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Forum: Beer Tent 03-29-2018, 12:18 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,501
Posted By McThistle
Re: How long can it last? L&M

Obtained a brand new L&M bag back in 1972.
That bag is still in use on one of my pipes. Still air tight. :woot:

I stitched a hide bag at scout camp and used it for 19 years
before it...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 09-20-2017, 10:43 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,215
Posted By McThistle
Re: Steady pressure and repurposing equipment.

"As for considerations of employment, I'm thinking either a large
stopper to set into one of the drone stocks, or a smaller one to
use on a drone with the drone reed removed."

No need to...
Forum: Beer Tent 08-05-2017, 05:40 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,729
Posted By McThistle
Re: How Sherlock Holmes detects the piper

"You have skill of the pipes; I know by the drum of
your fingers on the horn spoon."

From The Lost Pibroch, Neil Monroe
Forum: Music 05-19-2017, 10:43 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,229
Posted By McThistle
Re: Are my ears playing tricks on me?

Download the program AUDACITY.

You can analyze recordings in a number of ways such as
slowing the tempo without changing pitch.
Analyze the pitch spectrum to see the frequency of the various...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 05-15-2017, 07:56 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,509
Posted By McThistle
Re: How do I bring down the pitch of my pipe chanter?

Here is a tone generator that will play a pure tone of whatever
frequency you choose.

http://onlinetonegenerator.com/

The number you choose is the actual frequency that it produces.

One...
Forum: Beer Tent 04-01-2017, 10:55 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 813
Posted By McThistle
Re: Great news for Haggis amateurs

The Haggis

The Haggis is a vicious breed with habits like a sloth
It makes its nest of Harris tweed and bits of tartan cloth.
It only ventures out at night and hunts in packs like dogs
It...
Forum: Beer Tent 10-16-2016, 08:32 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,376
Posted By McThistle
Re: A lamentation.... and emergency supplies

"I always bring a second set of pipes. :shrug:"

Same here. You don't get a second chance for a wedding or funeral.

At one wedding my bass reed decided to misbehave at strike-in. :(
...
Forum: Music 09-23-2016, 10:28 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 701
Posted By McThistle
Re: Museum Virtual Tour

Lament for MacSwan of Roaig was sung in the background.
Forum: Do It Yourself (DIY) 02-14-2016, 02:05 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,356
Posted By McThistle
Re: cane for GHB reeds in Australia?

In 2007 I bought 2 Kg of seasoned cane tubes 22-25 mm from:

Reeds Australia
PO Box 327
Stepney 5069 (maybe 5064)
Forum: Technique & Instrument 06-19-2015, 07:21 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,491
Posted By McThistle
Re: Differing part lengths on old pipes

I have a set of Center pipes, circa WWI, and noticed that the tenor bottoms
are different lengths. Counting the combing on them shows that one has
one more bead than the other. Overall section...
Forum: Music 05-23-2015, 09:44 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,348
Posted By McThistle
Re: Protestant hymns common to Catholic service ?

"Let the organist play the hymn tunes. There's nothing worse to
my ears than music - which is clearly not bagpipe music -
being played on the bagpipe. At best it has novelty value."
...
Forum: Piping and Drumming Jokes 05-21-2015, 07:13 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 816
Posted By McThistle
Re: Bagpipe parts

What. just squeakers. No squawker, droner or moaner ? :)
Forum: Beer Tent 05-14-2015, 06:46 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,382
Posted By McThistle
Re: Playing Pipes in a Cave

I have played in a handball court. Very loud with echos from all walls ceiling and floor. Our band even had to tune up in one! Only one pipe at a time for drone tuning. :woot:
Forum: Do It Yourself (DIY) 04-23-2015, 11:24 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,876
Posted By McThistle
Re: Looking for SWAGE-O-MATIC staple press plans

I made a staple forming tool but found that the method using pliers
was quicker and allowed reworking used staples.

The mandrel was filed down from a cylinder.

The steel in the pliers was not...
Forum: Beer Tent 04-10-2015, 05:47 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,136
Posted By McThistle
Re: Wooden whistle

"I once had a wooden whistle, but it wooden whistle,
Then I got a steel whistle, but it steel wooden whistle.
Then I got a tin whistle. Now I tin whistle." :whistle:

Perhaps this should have...
Forum: Beer Tent 03-17-2015, 10:51 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 8,807
Posted By McThistle
Re: Harsh. Ban Bagpipes on St. Patrick's

I recall a story related by my grandfather. His father was in New York
at this time of year and there was a piper on a street corner playing
his pipes. He was looking at policeman and wondering...
Forum: Do It Yourself (DIY) 02-23-2015, 07:18 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,834
Posted By McThistle
Re: threading chanter reed seat

Here is a photo of the reed seat tapping setup I used for our band chanters.
The stop ensures all are threaded to the same depth.
Only one or two turns are required.
The tap is a 1/4-28

...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 02-05-2015, 08:31 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,198
Posted By McThistle
Re: Honey seasoning

Honey was a standard seasoning in ages past. It is hygroscopic to a high degree.
If it becomes more than 85% water, fermentation will occur.
The alcohol produced will act as a disinfectant. ...
Forum: Piping and Drumming Jokes 02-04-2015, 07:22 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,530
Posted By McThistle
Re: So stupid it's funny

I thought that it was an Accordion, or was it a Banjo?

During a New York City garbage haulers strike, it is alleged that
someone gift wrapped his garbage and put it in view in the back
seat...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 01-29-2015, 07:10 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 6,547
Posted By McThistle
Re: L & M Pipe Bags

I am still playing an L&M bag bought in 1972.
It has had a number of different pipes tied into it
over the years, yet it still performs.:thumb:
Forum: Do It Yourself (DIY) 01-26-2015, 10:57 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,639
Posted By McThistle
Re: Machining and finishing imitation ivory

After hand turning with a chisel, I sand with #600 grit paper.
Then use #0000 steel wool followed by buffing with "Nevr-Dull" polishing wadding.
This leaves a smooth glossy finish.

I even...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 01-25-2015, 08:26 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 6,547
Posted By McThistle
Re: L & M Pipe Bags

Years ago someone in my band made such a bag. The big drawback was the cut offs.
The bag had stretched and inflated like a balloon and kept the drones playing after the tune was over. :doh:
Forum: Technique & Instrument 01-18-2015, 01:17 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,105
Posted By McThistle
Re: Louder chanter

"One thing that may be confounding your results is reed brand.
How many different brands are reflected in your sample?"

All reeds were the same brand, McThistle Reeds, manufactured
from...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 01-17-2015, 06:39 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,105
Posted By McThistle
Re: Louder chanter

I made a manometer test some time ago with different reeds in the same chanter
and found a correlation between strength of reed and loudness (sound pressure).
That all the points do not fall...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 01-08-2015, 06:15 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,444
Posted By McThistle
Re: Where is your chanter pitching right now?

My Hardie chanters are at 466 to 468 Hz.
Band tupperware chanter is set at 468 Hz.

" We don't play dog whistles." :poke:
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