Norman Kyle

I found Norman during a business trip to Edmonton, Alberta one cold winter day in 1997.  I had lived in Edmonton from 1980 to 1985 but knew nothing of him during those years. I didn't really know what to expect and was humbled by his generosity and eagerness to show me his wares.

Normal made injection molded bagpipes and chanters.  He was the first person I know that threaded reed seats.  His drone reeds, which he made himself, screwed into place securely and were quite the novelty at that time.

I regret not taking more pictures.  He had buckets of bagpipe parts waiting to be assembled.  He was most proud of his product. 

I recall a band in Ontario that had purchased a few of his chanters to try out.  They experienced a few breaking right at the High A hole.  Under significant magnification they discovered that all the chanters had stress fractures around every hole.  I don't believe they moved past the trial stage.
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