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piper Q 01-05-2018 12:08 PM

Developing steady pressure
We all experienced the difficulty of having a new piper develop an ear and feel for steady pressure on the pipes. I've taken the gage from a Blood Pressure Cuff and set it up with a hose to a hollow cork. I've had the student insert it into the end tenor drone and have it set to where he can watch the needle. I told him listen to the tone of the drones and watch the needle, to try to keep the needle as steady as possible and to hold a steady tone as long as he can. We're working him up to playing the simplest of tunes aand now with a visual clue as well we're making better progress.

On another note with the set of pipes he has (Ebay anyone?) we discovered a unique aspect that was also distracting from advancement. The molded plastic blow pipe had for lack of a better term a floating little mac valve in the body, coupled with a little mac in the stick end the air flow was erratic at best entering the bag. Removal of the hard rubber piece also made the pipes more playable. Just a few observations on what I've and another person have experienced with the student's pipes.

What was that about $500 to make some imported specials playable?

el gaitero 01-05-2018 12:26 PM

Re: Developing steady pressure.
I’ve come across newbies with two ‘flappers’...either a flap + moose or similar redundancy.

I think ,besides 2x resistance,.. the flappers are not in synch opening and closing ...thus...fllluuffppphh-ing.

Imho Simple flappers...plastic or even oldies from a leather boot fine if properly tied and maintained.

piper Q 01-06-2018 08:08 AM

Re: Developing steady pressure.

Most accurate description of the effect I've seen. Cheers.

Leong 01-06-2018 06:22 PM

Re: Developing steady pressure.
More is less (in this case) :)

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