The antique style has a more minimalist approach to the design of the bagpipe. The two main differences between the antiques and our traditional highland bagpipes is the lack of combing & beading and the button mounts instead of the projection mounts. Without combing and beading, the natural wood grain of the African Hard Wood really shows through and creates a smooth look to the pipes. The button mounts contribute to the stream line look of the pipes. The options for the material of the button mounts are the same as projection mounts, the sky is the limit.
While these pipes are not as expensive as our traditional sets, there is no loss in quality. The cost difference is a result of these pipes not being as labor intensive, it is simply a matter of aesthetic preference. This is an exceptional way to obtain the Gibson sound at a more affordable price.