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A beautiful, original David Glen & Sons of Edinburgh 'Practise Chanter' dating to circa. WW1 (1914 -1918). The instrument is made of cocuswood with a nickel plated ferrule and a button style natural sole. The proportions are wonderfully typical of Glen’s bagpipes at this time and it retains all its original features, including the top of the mouthpiece, which is often replaced due to ware of playing over many years. 

‘David Glen & Sons’
David Glen began making bagpipes with his father, Alexander Glen in Edinburgh. His great grandfather was also George Glen (b October 1, 1863) and his great, great grandfather was Alexander Glen (b 1801).  He opened David Glen Bagpipe Maker in 1873. His sons Alexander (Sandy) and David Jr. continued the business as David Glen and Sons until David Jr retired from the business in 1949. David is the most famous and sought after of all the Glen dynasty of bagpipe makers.


In excellent original condition overall with no major issues. The cocuswood has no cracks, splits or noticeable damage. The playing holes are still amazingly crisp with no significant rounding of the edges. The top of the mouthpiece is still original and hasn’t been replaced, as many have been. The original natural sole is solid and retains all its character with only a few small circumference chips. The entire practise chanter has been cleaned, re-hemped and had many fine layers of almond oil to feed the wood.

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A beautiful, original instrument made by one of the finest bagpipe makers.


Material: Cocuswood, nickel plate and ivory
Size: Height 47cm x Diamater 2.6cm
Era: Late Georgian

Stamps: 'David Glen & Sons Edinburgh'

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David Glen & Sons cocuswood practise chanter circa. WW1