Jim Dick said:Bob,
I think more people would tolerate the trumpet rather than the bagpipes. ;D ;D ;D
I have a bagpipe chanter which is generally far more tolerable than the whole bagpipe. I've not learned it, but I understand that once you can play the chanter, transitioning to full pipes is fairly easy.
Farther on up, somebody asked about storing a dulcimer for prolonged periods. Extremes of humidity can adversely affect anything made of wood. Other than that, just loosen the strings a little bit.