It has been an exciting month at Fraser Highland Shoppe. We are now able to carry Remo products. Remo makes more than just Drum Heads. They also make Roto Toms, hand drums, drum circle equipment, etc. We will have a partial listing on our shopping site ASAP.
While non Pipe Band percussion isn’t our primary focus, we are more than happy to special order in instruments and accessories that we have access to but a traditional Scottish Shop wouldn’t normally carry.
Through tests and surveys, it has been determined that playing the bagpipes or snare drum can lead to hearing loss.
From personal experience, over 4 years of playing about an hour at a time, a few days a week, I lost some hearing in the frequency ranges of the drones in my left ear! And this was when I was in my early 20s. I now wear ear plugs every time I play my pipes.
The bagpipes have been tested to reach 111 decibles. This is how loud a pneumatic drill is! Indoors, pipes can reach 116. This is as loud as a chainsaw!
Snare drums can hit 122 decibels. This is louder than a jet at take off.
In 2006, the British Ministry of Defence ordered that Army bagpipers are limited to playing less than 15 minutes indoors, or 24 minutes outdoors without hearing protection.
Remember that 15 minutes of exposure to loud noises leads to damage of the parts of the ear that are actively involved in hearing. Always wear hearing protection!
After the Battle of Culloden on April 16, 1746, the English Parliament banned, among other things, the wearing of tartan and playing the pipes. You could be shot on sight, arrested, or exiled to the colonies. This ban lasted for 36 years.
Show your pride by wearing your tartan. If you don’t currently have a piece of tartan, we may be able to help.