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SCOTS BLOWING STEAM OVER COPIED BAGPIPES

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Scottish bagpipe makers are making rude noises about cheap Pakistani copies, warning pipers Wednesday that the imports sound nothing like the real thing.

"It's just noise, it's not a musical sound in my opinion," lamented Iain McLeod, managing director of Edinburgh bagpipe makers Gil-lan-ders and McLeod. He said other Scottish manufacturers shared his opinion.McLeod told Reuters the Pakistani versions, being sold as if they were genuine Highland pipes, might look like the real instrument but were not made of authentic African blackwood.

A genuine set of pipes costs between $610 and $6,800, he said, while the imitations sell for about $300. "They're good for hanging on the wall but nothing else," he added.