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Forum: Technique & Instrument 11-20-2018, 03:58 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,828
Posted By Potsdam
Re: Flat E on RJM Chanter

When talking to Jamie Troy about the same problem, he recommended giving the reed a shave on the soundbox.
These chanters are very reactive to blowing (particularly the E). Jamie's advice was to...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 08-26-2018, 10:13 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,190
Posted By Potsdam
Re: Bass drones: World's observation

Respectfully, I agree and disagree.
No doubt, tone extends from proper setup and steady blowing. Taking both of those as a given, I still hear a difference among the top few bands and the rest of...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 08-24-2018, 07:35 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,445
Posted By Potsdam
Re: How to deal with Flat Cs

In my experience, flat Cs are an indication that too much moisture is hitting the reed.
F moves at the same rate so if you're having flat Fs and Cs double check your moisture system and take efforts...
Forum: Beer Tent 08-24-2018, 06:07 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,327
Posted By Potsdam
Re: Piping at Funerals

I phoned all of the funeral firms in my area. I took the approach that I'm helping to solve their problem of having to scramble to find a piper last minute.

Cheers
Ross

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Forum: Technique & Instrument 08-24-2018, 06:03 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,190
Posted By Potsdam
Re: Bass drones: world's observation.

That's interesting. Usually folks do the opposite (cane bass and synthetic tenors).
Brett, do you happen to know what brand of drone Mr Parkes plays? I feel like I read somewhere that the band...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 08-24-2018, 05:11 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,190
Posted By Potsdam
Bass drones: World's observation

Hey everyone,
Every year that I watch the Grade 1 portion of thr worlds I'm always blown away by the bass drone tone of the top bands.
There is a different quality to the sound: a definition or...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 08-24-2018, 04:57 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 794
Posted By Potsdam
Re: Reconditioning pipes

I'm starting the process of rejuvinating a not-often-played instrument.

Just got done the oiling roubd.
I tend to lay the oil on and then let it sit and soak.
I prioritize the bore and whatever...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 08-19-2018, 09:31 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 794
Posted By Potsdam
Re: Reconditioning pipes

Make sure to give them a good oiling. This will rehydrate the wood and help coax it back to its best shape. It will also create a water barrier which will aid the wood as it starts to re-acclimate...
Forum: Beer Tent 08-19-2018, 01:06 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,058
Posted By Potsdam
Re: Chanters & Pitch @ 2018 World Pipe Band Championships

Just got word from a friend playing in Cap Caval...they were playing MacCallums this year.

Cheers
Ross

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Forum: Beer Tent 08-18-2018, 11:04 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,058
Posted By Potsdam
Re: Chanters & Pitch @ 2018 World Pipe Band Championships

Johnson is playing the new MacCallum Ceol chanter and historically SLOT plays David Chesney's chanter.

Cheers
Ross

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Forum: Technique & Instrument 07-16-2018, 07:58 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,213
Posted By Potsdam
Re: Bb chanter tuning?

A couple of key points.

Most Bb chanters work best with a Bb reed. You can muscle a Bb chanter down near 466 with a standard reed but the whole set up isn't as well behaved.

As Patrick and...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 06-19-2018, 08:41 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,308
Posted By Potsdam
Re: G1 reeds in Shepherd chanter

I find that many chanters, no matter how well set up, have flat Bs. A friend of mine who pipe majors a grade 3 band pointed it out and had a pet theory that it was due to climate differences between...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 05-13-2018, 07:30 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,026
Posted By Potsdam
Re: Reed never stabilizes

Moisture can cause make a reed more pliable which will cause it to go sharper. (Before saturation the reed and causing it to go flat)

A few questions:
1) Where do you practice? If you're in a...
Forum: Beer Tent 05-13-2018, 02:37 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 12,327
Posted By Potsdam
Re: Well-known pipers who play easy reeds?

A few things:
1) Band reeds and solo reeds have different expectations.
The thicker the cane the more stable the reed. Band issue reeds are usually a bit tougher to help minimize wandering tuning....
Forum: Technique & Instrument 01-28-2018, 03:59 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,126
Posted By Potsdam
Re: Practice Chanters - poor tuning

There seems to be two factors being discussed here.

First is intonation:
That will have a drastic affect on pur assessment of the tone of the instrument. Many chanter/reed combinations need a...
Forum: Music 05-23-2017, 05:42 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,262
Posted By Potsdam
Re: Charlies Welcome

There's also a swell setting by Duncan Johnstone in Scott MacAuley's book. I'm pretty sure this is the setting that Field Marshall uses.

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Forum: Piobaireachd 01-15-2017, 01:06 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 7,572
Posted By Potsdam
Re: Piobaireachds similar to the sound of "The MacGregor's Salute"

I'd recommend either 'Battle of the Pass of Crieff' or 'Too Long in this Condition.'

Battle...of Crieff has a full compliment of variations (including a potential taorluath a mach based on how...
Forum: Beer Tent 07-07-2016, 04:39 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 669
Posted By Potsdam
Re: Cost of transporting drums

Many bands in Ontario basenitnoff of what flight they take. Air transat has no luggage constraints and is a popular choice because of that. Air Canada charges a bitnof overage but I think its...
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 07-07-2016, 06:29 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,489
Posted By Potsdam
Re: pipes sounding off

"Follow the air."

Doesn't have the same ring as a prosecuter saying "follow the money" in a TV crime drama...but it is very apt for maintenance.

Cheers
Ross
Forum: Beer Tent 07-07-2016, 06:24 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,560
Posted By Potsdam
Re: Drums needed?

What sort of drumming are yountalking about? Are the bands that you are listening to playing a full score along with the pipers?

In Ontario most drum corps just add a few rolls/swells in at the...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 07-07-2016, 06:22 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,058
Posted By Potsdam
Re: Flat High "A"

In my mind you have a few options. All are very contextual and may or may not work in your given position.

First, I'd sink the reed into the reed seat. Yes, it will sharpen all of the notes a...
Forum: Music 07-03-2016, 01:03 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 6,103
Posted By Potsdam
Re: Simultaneous 6/8s

What 4 tunes were you thinking?
Forum: Technique & Instrument 07-02-2016, 03:38 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,004
Posted By Potsdam
Re: 440 Chanter

We do something similar with nomenclature in the Uilleann pipe world. Any chanter tuned to D as a root note is referred to as a "concert set" or plays in "concert pitch." (Most Irish trad music is...
Forum: Music 07-01-2016, 09:54 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 995
Posted By Potsdam
Re: Help with a tune name

Just went looking...it is Charlie Lennons. Terry Tully book 2.

Cheers
Ross
Forum: Music 07-01-2016, 08:04 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 995
Posted By Potsdam
Re: Help with a tune name

Sounds like Charlie Lennons jig.
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