Jeannie Campbell MBE, the well known piping historian, tells us that the initial print run of her incredible book, Pipe Bands, has now sold out completely.

The major publication, which racks up a staggering 856 pages, was printed in mid-September.

Jeannie, pictured with her book, tells us she is currently working on a second print run and asks for patience from those who have ordered copies within the last week as the reprint won’t be printed until early in the new year due to the festive holiday period. The second edition will incorporate a few minor alterations to the first edition.

Pipe Bands is an exhaustive, factual reference book covering the entire history of the pipe band movement. It was sold directly from Jeannie as well as from The Bagpipe Shop.

Bagpipe.News intends to publish a review shortly. In the meantime, copies of the second edition can be reserved at £30 (plus shipping) directly from Jeannie.

Jeannie tells us she has no plans to make the book available as a digital publication.

A correspondent asks us for information on a Scottish pipemaker, Peter Sim who died in Aberdeen in 1915. He tells us that his relative in the US has a set pipes made by Sim.

However, very little is known about Peter Sim. Indeed, we can find no actual information on his pipe-making business and all we can find is a Post Office Directory listing which has him as a teacher of music in 1879/80. At this point he was living at 175½ Gallowgate in the city. When the census of 1881 was taken, Sim was aged 44, and was a brass finisher and music teacher.

We know that he was born at Montrose and later married Christina; the couple had four children. Christina died in October 1916, by which time Peter was aged 79 years.

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