I saw some excellent buskers on the street of Asheville today. It was perfect weather and we all know the warm days are falling off quickly. There were lots of tourists walking around and I thought it would be a good idea to play the latest set of smallpipes in public for a while before sending them off on Monday. This set is made of Osage orange with antler mounts in the key of D and they made me ten bucks on Lexington street today just before Mela Indian restaurant opened. I got to explain to a lot of people what the Scottish smallpipes were and play a lot of dance tunes as well as some of the light music I’m competing with next year. The pipes worked like a charm and I’ll take them to the Irish session tomorrow night at Jack of the Wood pub before sending them off on Monday, finally. I asked my first tipper to take my picture.