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    Scottish Cup Final Bagpipes

    Does anyone know when or why they stopped the mass pipes before cup finals? Looking back at finals in the 80's on YouTube it was fantastic and really added to the occasion. Quite sad it doesn't happen anymore.


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    Does anyone know when or why they stopped the mass pipes before cup finals? Looking back at finals in the 80's on YouTube it was fantastic and really added to the occasion. Quite sad it doesn't happen anymore.
    Seriously?

    Bagpipes make my ears bleed. I cannot stand the Damn things. Truly awful "sound"

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    I remember they used to play around the pitch at Scotland games mid 90s finishing with Scotland the brave. That was great too.

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    Seriously?

    Bagpipes make my ears bleed. I cannot stand the Damn things. Truly awful "sound"

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    I got off my supporters bus after the cup final and the guy on princes st was playing 500 miles - it was incredible as was the girl with the team on the Sunday. Played properly bagpipes are stunning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EI255 View Post
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    Seriously?

    Bagpipes make my ears bleed. I cannot stand the Damn things. Truly awful "sound"

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    If you're too close, it is quite loud, but I seriously doubt your ears would bleed.

    I think they make for a fantastic occasion when it's a full pipe band.

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    Never going to see bagpipes on the pitch again. GFA are concerned about their safety.

    The prospect of every single bladder being fatally burst by exuberant Hibbies is just too much for them, there's also a real worry that the sevconian hun guards would never make it onto the pitch in time to protect them all, not to mention the certainty of them finding themselves on the wrong end of a carefully inserted drone reed

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    Anyone remember Rangers Final at Parkhead, when the "pipe" band, was a tad orange based?

    Used to like the pipe bands for big matches....
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    Quote Originally Posted by EI255 View Post
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    Seriously?

    Bagpipes make my ears bleed.
    I've told you a million times, stop exaggerating.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith_M View Post
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    If you're too close, it is quite loud, but I seriously doubt your ears would bleed.

    I think they make for a fantastic occasion when it's a full pipe band.
    It is an amazing sound and why millions of people visit this wonderful place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EI255 View Post
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    Seriously?

    Bagpipes make my ears bleed. I cannot stand the Damn things. Truly awful "sound"

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    The lone piper at Murrayfield is a bit special.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baldy Foghorn View Post
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    Anyone remember Rangers Final at Parkhead, when the "pipe" band, was a tad orange based?

    Used to like the pipe bands for big matches....
    I recall they got a less than hospitable reception from the hibs support behind the goals that day 😀

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jones28 View Post
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    The lone piper at Murrayfield is a bit special.
    As is the one at The Tattoo.

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    Love the sound of the pipes and drums from a marching pipe band.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baldy Foghorn View Post
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    Anyone remember Rangers Final at Parkhead, when the "pipe" band, was a tad orange based?

    Used to like the pipe bands for big matches....
    They weren't at all. It was a crowd called Macumba which was a pipe corps with samba drummers. I know some of them.

    The plan was that during their half time tour of the pitch they would stop at each end and get the fans going. They passed by the huns' end first and some hibees seeing this decided they were some pseudo orange set-up.

    When they tried to stop and play in front of us they got pelters.

    Had they gone clockwise instead of anti-clockwise they would have been viewed differently.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peevemor View Post
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    They weren't at all. It was a crowd called Macumba which was a pipe corps with samba drummers. I know some of them.

    The plan was that during their half time tour of the pitch they would stop at each end and get the fans going. They passed by the huns' end first and some hibees seeing this decided they were some pseudo orange set-up.

    When they tried to stop and play in front of us they got pelters.

    Had they gone clockwise instead of anti-clockwise they would have been viewed differently.
    Well that knocks my orange theory on it's backside lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by Since452 View Post
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    Does anyone know when or why they stopped the mass pipes before cup finals? Looking back at finals in the 80's on YouTube it was fantastic and really added to the occasion. Quite sad it doesn't happen anymore.
    Date changes meant that the Scottish Cup final fell the same day as a major pipe band championship, thus it became nearly impossible for the RSPBA (pipe band association) who organised the bands for Hampden to put together the required number of bands/bodies.

    I don't know if that's why the pipe band thing stopped, but it was definitely a problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peevemor View Post
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    Date changes meant that the Scottish Cup final fell the same day as a major pipe band championship, thus it became nearly impossible for the RSPBA (pipe band association) who organised the bands for Hampden to put together the required number of bands/bodies.

    I don't know if that's why the pipe band thing stopped, but it was definitely a problem.
    Why was it stopped at Scotland games? Sure it was same guys you used to see in the corners ready to come on. Very good question overall to be fair.

