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Forum: Beer Tent 01-13-2020, 11:16 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,768
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Predictions for the Next Decade

Amen. Somewhere on my bucket list is the idea of taking a pipe band onto the field with the chanters well-tuned at 466, and the drums pitched to match.

The Great Pitch Chase will never end until...
Forum: Beer Tent 01-13-2020, 11:13 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,768
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Predictions for the Next Decade

The shortest-possible-version: psychoacoustics. The brain tends to perceive the higher, less-harmonically-complex chanter sound as "brighter" and "clearer." As long as bands keep getting rewarded for...
Forum: Beer Tent 01-13-2020, 11:07 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,405
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: I LOVE my bagpipes

Yes! I'm glad someone else documented this phenomenon so eloquently :). I've experienced the same thing, and I think it's a positive feedback loop: an instrument that makes a sound that really makes...
Forum: Beer Tent 01-13-2020, 10:52 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,405
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: I LOVE my bagpipes

I'm a curmudgeon about bagpipe sound. I don't want to own or play on a set whose sound I DON'T love. I'm also a vintage bagpipe geek, which means that in order to keep an old set in active use, I'm...
Forum: Beer Tent 01-13-2020, 10:32 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 5,025
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: I hate my bagpipes

I've never owned a set that I hated. I had a good teacher, so my first set was chosen for me by someone who knew what they were doing. I played that instrument for 20 years, and could still be...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 01-13-2020, 10:13 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,128
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Unique Pipes

I suspect that they're either a modern set, or an old set that's been remounted.
Forum: Beer Tent 12-30-2019, 10:47 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,576
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: PM on the rampage!

Leave, and find a band that isn't run by an arsehole.

I've been a P/M in two different organizations, for a total of about a dozen years. I can count on one hand the number of times I've ever...
Forum: Beer Tent 12-30-2019, 10:36 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 606
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Reed recommendation

Shepherd (molded) go well in my blackwood MacLellan.
Forum: Beer Tent 12-30-2019, 10:35 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,380
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Bagpipes in a silent decline?

Probably depends on where you live. In my region (US, mid-Atlantic), there are fewer bands than there were 30 years ago, but the ones that continue are bigger and play at a higher standard. Several...
Forum: Do It Yourself (DIY) 12-30-2019, 10:22 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,059
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Drilling C Nat Hole?

Exactly. No note is "false" if it's in-tune... I hate that too many musically-illiterate GHB players use that term to describe F-naturals and C-naturals. There's nothing "false" or "wrong" about...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 12-30-2019, 10:11 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 633
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Drone Reed Assistance

My b-flat setup is Maclellan drones with ezeedrone long reeds. Plays very comfortably at 466hz without extenders or having to weigh down the tongues (although that technique works just fine). Just an...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 12-30-2019, 10:06 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 583
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Tuning

The ratio of the frequencies of two notes that are an octave apart is 2:1. So, if your low-A is (for the sake of simple math) at 440hz, your hi-A would be at 880hz.

As others of have said, how...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 12-30-2019, 09:53 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 280
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Anyone familiar with Mouthblown Maclellan studio pipes

What does Roddy MacLellan recommend? I've heard several sets of these; they're about as good as it gets for mouth-blown smallpipes.
Forum: Beer Tent 12-20-2019, 11:08 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 5,635
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Forum activity levels

Not true... the New Mos Eisley is called "Twitter." :):)
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 12-20-2019, 10:48 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,285
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Dunfion Smallpipe Chanter/reed

Nate Banton has posted some videos about reed manipulation that are very helpful. If the reed sounds harsh and is taking too much air, it might benefit from being closed down a little.This can be...
Forum: Beer Tent 11-25-2019, 09:49 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,479
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Glenfiddich Tempos

The way the dance music is played, even at the highest levels of competition, isn't really "danceable." Again, it comes down to what the judges reward. Any of the competitors at that level are...
Forum: Beer Tent 11-22-2019, 10:01 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,479
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Glenfiddich Tempos

Yes, competition playing is a style unto itself. It has its own reason for existing that is separate and distinct from military playing, playing for dancers, folk playing, and so forth. Judges are...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 11-22-2019, 09:50 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,674
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Bagpipe Humidification

I live not far from you. Get a hygrometer. If the humidity in your house is above 45% or so, I wouldn't worry about it. If it's not (mine gets down to ~30% in the winter, but I have gas heat), you...
Forum: Beer Tent 11-18-2019, 12:20 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 635
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Competition for Scotland Gr4 solo

Right. You can "go around to the Games" and compete in events that don't adhere to CPA grading... but be aware that they are "open" competitions, in the sense that anyone can enter and play. They are...
Forum: Pipe Bands 11-12-2019, 12:53 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,946
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Rehearsal "activities"

Missed starts and stops are something that drives me CRAZY, but there's a limit to how much time you can spend on it at practice. Depending on the level of the band, that may be something you can...
Forum: Beer Tent 11-12-2019, 12:35 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,149
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Glenfiddich pipes and chanter makes?

I don't think professional-level solo competitors are worrying about a given number. I think they do mostly want to stay within the same general range where their peers are pitching. They don't want...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 11-12-2019, 12:25 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,947
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: How many sets do you 'run' at a time?

Yup, that's how it works for me. I don't want to own more sets than I have time to play. I'd also prefer not to switch between instruments any more often than I need to. I really, really like my #1...
Forum: Beer Tent 11-05-2019, 11:43 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,201
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Kilts and proper kilts, Oy vey ist meir....

When you perform, your appearance isn't for you, it's for the audience. Give them what they want, and/or what they're paying for. If you're competing in a pipe band, that'll be one thing, if you're...
Forum: Beer Tent 11-05-2019, 11:35 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,149
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Glenfiddich pipes and chanter makes?

Some players have opted for modern instruments because of the craziness surrounding travel with ivory. Some are involved in designing/making modern instruments, and some have endorsement deals. Some...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 11-05-2019, 11:30 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,947
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: How many sets do you 'run' at a time?

#1 - Played in competition and for indoor and good-weather gigs. Unfortunately, has ivory on it, and thus can't travel outside of the country.

#2 - Played in competition/gigs outside the US. It's...
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