Danalan, it’s not that I need permission; it’s just that one generally learns to play the pipes in stages, because they’re a difficult instrument to learn. I’ve started on the chanter, to learn the fingering and the various grace note patterns (the doublings, throws, grips, mentioned above; there’s also tachoms, truluaths and crunluaths). No point in buying the pipes unless you make it past the first, basic stage. (For more information, see: most difficult musical instrument to learn and/or play?)
Pipeliner, I’d love to, but I dunno; the Beloved may have some qualms about having 11,000 coming over for haggis. Maybe a select few, at a Riders tailgate party? Haggis and football - the trendy new social event.
Astroboy, thanks for the encourgement, but one minor point - I’m a guy!
[other comments on the pipes studiously ignored]