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Forum: Technique & Instrument 05-26-2020, 10:49 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,226
Posted By CalumII
Re: Ridge or straight cut, which to you prefer?

Andrew has provided a very helpful visual guide here: (scroll down)

Forum: Technique & Instrument 05-24-2020, 03:25 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 464
Posted By CalumII
Re: Tuning chamber concern

It's normal, not deleterious, and doesn't need fixing urgently.

A pipemaker can easily ream them back to cylinders, but I wouldn't worry about it until they're in for something else or it...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 05-23-2020, 03:32 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 914
Posted By CalumII
Re: Impossible birls on Peter Henderson plastic chanter

Trouble with baby powder is getting hold of the babies. Mothers can be surprisingly fierce.
Forum: Music 05-23-2020, 11:34 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 404
Posted By CalumII
Re: Composition methodology

I tend to compose with practice chanter and piece of paper. I don't write the tune out in detail, just melody notes and only necessary gracenotes, or things like a ~ sign for an ornament. Like most...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 05-23-2020, 11:27 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 357
Posted By CalumII
Re: Play test & Review Maverick Practice Chanter

It's just sheets of veneer, dyed and glued up and then cut into turning blanks. No idea if he's doing it himself or buying it in from a commercial supplier. Easy enough to do though.
Forum: Technique & Instrument 05-20-2020, 04:10 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 433
Posted By CalumII
Re: Experience with Hamish Moore highlands...?

They are copies of a set of pipes called the "black set of Kintail", a historic set that happens to be pitched around modern A.

A quick google isn't very informative as it conflicts with the...
Forum: Beer Tent 05-18-2020, 04:27 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,175
Posted By CalumII
Re: Worst Advice Ever?

Big if, there. I don't know you or your standard of play, but I do know the people you're talking to.
Forum: Music 05-17-2020, 10:33 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 313
Posted By CalumII
Re: Old Embellishment

I'm not aware of any evidence that the grip was, apart from the second low A, ever played substantially differently to how we do now. Both Joseph MacDonald and Glen, the only two tutors who go into...
Forum: Music 05-17-2020, 10:27 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 292
Posted By CalumII
Re: The Braes of killiecrankie

It's in Scots Guards 1 and the Seaforths (the green book).
Forum: Music 05-17-2020, 08:35 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 313
Posted By CalumII
Re: Old Embellishment

Yep. You'll also often see the second low G written as a low A. Just substitute a modern grip.
Forum: Beer Tent 05-15-2020, 12:49 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 750
Posted By CalumII
Re: Respiratory droplets aerosolized pushed out the drones?

Very much this.

My understanding is coronavirus is transmitted only in "heavy" droplets that essentially have to be projected from one person to another, and that they don't hang around in...
Forum: Beer Tent 05-15-2020, 03:39 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,175
Posted By CalumII
Re: Worst Advice Ever?

This is perfectly sound advice, but it does need to be properly qualified. The question is what it is that actually creates proper pulsation in technique.
Forum: Music 05-13-2020, 07:39 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 202
Posted By CalumII
May (approximately) monthly composition thread

This week's thread was inspired by Reddit user /u/stac52 who in the middle of a discussion of the bubbly note came up with this excellent tune title:

"The Road To El Darodo"

The spelling...
Forum: Music 05-12-2020, 03:39 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 481
Posted By CalumII
Re: Tune ID help

Hah, that'll be why I recognised it then - it's in my tunebook on there!
Forum: Beer Tent 05-12-2020, 03:35 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,175
Posted By CalumII
Re: Worst Advice Ever?

I've heard many variations of this story, so shall name no names, but a certain piper of very high profile in the early days of the summer school movement went out to give a workshop to a certain...
Forum: Music 05-10-2020, 05:02 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 481
Posted By CalumII
Re: Tune ID help

This track:


I recognise it, but no idea why. Sounds like an Allan MacDonald tune, though not one I know.
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 05-09-2020, 08:16 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,662
Posted By CalumII
Re: Perceptions on horse hair

It depends. Some organisations have quite specific rules about dress, including headgear, but most don't. Offhand, in Scotland I can't think of any that lay down rules beyond "day dress" or "black...
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 05-08-2020, 08:52 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 720
Posted By CalumII
Re: War Office Order 1854

Ach, well, Colonel, I've always permitted the pipers to wear pretty much what they pleased, after all the music's the thing, isn't it?
Forum: Webmaster & Software 05-08-2020, 02:20 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,314
Posted By CalumII
Re: Choice of pipe music engraving software?

The mandolin.net service was simply a frontend to abcm2ps and some image conversion and manipulation tools. It should be easy enough to download the software and roll your own.
Forum: Webmaster & Software 05-08-2020, 02:16 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 208
Posted By CalumII
Re: Notation to ABC

PDF is just an image format in document form. There are systems for OCRing notation but you pay for what you get.

For other formats, generally the easiest approach is to go through...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 05-08-2020, 07:42 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 802
Posted By CalumII
Re: Small Pipe Chanter Reed

You don't really have to do that with smallpipe reeds as that is what the metal bridle is for. GHB reeds are quite unusual as these things go for not having a bridle.
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 05-06-2020, 06:17 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 211
Posted By CalumII
Re: Playing Gaita and singing at the same time?

The bags are pretty similar, a little smaller generally than ours. They are low pressure instruments and use very little air so you can keep a full bag going without blowing for a fairly long time.
Forum: Beer Tent 05-06-2020, 06:08 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 491
Posted By CalumII
Re: Hi All

Fit like, stranger. Havena seen you aoot these parts since the days o the Pipe Band Chicken, may he rest in pieces.
Forum: Technique & Instrument 05-06-2020, 10:01 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 418
Posted By CalumII
Re: Sinuses getting fatigued.

Once you lift the muscle that closes the sinus, air pressure should keep it there without any further effort, or at least with minimal effort.

Maybe trying to figure out how to engage them...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 05-05-2020, 02:20 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 749
Posted By CalumII
Re: Older MCC2 chanter playing flat?

Mine is quite happy around 476-478 with a MacPhee - I suspect if it's gone way flat at that age the throat may have closed up a little and asking MacCallum to ream the throat back to size might be...
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