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Forum: Technique & Instrument 02-19-2019, 05:21 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 556
Posted By Chris C.
Re: 2019 setup, changes?

Experimented a couple weeks ago with home-cut plastic tongues for a spare set of SM90's, just as a lark.

Sounded great.

Sucked tons of air.

Next.
Forum: Beer Tent 02-18-2019, 08:53 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,006
Posted By Chris C.
Re: Another Odd Duck Music Question...

Happens all the time, with rock songs and piping tunes, depending on which instrument I'm playing the most that day. I think it happens to a lot of musicians.
Forum: Technique & Instrument 02-16-2019, 11:53 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,860
Posted By Chris C.
Re: Polyester thread instead of hemp = game changer!

If it works and you like it, why change to something different?

A lot of it comes down to care and maintenance.

I went back to all waxed hemp after some years using Teflon tape as well.

The...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 01-25-2019, 04:19 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 462
Posted By Chris C.
Re: Squealing/Double-Toning Low A

As the others have intimated, even a tiny bit of 'offness' in the fingers can do weird things with certain notes. I have to watch myself when I go from one chanter to the other (holes are spaced just...
Forum: Beer Tent 01-23-2019, 08:58 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 611
Posted By Chris C.
Re: RG Hardie contact details

Good luck hearing back from them.

I sent an email via their website inquiring about their chanters.

Still waiting for an answer, almost a year later.

What an awesome way to run a business.
Forum: Technique & Instrument 01-18-2019, 05:15 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,990
Posted By Chris C.
Re: Drone reeds "double toning"?

The middle drone reed always seems to be a tricky one, for some reason. I still have issues with mine, no matter which reed I use. I've been thinking about going back to cane for the middle one. I...
Forum: Beer Tent 12-19-2018, 08:33 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,424
Posted By Chris C.
Re: On competition - is music a sport

Competition turns anything into a type of sport.

As for piping, the competition angle is invigorating in a way -- as it makes you want to improve, and adds a bit of zest to Highland Games. Without...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 12-14-2018, 11:23 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,404
Posted By Chris C.
Re: Modern Brakes on Tempo

I keep remembering what my teacher and PM Angus Ironside used to always tell us: "Make it sing!"

Every time I play, whether practicing, or for others, that mantra keeps ringing in my ears.

He...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 12-14-2018, 10:53 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,966
Posted By Chris C.
Re: Opinion on '90s(?) Hardies?

The bottom bass bore on my 1981 Lawries is 9mm. I guess that is .35 inches (maybe .34 as I do not have a micrometer that measures inside dimensions) so I guess in the early 80's Lawrie at least were...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 12-04-2018, 06:54 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,529
Posted By Chris C.
Re: Flat E on RJM Chanter

I had a flat E with a synth chanter reed and taping low A, sinking the reed, etc. helped. The E is not noticeably flat anymore. I sort of discovered the thing by accident, as Low A seemed a bit off....
Forum: Technique & Instrument 12-01-2018, 07:49 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,966
Posted By Chris C.
Re: Opinion on '90s(?) Hardies?

I have some Wygents. They were OK reeds, but the bodies would swell from moisture and still cut off after a while. I prefer all plastic for that reason.

RE: the Hardies: the Hardie chanter itself...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 11-28-2018, 11:41 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,966
Posted By Chris C.
Re: Opinion on '90s(?) Hardies?

I was in a band in the 80's and a few of them played early 80's vintage Hardies and I do not recall anyone having problems with reeding at the time.

Not, as for modern reeds, perhaps that might be...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 11-24-2018, 02:04 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 840
Posted By Chris C.
Re: What's new in bore oil?

I just use whatever clarinet or woodwind bore oil is available at the local music supply shop. It's the same type of oil I've used since 1984 or so, when I first started using bore oil. I haven't...
Forum: Music 11-21-2018, 07:19 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 587
Posted By Chris C.
Re: Skye Boat Song - Scots Guards Error?

I learned it in 1980. The way you describe it. Obviously the Scots Guards setting, or a similar one. I don't think it's a mistake. I've heard many recordings of it on the pipes where the two notes...
Forum: Beer Tent 11-14-2018, 10:16 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,553
Posted By Chris C.
Re: When The Battle's Over - 0600

I played Battle of the Somme and Bloody Fields of Flanders at 1100 local on Armistice Day, out in the driveway. I thought about hitting the local veterans' memorial but my playing wasn't up to snuff...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 10-17-2018, 10:43 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,678
Posted By Chris C.
Re: Practice Chanters - tuned to A or Bb?

I have the high-G's on two of my three Practice Chanters taped to flatten them to a more correct pitch.

On one of them the same hank of Scotch tape has been there for probably more than a decade.
Forum: Technique & Instrument 10-06-2018, 12:39 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,612
Posted By Chris C.
Re: Dumb Question: Drones vs. Chanter Reed Strength

For what it's worth, after some experimentation I have been able to get the middle drone to calm down. It doesn't double tone, and when I play the pipes the bag feels 'tighter', i.e. the reeds...
Forum: Beer Tent 10-01-2018, 10:34 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,259
Posted By Chris C.
Re: Piper's Pinkie

I haven't had the complaints mentioned, but I have had tendonitis in my wrist before, and some over-the-counter creams seem to have helped when I had the issue; adequate hydration and probably some...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 09-22-2018, 07:50 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,085
Posted By Chris C.
Re: Shouldn't there be threads??

I think the hemp used can make a difference. The flossy-like plastic version of hemp may not secure the reed to the seat as well as natural, waxed hemp.

But then, my only experience is with ABW...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 09-14-2018, 03:02 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,612
Posted By Chris C.
Re: Dumb Question: Drones vs. Chanter Reed Strength

Thank you all for your kind input.

I will keep working with the drones and see if I can improve it.

I may try a different brand of drone reeds also.

I know some of it is arm steadiness......
Forum: Technique & Instrument 09-14-2018, 04:22 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,612
Posted By Chris C.
Dumb Question: Drones vs. Chanter Reed Strength

Recently, after a two month layoff on the pipes due to an eye issue, I restarted playing again. I used a super easy reed.

Playing wise, it sounded OK. I had re-started pipes over a year ago (after...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 09-14-2018, 03:20 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,145
Posted By Chris C.
Re: Tenor Drone all of a sudden won't tune

Very helpful post, and thread.

Would explain a few things in my own pipes.

Perhaps it's time to re-tongue an SM90 or two.... :)
Forum: Beer Tent 09-07-2018, 08:58 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,277
Posted By Chris C.
Re: Ear protection recommendations for the band circle

In a pinch, small wads of cotton, wet under hot water, will protect your ears.

It usually will stay in place, and reduce the noise level. Cotton is cheap enough.

I used it religiously when in a...
Forum: Beer Tent 07-23-2018, 09:23 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,508
Posted By Chris C.
Re: Bagpipe Lung

Mold in bags? I suppose that is why the seasoning I use has a safe disinfectant in it. Maybe this piper's lung thing is mostly in more humid climates...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 07-09-2018, 12:07 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 429
Posted By Chris C.
Re: Newer R.G. Hardie chanter?

I'm also curious about the new Hardie chanters.
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