African Blackwood, a hardwood selected for its durability and instrument tonal qualities. Each drone comprises a series of different diameter bores, finishing off with a bell at the top of the drone to project a magnificent sound to compliment the chanter.
The geometry and concentricity of the bores determines the quality and vibrancy of drone sound. The range of fine quality bagpipes are based on a 1924 vintage set of Peter Henderson bagpipes, with the bass and tenor bottom joints having R. G. Hardie bores. As a result, bagpipes produce a rich, resonant sound accommodating a wide range of reeds that can be fine tuned with ease.
As Managing Director of R.G. Hardie & Co Ltd., Alastair Dunn leads on all aspects of bagpipes and chanter design, production and testing. Guiding him is his success as both a double Gold Medalist solo piper and as Pipe Sergeant of the World Champion Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band of Northern Ireland.
All R. G. Hardie & Co products must meet Alastair’s high standards before they leave their shop. Only products that Alastair would be confident of playing in the Premier solo competitions are offered to their customers.