About us

Our names are Ottavio Gusmini and Doina Dragotoiu, and we are husband and wife.

Ottavio is the owner of the shop and a professional musician. He holds a diploma in percussion instruments from the Conservatory of Milan but he fell in love with bagpipes and Scotland, deciding to move to Scotland for a couple of years to perfect his bagpiping skills at the College of Piping and National Piping Centre in Glasgow and becoming a student of the great Willie Morrison. 

An esteemed piper and experienced teacher, he has a deep knowledge of Scottish culture and history. He is also active in the publishing industry, and among his publications are a method book for the Great Highland Bagpipe and a book about Scottish castles and legends (both in Italian).

Doina, on the other hand, is a professional nurse and is listed as a family collaborator in the shop, providing valuable help to Ottavio during busy periods. She accompanied her husband during his long stay in Scotland, also falling in love with Scotland, its landscapes, and its culture, but to be honest, not so much with its cold winter wind! She supports Ottavio in all of his endeavors, and it is largely due to her innate encouragement that this business was born.