R. G. Hardie

R. G. Hardie learned his bagpipe making skills from Robert Reid.  After WWII he had a brief business relationship with Jack Dunbar and Hector Russell Bagpipes before opening his own business in 1950. 

Hardie Bagpipes enjoyed great popularity and demand in the 1950's, 1960's and early 1970's.  Hardie chanters also won several World Championships during those years.  These chanters are still greatly respected by solo pipers.
Here's are a few wonderful examples of 1950's vintage Hardie bagpipes with catalin fittings. Once upon a time these were plentiful however you see fewer and fewer each year. The dark orange catalin holds a special appeal to me as it speaks so richly of the era in which they were built.  Of course, the catalin would have started its life being pure white!
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Note the treatment of the cord beads.  Very similar to Henderson but not quite!  Of course, the bores were nothing like Henderson and neither was the sound.
Hardie acquired Henderson around 1970 and there are bagpipes out there stamped Henderson but are Hardie bagpipes inside and out. 

It wasn't long afterwards that Hardie focused on their own brand and dropped the Henderson brand altogether. 
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