Frank Bain was a maker of bagpipes going back to the early 1900's, his son is very well known for his bagpipe music, taught at Edinburgh Castle by Willie Ross.
These pipes were built by Frank Bain in the early 1960's for the late Alasdair Ross of the Edinburgh Royal Scottish Pipers. Alasdair was well known for his exceptional musical talent and won every competition he entered with these pipes which he had designed for his particular way of playing and sound. Alasdair also studied under Willie Ross of Edinburgh Castle as a young lad often talking about not being permitted to even play a note until he got the walking/marching correct, followed by many more tales.
The silver ornate detail you can see was made and put on by Frank Bain in 1989 during a refurbishment, his last set of pipes he ever worked on (according to Alasdair Ross)
As you can see they are a beautiful example of a most unusual set of pipes, anyone who has heard them or has had the pleasure of playing them has said not only do they look unlike any other pipe they also sound incredible.
On the silver plaque is engraved by Frank himself the words:
Seann Phide Chull-Looair
Tha Ceol Anns Na Maidean
Ma Bheir Thus As E
This set was made by Frank Bain
Bagpipe reed maker Edinburgh Scotland
To conform to the old Avernish
Highland Bagpipe known as
Seann Phiob Chull-Looair
There is a CD of Alan Bain playing this bagpipe. The following was pulled from the Internet.
"Recordings of the bagpipes are frequent and plentiful, but few capture the strength and pervasive power of the instrument. This CD by Alan Bain is one of a very few on which the drones have been recorded at natural volume, thereby endowing the instrument with its full power and vitality.
Alan was brought up not only playing the pipes but also making them in the family business. This skill has enabled him and his brother Frank to craft a set of African blackwood and silver pipes, played on most tracks of this CD, to the dimensions and tone of an ancient set of Avernish pipes made of whale tooth ivory, horn and hazel. These unique pipes, and Alanís playing in the old West Coast tradition make this an unique recording, as well as one to be greatly enjoyed by all pipe fans.
Bain, Alan. (19?? - ) Scottish, from Kintail, a native gaelic speaker of the highlands. Piper, pipe maker, reed maker. Taught to play by his father Frank M. Bain and later by the PM Willie Ross. By the age of 10 was already an accomplished piper. During WWII, served with the Seaforth Highlanders. Supplied the military school of piping in Edinburgh Castle with drone and chanter reeds. Had the strong belief that women should not play the pipes. Released a CD names The Road to the Isles, which was recorded in one take while he was in his 70s-the tunes fade from one to the next since the sound engineer did not want one long recording with no breaks! Frequently visited by well-known piper Gavin Stoddart."