Perhaps one of the most under-appreciated pipemakers of the early 20th century was Robert Reid. A student of John MacDougall Gillies from 1907 up until Gillies death in 1925, Reid was a consistent solo prizewinner at most of the major contests and set a record winning the piobaireachd at Cowal from 1923 to 1928, and 1930 to 1938. He began pipemaking in 1932 and continued until 1957. Below is a set of Reid pipes from th 40′s mounted in nickel and Catalin. (Thanks to BL for the pictures)
Below – Bass drone profile very similar to Hardie, which makes sense as Hardie learned pipemaking from Reid.
Pictures of the nickel/ivory set below courtesy of Kip Nead, California