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Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + Yesterday, 11:08 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,648
Posted By Chris C.
Re: What reaction do you get when playing in public?

I've only had positive experiences for the most part. If I play outside where I live (in a neighborhood), it's not too loud for people and those who are walking about generally like hearing it....
Forum: Beer Tent Yesterday, 10:58 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 313
Posted By Chris C.
Re: Groped by women when performing?

No, but at a St. Patrick's Day celebration in the mid 80's, when several of us band pipers were hired out to escort some businessmen through a pub crawl, a drunk woman reached for the hem of my kilt....
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 11-19-2020, 06:03 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,056
Posted By Chris C.
Re: Holding PC aloft?

Personally, I don't know why it would be necessary to want to play a PC holding it outright... Most guys rest it on something, be it a table or -- if it's a long PC -- their knee or leg.

A pipe...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 11-19-2020, 05:55 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 484
Posted By Chris C.
Re: Cleaning ABW chanter...

I've just used a bit of 409 or Lysol sprayed on a bit of paper towel, just enough to get the gunk off. It hasn't done anything negative to any of my chanters, whether PC or pipe chanter.
Forum: Technique & Instrument 11-19-2020, 05:53 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 457
Posted By Chris C.
Re: Question on Hardies....

Hardies were the standard 'beginner' set in my region, along with Lawries and maybe one or two other brands. Their chanters in the early 80's were excellent -- very good sound, and decent volume. I...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 08-22-2020, 05:38 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,184
Posted By Chris C.
Re: Tuning-Middle Tenor First?

I always tune the outer tenor first, even during touch ups, because on my set the middle tenor has always been the least stable of the three. Bass is last.
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 08-22-2020, 05:35 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 815
Posted By Chris C.
Re: Help with getting the air I blow into the pipes!!

Wanted to add here that once again, for the gazillionth time, I got out my set of Lawries after a 2-3 week layoff (life had got in the way of playing). Lips were giving out after 5 minutes or so....
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 08-13-2020, 11:38 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 944
Posted By Chris C.
Re: Practice Chanter Reed Recomondation

I've had good luck with Warnock red PC reeds, both in my Lawrie standard PCs and my no-name ABW long PC I got at Hector Russell in the 1990s.
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 08-08-2020, 02:08 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 688
Posted By Chris C.
Re: Frequent Double Toning - Tenor Drone Reed

Not an expert on synthetic reeds, but if they were brand new, it stands to reason that they might have a little break-in time. I know I did with my Wygents and SM90's. Plastic bends.... etc.

Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 08-06-2020, 08:37 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 815
Posted By Chris C.
Re: Help with getting the air I blow into the pipes!!

Could be reeds sucking too much air. I had that happen for a while when getting back into it. Took a while to get them fine tuned, i.e. trade-off between pitch, tone, and amount of air they were...
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 07-24-2020, 01:00 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,865
Posted By Chris C.
Re: Help with transition to pipes...

Amazing Grace. Skye Boat Song, etc. (Slow airs). The Dark Island, which was mentioned here, is also good. I've used that to warm up with a lot.

Slow airs are really handy to build up the lips and...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 07-21-2020, 07:11 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 464
Posted By Chris C.
Re: Experiments with black wood chanters

The band I was in during the 80's used Hardie BW with Warnocks.... Very loud, but non-ridge cut reeds seemed to sound better in the Hardie. Seemed to make it sound a bit more plaintive and pleasant...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 07-21-2020, 07:07 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,263
Posted By Chris C.
Re: Which is your priority with drone reed? Chanter interaction or standalone drone s

Stability and playability are paramount to me, basically -- do they stay on without squealing or warbling, do they strike in well, do they play well without sucking too much air, etc.

The tone is...
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 07-15-2020, 03:31 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,865
Posted By Chris C.
Re: Help with transition to pipes...

RE: increasing mouth strength: a little each day. And/or a little several times a day. Give the lips a chance to rest. It will come. Slow airs appear to be a little easier when gaining or re-gaining...
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 07-10-2020, 12:46 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,865
Posted By Chris C.
Re: Help with transition to pipes...

Just off the cuff, sounds like a hard reed.
Forum: Technique & Instrument 06-25-2020, 04:39 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 905
Posted By Chris C.
Re: Drone bore mist

I don't have a modern bag, and sometimes blow 'wet'. I generally pull the blowstick out of the stock before storing the pipes in the case, and it seems to dissipate moisture adequately for my uses (I...
Forum: Beer Tent 06-23-2020, 05:53 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 5,016
Posted By Chris C.
Re: What tune never gets old to you?

Of the more popular tunes, Green Hills. I know some have mentioned on these boards from time to time they tire of it... I just don't.
Forum: Technique & Instrument 05-31-2020, 04:01 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,618
Posted By Chris C.
Re: Ridge or straight cut, which to you prefer?

The little experience I had with ridge cut reeds was the Warnocks we used in band and they were loud and trumpety compared to the molded reeds I much prefer.

Not sure if the other ridge cut brands...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 03-26-2020, 03:47 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 4,733
Posted By Chris C.
Re: Drone instability, poor blowing or moisture?

Looks like everyone has it covered, only thing I could add is when re-hemping the drones use extra beeswax / tar / sticky stuff of your choice.

I noticed a difference when I re-hemped the ends of...
Forum: Beer Tent 03-14-2020, 08:25 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,434
Posted By Chris C.
Re: Bagpipe Backlash - McDonald's restaurant

I wonder if they picked the worst sounding pipe recording they could find, on purpose. Certainly, there are better sounding ones. Yet, out-of-tune pipes are going to be more effective in annoying...
Forum: Beer Tent 03-09-2020, 07:59 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,392
Posted By Chris C.
Re: Fake 'ivory'

I have no problem with Catalin. That's what is on my Lawries. Yeah, it's darkening towards orange. Shows its age.

I understand people are into aesthetics. I'm more concerned over whether they...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 03-07-2020, 02:32 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,252
Posted By Chris C.
Re: Middle drone issue?

The middle drone on my pipes has always been the most apt to be temperamental, re-hemp or no. No cracks or obvious leaks. It may just be the design, or my blowing, although even when my blowing is...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 12-26-2019, 03:02 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,643
Posted By Chris C.
Re: Replacement drone reed bridles?

Although this definitely would not work permanently, rubber bands can be used in emergencies, should a bridle break for some reason. They can be adjusted through the number of wraps to achieve...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 11-30-2019, 12:43 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,010
Posted By Chris C.
Re: Hemping joints.

I have no idea. My Lawries came with all unwaxed hemp, although that was long ago.

Maybe Hardie is trying to give new pipers a little bit of a break, and their hemp wrappers, as well?
Forum: Technique & Instrument 10-17-2019, 06:07 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 8,290
Posted By Chris C.
Re: Hardie Infinity chanters

Point taken, but it's like any field, there are always people trying to tweak, improve, create a market for a newer, updated product. And those ABW Naills you mention were probably a newer, updated...
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