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Forum: Technique & Instrument 01-11-2021, 02:31 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,037
Posted By Greenpipe
Re: Bass reeds and tuning

If my bass starts wandering and I can't find an obvious reason, I swab the interior with bore oil. That usually steadies it up.
Forum: Technique & Instrument 01-09-2021, 07:21 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 357
Posted By Greenpipe
Re: Ross MCS in Bannatyne Sm/Extended Sm Bag?

I have a Bannatyne extended small on one set of pipes, and a WMcC on the other (my band pipes). The difference is small but to me, significant. I find that the extended small is more comfortable for...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 01-01-2021, 11:45 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 806
Posted By Greenpipe
Re: Squeezing w/Shoulder & Back

Look up a You Tube of the great Donald MacPhearson playing. No strain, no puffed cheeks, no hunched shoulder, no pumping - his arm doesn't even seem to move. He blows 1, 2, 3, 4, breathe, repeat. Now...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 12-27-2020, 07:02 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 806
Posted By Greenpipe
Re: Squeezing w/Shoulder & Back

My P/M, a grade 1 player, pushes for shorter blowing periods with quick breaths between to lessen the time "on the arm"; the arm thereore moves very little. One blows through longer notes especially...
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 12-08-2020, 06:59 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 808
Posted By Greenpipe
Re: Paramilitary protocol

In the military band I play in, all members wear their rank insignia on their sleeves, rings above the cuff and chevrons on the upper arm. The pipe major is an officer so he wears the PM's 4 upside...
Forum: Beer Tent 12-07-2020, 02:04 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,374
Posted By Greenpipe
Re: Roddy MacLeod launches “Hebridean” range of Pipes

I have a set of "middle man" pipes from Jim McGillivray, copies of button mount 1890s J.&.R. Glens. Essentially Jim commissioned them, provided the originals to be measured, and, I assume, did what...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 11-19-2020, 03:22 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 692
Posted By Greenpipe
Re: Question on Hardies....

My first set of pipes were Hardies, purchased in London in 1980. The bass drone was very difficult to get in order - motor-boating under most conditions and reeds. And in those days cane was all...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 11-12-2020, 01:51 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 711
Posted By Greenpipe
Re: Cleaning abw chanter...

Apart from the smell, varsol is good.
Forum: Beer Tent 11-12-2020, 01:49 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,761
Posted By Greenpipe
Re: Polyester thread replacing hemp?

I have for years used waxed,coarse (relatively) dental floss on blowpipes and chanters with good results. When wet, there is tiny degree of swelling but never enough to make removal difficult. On one...
Forum: Beer Tent 11-06-2020, 11:27 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,963
Posted By Greenpipe
Re: The GPB (Great Pakistani Bagpipes)

As a matter of interest, in 1946 my grandfather went to the Near East to visit his sister and brother in law. They lived in Damascas. What has happened to the Near East since? It seems to have...
Forum: Beer Tent 09-25-2020, 06:50 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,552
Posted By Greenpipe
Re: Wrong-footed

Thanks Andrew. From the dates I see it is when I was away. I could have never forgotten that thread had I read it!
Forum: Beer Tent 09-24-2020, 11:12 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,552
Posted By Greenpipe
Re: Wrong-footed

It's interesting that some 4/4 tunes have a one beat e, then a pick-up, e.g. Battle of Waterloo, Rowan Tree, or the 6/8 Irish Guards Welcome to Toronto. No one seems to get wet undies over them. I...
Forum: Beer Tent 09-24-2020, 06:26 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,552
Posted By Greenpipe
Wrong-footed

I'm sure this has been hashed over somewhere here before, but I'll ask anyway. How did it happen that 3/4 marches all seem to start on the wrong foot, i.e. without the 1 beat pickup? When one...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 09-20-2020, 06:38 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,680
Posted By Greenpipe
Re: Is Your Main Chanter ABW or Polypenco?

How about band chanter is plastic and personal chanter (in different pipes) is blackwood?
Forum: Technique & Instrument 09-10-2020, 06:51 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 914
Posted By Greenpipe
Re: Tape for drone reed tongues

A wee drop of fingernail polish would do the trick. And you can add more if needed or remove with polish remover.
Forum: Technique & Instrument 08-27-2020, 06:50 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,437
Posted By Greenpipe
Re: 2020 setup?

Band:
2013 J&R Glen repro pipes, Selbie drone reeds. Drone reeds for band vary according to the individual pipes.

Whole band moving to Lee zip goatskin bags with Bannatyne dri-flo system...
Forum: Beer Tent 08-23-2020, 06:40 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,557
Posted By Greenpipe
Re: Drone Flags

Question

The banners are about 18" X 14" (US), but the edge tied to the drone angles in at the bottom so that the banner's design is seen to be more vertical, the top of the design being at the...
Forum: Beer Tent 08-22-2020, 09:49 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,557
Posted By Greenpipe
Re: Drone Flags

It's about .025 of a metric ton.
Forum: Beer Tent 08-22-2020, 07:24 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,557
Posted By Greenpipe
Re: Drone Flags

Ah, El Gaitero.
First of all, the squadron has to decide to have and pay for a banner. The PM then arranges for the banner to be made with the squadron's insgnia on it. The banners are kept in the...
Forum: Beer Tent 08-21-2020, 02:29 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,058
Posted By Greenpipe
Re: Your favourite Worlds losses

I heard Victoria Police at the Worlds in 1997 and thought they'd won it. They came third and more than just I were surprised.
A cracking performance.
Forum: Beer Tent 08-21-2020, 06:43 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,557
Posted By Greenpipe
Re: Drone Flags

I am in a RCAF pipe band. On the base, most of the individual squadrons have a banner, and they are attached for ceremonial (full dress) parades, the appropriate one for a squadron event, all for a...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 07-27-2020, 07:47 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 685
Posted By Greenpipe
Re: Question on silver...

When I ordered from an American maker a set of half silver pipes in 2005 I had to specify that each piece be hallmarked. It was done by laser and the marks are very small.
Forum: Beer Tent 07-13-2020, 05:32 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,268
Posted By Greenpipe
Re: Best Bagpipe for Beginners or Pros

Well, all I can say is that I bought a rosewood practice chanter for around 10 shillings, with a book, in 1955. It still looks just as good as it did the day I bought it, except that the aluminum...
Forum: Beer Tent 07-10-2020, 05:43 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 542
Posted By Greenpipe
Re: Practice Chanter Wooden Mouthpiece

I have a Lawrie ReGaL pc, all wood with celluloid bottom plate, from the late 1920s, which I use all the time. Fine instrument. The mouthpiece end is lightly chewed. It came from my uncle who got it...
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 06-22-2020, 06:58 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,552
Posted By Greenpipe
Re: Funeral music in North America

I think you are correct, Erracht, about the origins of the lament for the Canadian Forces, that it was written for a competition in 2000 and was the winner. It was made the go to tune for the Forces,...
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