This article is from the Bagpipe FAQ, by Denise McNickle firstname.lastname@example.org with numerous contributions by others.
The cost of a set of pipes will vary greatly depending on maker and
materials. Cheap instruments can be had for a few hundred dollars, and high-
quality pipes made from expensive materials can go well into four figures
(dollars *or* pounds!). If you're going to be at all serious about playing you
should avoid cheap imitations - with cheap pipes, you get exactly what you pay
A set of good-quality pipes from a reputable maker can be had new for
about $1000. A good used set can cost less. If you want fancy silver or ivory
ornamentation the price explodes. You can always get pipes directly from the
maker, and you can also get pipes from many of the suppliers in the resource
list (see Part 2).