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~ Stamp No. 121: Spain ~
Scott Catalogue No. Pending

That this singularly ugly drawing, which looks like it was done by a disturbed child, is the only representation of a bagpipe on a stamp issued by Spain is a national disgrace. Spain of course has an ancient and again vibrant piping tradition, exceeded in visibility worldwide only by that of Scotland. There are numerous makers of fine Gaitas in Spain (some of whom command prices in the area of US $1000 for their instruments and have long waiting lists). At the world's largest music trade show in Frankfurt, in 2004, there was not a singleScottish pipe maker represented but the Spanish were there. A proper Spanish bagpipe stamp, or set, is long overdue.

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