Most new bagpipers ask: "What kind of pipes should I buy?" This is a question that all new bagpipers have. The first thing I would tell you is that Ebay is not the place for a new bagpiper to buy pipes. The pipes sold on Ebay are usually made of Rosewood, Sheesham Wood or Cocuswood and are usually made in Pakistan. The other kind of pipes sold on Ebay are used. I think that you need to be a well educated bagpipe consumer to buy a used anything in the bagpipe world.
As a new bagpipe student, the best resource available to you is your teacher. Your teacher will be able to recommend a brand and set up that he/she has experience with. As a bagpipe retailer myself I have a favorite brand and I am happy to sell that brand all day long. Your teacher though is the person that you will be involved with for hopefully a long time. If you don't have a teacher and you are new to all of this, my suggestion is for you to go find a teacher. If you can't find one, call me and I'll help you find one in your area. The bagpipe world needs a guide to get you through the vast choices of products and services available."
Gary Guth is a professional bagpiper with over 45 years of playing experience and has been teaching bagpipes full time for the last 20 years. He has written "Bagpipes For Beginners", "the Bagpipe Hymnal", and " A Piper's Christmas".