That was a terrible thing to happen, having ones pipes stolen.
I've heard that this happens a lot at Heathrow (a.k.a Thiefrow)
and other London airports, peoples belongings disappearing.
Wouldn't An Piobaire publish a photo of your stolen pipes
Tommy? The piping community is small and someone could
possibly recognise them. Also Dave Bondy of the London piper's
club is on this list, he may be able to help in some way.
Were they stolen recently? I remember Michael McGoldrick
had his Williams set stolen, but got them back after a while.
I live in Sweden, and there are no Bourke sets here. Piper
Jorgen Fischer has a Johnny Bourke chanter which
he brought directly from Johnny. It is not sweet
sounding, being extremely loud and bright, most
likely due to the reed.