UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS
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On 10 November 1775, by Act of the Continental Congress, two Battalions of Marines were raised, thus forming the United States Marine Corps. Since that time, Marine pipers have been engaged in every combat action where Marines have fought, "from the Halls of Montezuma to the Shores of Tripoli." It is only fitting that America’s premiere, elite fighting force should have its own Limited Edition set of Bagpipes. The USMC Edition Bagpipes are only available to Active, Reserve, Retired and Honorably Discharged Marines and to FMF (Fleet Marine Force) Navy Chaplains, Corpsmen and Doctors.
The United States Marine Corps (USMC) Limited Edition Bagpipes© are the result of more than eleven years of design work. Each USMC set is made of properly aged, air-dried, hand-turned African Blackwood or Cocobolo by Master Bagpipe Maker Roddy MacLellan of MacLellan Bagpipes with Minimal Combing and includes a MacLellan African Blackwood Solo Bagpipe Chanter. As standard, the USMC Limited Edition Bagpipes are "half-mounted" with .925 sterling silver (ferrules, ring caps, slides, mouthpiece tube, and personalized shield) expertly handcrafted by Master Silversmith Roddy MacLellan. The unique design created for this set also includes Bronze beading on Ferrules and Caps with Bronze accents on the Mouthpiece Tube. Standard projecting mounts, bushings and mouthpiece bulb are available in a variety of materials including (but not limited to) boxwood, imitation ivory, cocobolo, African Blackwood, and satinwood. Projecting mount, bushing and mouthpiece bulb upgrades are available in a variety of premium materials at an added price. These materials include (but are not limited to) sterling silver, elephant ivory, mammoth ivory and moose antler. Each set of MacLellan Silver is then sent to Master Engraver, David Davidse, of Truehand Engraving. David has taken the original concept and created a truly unique and timeless classic featuring the Eagle, Globe and Anchor and an original background pattern, the "Leatherneck Scroll," based on the Marine Corps Mameluke Sword. Each piece is then expertly hand-engraved by David and returned to Roddy for mounting
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Because each set is handmade from start to finish, a six-month lead-time is required and a deposit of $3,000.00 (US) is required with the remaining balance due prior to delivery. Upon your order, you will choose your MacLellan drone profile (Original, Chalice Top, or Standard), determine your specific mounting requirements, select the wording for your personalized shield, discuss setup and delivery options, and obtain a finalized price. To order your own USMC Limited Edition Bagpipes, or to obtain further information, please contact Justin Stodghill by e-mail or telephone.
Capt Justin B. "Piper" Stodghill, USMC (ret.) Gautier, MS 39553 (601) 323-8998 firstname.lastname@example.org
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