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Students Sell Teacher’s Precious Pipes at Flea Market

September 17, 1991

CONCORD, Pa. (AP) _ It took a teacher more than a year to get his handmade bagpipes ready to play. It took some students only a couple of hours to sell the instrument, by mistake, at a flea market.

″I have been in a full-fledged panic,″ Vince DeMarro told the Delaware County Daily Times on Monday.

DeMarro, a teacher at Garnet Valley High School, had placed his precious pipes in a closet at school.

But the high school band was storing flea market items in the same closet.

DeMarro went by the flea market during the weekend and asked how the fund- raiser was going.

″Great 3/8 We just sold the bagpipes - for $7,″ a student told him.

They searched in vain for the buyer, who had said he wanted to hang the instrument on a wall.

″I could see the pain in their faces, but I told them it was really nobody’s fault. You can’t condemn over-eagerness,″ DeMarro said.

DeMarro had carefully cured the leather air bag and shaved the reeds to produce the right tone, and hoped to play the finished instrument in public for the first time this week.

″All that work down the drain,″ DeMarro said.

A $50 reward was offered for any information about the instrument. Tuesday morning, he said he hadn’t heard from the buyer.

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