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Forum: Pipe Bands 06-19-2020, 07:22 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 637
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: Pipe Band Tuning

And, they need to learn to do the adjustments themselves.[/QUOTE]

That was my gripe in the lower amateur solo grades when I competed, competitors who always showed up with their instructor to tune...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 06-15-2020, 07:35 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,125
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: Imitation ivory and UV.

I have two sets, Kintail and Dunbar, with imitation ivory, both played a lot outside, and here in Texas the sun is brutal (when I was a boy there were seldom any out-of-state visitors between Easter...
Forum: Pipe Bands 06-14-2020, 08:34 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 637
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: Pipe Band Tuning

Our band tunes to our pipe sergeant, and as our pipers are very experienced tuning time is very short. At home, I check my chanter periodically with my tuner to make sure I am matching band pitch. ...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 06-14-2020, 08:25 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 847
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: Fagerstrom HG Stinking

I am wondering if the comment about the GHB setting on the Blair chanter was made when the piper used earbuds? My experience was the same when I was using earbuds, the GHB setting on my Blair...
Forum: Beer Tent 06-14-2020, 08:18 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,764
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: Kintail gone or not?

Interesting that Mark Wygent's name came up in this thread, he played a lovely Kintail set, outstanding tone. His drone reeds also went very well with Kintail.

Cheers -

Wes
Forum: Beer Tent 06-10-2020, 07:32 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,764
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: Kintail gone or not?

"If any can find a set of older Kintails... under Greig's hand... get them... if you can..."

I'd advise examining them carefully and playing them first! When Greig Sharp turned out a good set, it...
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 06-06-2020, 07:57 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,439
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: Funeral music in North America

Well, he is discussing funeral music! :roflmao:
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 06-05-2020, 08:25 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,439
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: Funeral music in North America

An excellent treatise, Barry. To add a bit of history, the Synod of Argyll was condemning the Gaelic practice of keening in 1642:

"Because it is a commoun custome in some of the remottest pairts...
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 06-02-2020, 07:08 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 446
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: Macrimmon shall never return author

The tune was originally called Cha Till Mi Tuille - I Will Not Return. Sir Walter Scott renamed and attributed it to Donald Ban MacCrimmon, and published some English verse about it, which was...
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 05-07-2020, 07:27 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 955
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: War Office Order 1854

The late David Murray covers the dress of the pipers in the Scottish regiments, both Highland and Lowland, in his seminal work "Music of the Scottish Regiments" published in 1994 and republished in...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 05-05-2020, 09:14 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 990
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: Older MCC2 chanter playing flat?

I too bought an ABW McCallum McC2 chanter shortly after they came out, I understood at the time that it was designed to pitch optimally between 474 - 476 Hz and sure enough with a Macphee reed found...
Forum: Music 04-16-2020, 07:05 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,675
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: Cock O' the North by P.M. D. Smith 1917

What pipe band did D. A. Smith serve as PM?

Cheers -

Wes
Forum: Technique & Instrument 04-01-2020, 01:02 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 521
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: 100% Cane Pipe Bag!

You're too young to know, but bad bagpipes were the order of the day back when there was only cane. Cane bags may be a way of bringing this back! :willy:

Cheers -

Wes
Forum: Beer Tent 04-01-2020, 01:00 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 6,055
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: Best sounding bagpipes you’ve heard?

Nowadays a lot of folks have good sounding bagpipes due to the widespread use of synthetic drone reeds. Back in the day when there were only cane drone reeds, there were a host of horrid sounding...
Forum: Beer Tent 03-29-2020, 09:35 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 312
Posted By Texas Gael
Sound File Sharing Help

With the corona-virus shut down I've been doing quite a bit of practice and want to do some more recording, especially as I am getting a lot more tunes on the pipe that I got from instructors over...
Forum: Music 03-27-2020, 09:54 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 724
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: Heroes of Mull?

I did some research on the internet and found that this Heroes of Mull thing is a scam. In 1971, someone in India put out an album entitled Indian Suite/Scottish Suite Songs in which they re-titled...
Forum: Music 03-25-2020, 07:14 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 724
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: Heroes of Mull?

The video claiming to be " Camp Lazlo APM Music - The Heroes of Mull" plays the tunes Glendaruel Highlanders and Dovecote Park, there is no Heroes of Mull. But then, the notes to the video claim...
Forum: Beer Tent 03-18-2020, 07:02 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,251
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: Favourite chanter pitch

Yes, I mis-typed, too early without coffee!
Forum: Beer Tent 03-17-2020, 07:46 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,251
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: Favourite chanter pitch

Had an interesting experience leading up to a St Patrick's concert performed for the public on March 14. Our band (competition Grade IV) was invited to play with a local Fire Dept pipe band. I...
Forum: Beer Tent 03-16-2020, 07:00 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,532
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: Alternative bagpipe mounts

Yes, IIRC Grieg Sharpe had a chalice top set mounted with jade as his personal set, very lovely.

Cheers -

Wes
Forum: Beer Tent 03-15-2020, 08:16 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,532
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: Alternative bagpipe mounts

My first set was a 1982 KB-3 with imitation ivory mounts that looked really good, could be mistaken for real ivory. I don't know of any other maker at the time who was offering such a grand...
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 03-07-2020, 07:28 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,701
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: Funeral piping for presidents and prime ministers

There is a street band PM Piper909 knows who used to do things like that.

Cheers -

Wes
Forum: Technique & Instrument 02-28-2020, 07:29 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,687
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: drone reed price rise

The first link advertises $45 a month until paid off. If you cut back on your Starbucks habit, you should be able to afford these. LOL!:whistle:
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 02-26-2020, 07:16 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,235
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: Tuning d on chanter

I remember those days well, tape on the chanter was unheard of. I also remember my shock in the late 1990s at seeing Bill Livingstone's chanter with almost every hole taped, thinking (foolishly)...
Forum: Beer Tent 02-23-2020, 05:44 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,260
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: Bagpipe Backlash - McDonald's restaurant

Is there any other instrument out there that attracts folks who simply want to dress up and make noise in public, passing themselves off as "tradition"? I know a lot of folks who play guitar and...
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