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    I think that was down to the SFA's matchday organisers. Maybe a cost thing?

    There are still bands now and again, but not massed bands like there used to be.

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    I remember they used to play around the pitch at Scotland games mid 90s finishing with Scotland the brave. That was great too.
    Sure they used to play Scotland the brave before the cup final too

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    Did they have the pipes before our cup win in 91? Struggling to remember!

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    I played in a band sponsored by Scottish Gas who, for a while, were also the main sponsors of the Scottish national team.

    There was an international played at Pittodrie on a Wednesday night and Scottish Gas insisted that we play (or lose our sponsorship)

    We explained that it was really complicated given that all our guys had day jobs, so the accepted that we'd just do half time.

    Our coach left Edinburgh at the right time, but various traffic jams, roadworks etc. meant that we were well late.

    We tuned up in the bus and arrived at the stadium on the stroke of half time, only not at the main stand where we were meant to be, but behind the opposite stand. We forced our way in past the stewards and ran down the steps through the crowd and got on to the pitch through one of the wee gates.

    We played 10 minutes, jumped back on the bus and watched the final half hour in a pub in the middle of Aberdeen before heading back down the road.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peevemor View Post
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    They weren't at all. It was a crowd called Macumba which was a pipe corps with samba drummers. I know some of them.

    The plan was that during their half time tour of the pitch they would stop at each end and get the fans going. They passed by the huns' end first and some hibees seeing this decided they were some pseudo orange set-up.

    When they tried to stop and play in front of us they got pelters.

    Had they gone clockwise instead of anti-clockwise they would have been viewed differently.


    Didn't stop me loudly booing them



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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith_M View Post
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    If you're too close, it is quite loud, but I seriously doubt your ears would bleed.

    I think they make for a fantastic occasion when it's a full pipe band.
    Threshold of hearing.....................0 dB*
    Outdoors, no people or traffic..........20 dB*
    Background noise in a library...........40 dB*
    Ordinary speaking voice.................60 dB*
    Heavy traffic...........................85 dB*
    Power lawnmower up close................90 dB*
    Motorcycle (rider)......................90 dB*
    Chainsaw...............................100 dB*
    Rock music at concert..................110 dB*
    Jet plane takeoff at 100 yards.........120 dB*
    Threshold of pain......................140 dB

    A solo piper at a distance of 1m will generally come in between 95 and 110dB, depending on how the pipes are set up.

    For the past 10-15 years any responsible tutor will encourage their pupils to use ear protection, which the majority now do.

    I've been piping for 33 years and can't adapt to using ear plugs though fortunately I haven't suffered any damage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SiinDubai View Post
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    I recall they got a less than hospitable reception from the hibs support behind the goals that day 😀
    I do believe that the groundsman was very thankful for the collection of coins we had taken and were thrown on the pitch for him and is still using the supply of lighters that were so generously thrown on for him as well

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    What Pevemore said is how I remember it that and Super Ally’s overhead kick

    Anyway I digress I have never been a fan of the bag pipes but I must confess to a tear running down my cheek at the recent Normandy Remembrance Ceremony when a lone piper played “Highland Laddie” the tune played by the Regimental Piper under the command of Lord Lovat as the allies stormed Sword Beach

    I am also convinced that a lone piper has played throughout the game at recent HIBS away games in Europe
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    When played correctly, they are amazing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Since452 View Post
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    Does anyone know when or why they stopped the mass pipes before cup finals? Looking back at finals in the 80's on YouTube it was fantastic and really added to the occasion. Quite sad it doesn't happen anymore.
    It really should happen - making the Scottish Cup final even more ‘Scottish’. I know if I was watching from another country I’d expect to see such things at a big Scottish event. Penny pinching SFA no doubt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baldy Foghorn View Post
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    Anyone remember Rangers Final at Parkhead, when the "pipe" band, was a tad orange based?

    Used to like the pipe bands for big matches....
    Aye , the McCoist final. They were lucky to survive that.

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    It really should happen - making the Scottish Cup final even more ‘Scottish’. I know if I was watching from another country I’d expect to see such things at a big Scottish event. Penny pinching SFA no doubt.
    Exactly. Especially in this day and age with SKY and social media the pipes before the cup final would be a major attraction

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    I was just thinking about this the other day.

    The build up to the Scottish cup final is quite good, if a bit generic. The pipes definitely set our big games apart.

    It always seemed to be "A Scottish Soldier" they would be playing. It's a song you never hear anywhere other than by a pipe band prior to a big football match.

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