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Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 09-28-2020, 11:20 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 472
Posted By Steve Bliven
Re: Cane SSP Reeds

With a bellows blown set, it's not uncommon for a reed to last for decades assuming careful handling. I played a Hamish Moore set for over 15 years with no reed issues (other than the occasional...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 09-07-2020, 07:21 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 351
Posted By Steve Bliven
NSP tweaker sought

A friend has a lovely set of Colin Ross NSPs that need some care and tweaking as they have been sitting for far too long. Any suggestions for someone, particularly with reed experience, here in the...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 06-09-2020, 03:32 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 498
Posted By Steve Bliven
Re: Pipers Gathering 2020, Litchfield, CT

The Pipers Gathering Board has announced that this year's event will be cancelled due to health concerns. They hope to have a series of virtual (not viral) events to be announced on their web site...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 06-04-2020, 10:11 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,338
Posted By Steve Bliven
Re: Smallpipes in other pitches besides A or D?

Crossed with CalumII in mailing......




Well, maybe "F-ish" Not quite F but thereabouts.


There are NSP sets in concert pitch allowing them to mix with other instrumentation without...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 06-03-2020, 08:39 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,338
Posted By Steve Bliven
Re: Smallpipes in other pitches besides A or D?

Early on in the SSP development, it was unclear what key was going to predominate. Hamish Moore used to make a set that had chanters in A, Bb, C, and D with tuning beads on the drones to match. ...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 05-16-2020, 03:16 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 448
Posted By Steve Bliven
Re: Any music collections for the the "Primitive" (unkeyed) Northumbrian smallpipes?

You might check with the Northumbrian Pipers Society. The sell a number of tunebooks and might have one with a focus on keyless instruments.

Best wishes.

Steve
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 04-25-2020, 12:11 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,036
Posted By Steve Bliven
Re: eBay Irish smallpipes

The eBay listing doesn't give the maker's name—says it's available on request via a PM. Hard to tell from looking at the photos.


Best wishes.


Steve
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 04-21-2020, 04:21 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 366
Posted By Steve Bliven
Re: What US or Canadian pipemaker would be best known for using regional animal produ

Mike Dow is the maker (sporadic) who has used walrus penile bone for mounts. You might also check with Mike Mac Harg (The Wee Piper) about some of the materials he uses.

Best wishes.

Steve
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 03-16-2020, 09:52 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,366
Posted By Steve Bliven
Re: German/Medieval Bagpipe

Here's a web page with some books of tunes that might be of interest....


https://folkfriends.com/en/50+Melodies+for+the+Medieval+Bagpipe+Band+1.htm


Best wishes,


Steve
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 02-24-2020, 01:02 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 498
Posted By Steve Bliven
Pipers Gathering 2020, Litchfield, CT

The Pipers Gathering web site is listing Instructors/Performers for 2020 as follows:
Alan MacDonald and Michael Roddy (Scottish smallpipes)
Andy May (Northumbrian smallpipes)
Jerry O’Sullivan and...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 01-23-2020, 09:15 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 882
Posted By Steve Bliven
Re: Lignum vitae

Thanks Barry. I know Hamish Moore made some SSP in Lignum years back (Chris Layer played a set), but I hear mixed comments for its use in mouthblown instruments like flutes, recorders, etc. Just...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 01-20-2020, 02:37 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 882
Posted By Steve Bliven
Lignum vitae

Anyone have any experience with Lignum vitae used on mouthblown (aka "wet") pipes?


Thanks and best wishes.


Steve
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 11-16-2019, 07:26 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 518
Posted By Steve Bliven
Pipers Gathering Yard Sale

Each year, at its annual event, the Pipers Gathering holds a Yard Sale of instruments, books, recordings, etc. This year there's a Holiday Yard Sale being held on the Gathering web site. ...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 08-24-2019, 05:07 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,024
Posted By Steve Bliven
Re: Alex Currie's pipes

As an interesting sidenote, the A=440 was formalized by the Treaty of Versailles which ended World War I. See http://capionlarsen.com/history-pitch/ for a more thorough discussion of what A= over...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 08-23-2019, 03:11 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,024
Posted By Steve Bliven
Re: Alex Currie's pipes

Same response as before probably applies. Check with Barry Shears. He still remembers more about Cape Breton piping than the rest put together.


Best wishes.


Steve
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 07-27-2019, 01:02 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,094
Posted By Steve Bliven
Re: Shuttle pipes before John Walsh

Dave Shaw advertises shuttle pipes, although his web site says he is not currently taking orders. Not sure whether that meets your criterion of "producer".


Best wishes.


Steve
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 07-27-2019, 07:04 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 777
Posted By Steve Bliven
Re: 2019 Pipers Gathering in Litchfield, CT

No Waldo this year?


Best wishes.


Steve
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 06-24-2019, 07:56 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,135
Posted By Steve Bliven
Re: Case for Smallpipes

Hey Waldo, how many times have I said, "Don't practice your birls on the keyboard".... :wave:
Best wishes.


Steve
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 05-28-2019, 03:13 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,470
Posted By Steve Bliven
Re: Colin Ross RIP

Sorry, meant to say "one of the 'inventors' of the Scottish Smallpipes" (but couldn't find how to edit my message).


Best wishes.


Steve
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 05-28-2019, 01:53 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,470
Posted By Steve Bliven
Colin Ross RIP

Word is spreading that Colin Ross has passed. Sad to hear. Long noted for his Northumbrian pipes and as the "inventor" of the modern Scottish Smallpipes.



Be well.


Steve
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 05-15-2019, 04:33 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,301
Posted By Steve Bliven
Re: Smallpipes & Whistle

An A whistle would be my first choice. Although you'd be missing that low leading note that's generally an easy work-around. Or you could play in the second register if you really needed that...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 04-29-2019, 10:36 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,093
Posted By Steve Bliven
Re: Northumbrian pipe makers?

There is also the Pipers Gathering http://www.pipersgathering.org in CT in August (Andy May scheduled to be there) and another gathering in the Albany, NY area which regularly includes a half dozen...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 04-26-2019, 05:22 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,965
Posted By Steve Bliven
Re: SSPs with keys?

Except in movies like Braveheart.....:woot:


Best wishes.


Steve
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 04-16-2019, 05:34 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,393
Posted By Steve Bliven
Re: LBPS Tutor Useful For Mouth-blown SSPs?

Still not clear on what are using to differentiate between the two...


Best wishes.


Steve
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 04-15-2019, 05:21 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,393
Posted By Steve Bliven
Re: LBPS Tutor Useful For Mouth-blown SSPs?

Not clear on how you are differentiating between "lowland pipes" and "smallpipes". Would you elaborate?


Best wishes.


Steve
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