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Texas Gael 02-01-2019 03:14 PM

Pakistani Bagpipe Challenge
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L00aJkUk54k

Anyone out there doing the Pakistani Bagpipe Challenge? The Challenge is to purchase a set of Pakistani-made bagpipes, get them properly reeded and set up, then play them with your pipe band. I'm tempted, but I'm currently blowing in a vintage set of Hendersons that I just bought, so don't want to put any time in on this. I imagine a lot of others will be taking up the challenge though!

Good luck to all participants, am looking forward to seeing your videos on YouTube!

Cheers -

Wes

Andrew Lenz 02-01-2019 04:09 PM

Re: Pakistani Bagpipe Challenge
 
Ugh. Sounds like a lot of work! :willy:

Andrew

delraypiper 02-01-2019 04:40 PM

Re: Pakistani Bagpipe Challenge
 
Why?
John D

Andrew Lenz 02-01-2019 06:50 PM

Re: Pakistani Bagpipe Challenge
 
Because it was there? If I had time and money to kill, it'd be fun. Ok, and maybe enough interest too. :lol:

Andrew

piper Q 02-02-2019 07:38 AM

Re: Pakistani Bagpipe Challenge
 
Another Gentleman and myself had too much fun with a set of unverifiable parentage bagpipes get to a semi playable condition for a beginning piper.... NO.


The P1's I have as a second set was nightmare enough to hemp properly after delivery.

Patrick McLaurin 02-02-2019 08:02 AM

Re: Pakistani Bagpipe Challenge
 
Easy way would be to just drop the pakistani drones into another pipes’ stocks. If for no other reason than pakistani stocks are generally smaller in outer diameter and it would be a waste of a bag fit to them and then you’ve already got a proper chanter going in the surrogate pipe anyway.

That’s what I did in 2015 anyway:

https://www.patrickmclaurin.com/wordpress/?p=3110

pancelticpiper 02-02-2019 02:17 PM

Re: Pakistani Bagpipe Challenge
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Texas Gael (Post 1334535)

1) purchase a set of Pakistani-made bagpipes

2) get them properly reeded

3) play them with your pipe band

1) waste of money that I could use on something useful

2) waste of my time

3) waste of band time

About #2, it's like the saying "never try to teach a pig to sing. Pigs can't sing, and it annoys the pig."

pancelticpiper 02-02-2019 02:19 PM

Re: Pakistani Bagpipe Challenge
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Patrick McLaurin (Post 1334559)
just drop the Pakistani drones into another pipes’ stocks.

There are wider and deeper things I'd like to drop the Pakistani drones into.

Seriously though, I've had newbies come over with Pakistani pipes and it was possible to get the drones to sort of work. They had a poor tone and were too touchy to use for playing; in short, not worth the time and effort.

That's the good news! The chanters were always far worse.

Patrick McLaurin 02-02-2019 03:24 PM

Re: Pakistani Bagpipe Challenge
 
Just to clarify, I didn’t waste any money on the project (someone else’s pipes) and at the time it was to see if all the punters who can hear the difference between blackwood and plastic could spot they were sheesham, or whatever.

Glenurquhart 02-02-2019 05:00 PM

Re: Pakistani Bagpipe Challenge
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Patrick McLaurin (Post 1334569)
Just to clarify, I didnít waste any money on the project (someone elseís pipes) and at the time it was to see if all the punters who can hear the difference between blackwood and plastic could spot they were sheesham, or whatever.

Could they hear the difference?

Before the independence of India and Pakistan Petro Bros in Sialkot and other firms made pipes fom Sheesham for the British market, offering real ivory and silver for higher-grade sets. These pipes could not have been that bad back in those days because they would have been unsellable, at least to British customers. I wonder if Sheesham is necessarily a poor wood because it is still a Dalbergia species, though the lightest type of all Dalbergias. Carefully selected, heavy, aged and seasoned heartwood should produce a decent sound. By the way, many early Scottish pipes were made from plain woods like Laburnum and stained ash or oak, which are no better than Sheesham.


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