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Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 03-15-2018, 12:07 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 690
Posted By snowbear
Re: Borderpipes repair

Thanks for the replies.
I am currently located near Scotland, but dont have the time to travel before summer.

I will have a look at the suggestions.
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 02-27-2018, 02:07 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 690
Posted By snowbear
Borderpipes repair


After playing highland pipes for quite a few years, I got a set of Fred Morrison Reelpipes to play along with other instruments. As I progressed on these pipes, I noticed something looked a...
Forum: Beer Tent 04-09-2015, 12:47 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,974
Posted By snowbear
Re: Kitchen Pipes

I had a similar pipe once. It really was fun to play in front of the telly or whenever I felt like it. They were easy to play and required little or no tuning. To me, they gave a boost in practice...
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 01-22-2015, 11:46 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,534
Posted By snowbear
Re: Cleaning bagpipes process

Have a look at this:
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 01-13-2015, 10:28 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 7,497
Posted By snowbear
Re: My options on 1st pipes

I would have bought a new set of pipes. Keep in mind the warranty. Some offer a 5 year warranty (and I believe you get a pipe-case for free).
Used pipes can be good, but I'd stay away from plastic...
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 01-03-2015, 02:00 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 4,849
Posted By snowbear
Re: Rising Left Shoulder

I've experienced a few pipers with the same problem. Most of them got rid of this problem fairly easy by using an easier reed.
I know some pipe bands love the hard reeds, but it's simpler (and...
Forum: Beer Tent 11-27-2014, 05:00 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,431
Posted By snowbear
Re: First Timer Practice Chanter

I went straight for a wooden practice chanter. I played guitar for years before picking up the pipes and was certain to be continuing on the pipes. My reason to pick a wooden one was the feel to it...
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 11-21-2014, 03:16 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,915
Posted By snowbear
Re: endurance on the pipes

Play slow easy tunes (perhaps only a single note) in front of a large mirror. Check your own posture to make sure you play calm and efficient. When you get too exhausted to keep a good playing...
Forum: Beer Tent 11-21-2014, 03:07 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,013
Posted By snowbear
Re: Recruiting

You could always have a few pipers and drummers walking trough town playing, while the rest hands out cards/flyers/etc. to inform them all who you are and what you are doing.
This might work, since...
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 10-21-2014, 02:24 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,687
Posted By snowbear
Re: Reading Music.

When I started out practicing the scale, I memorized how each note sounded on the chanter. That way I can now see a note written and imagine the sound it represents. As far as the note values, it's...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 09-08-2014, 08:15 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,357
Posted By snowbear
Re: Border Pipes

I started out wanting a smallpipe until I tried Fred Morrisons Reelpipe. Playing Piobaieeachd on them was great. Not very loud, but still gave me the right sound. I still prefer my GHB, but often...
Forum: Beer Tent 09-08-2014, 08:05 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,713
Posted By snowbear
Re: Unfortunate effect of USA ivory witch-hunt

There has been a lot of focus on the US border lately. Several countries have these regulations regarding ivory, but not many enforce them very strictly. If I were to legally take ivory in/out of the...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 06-24-2014, 02:55 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 6,301
Posted By snowbear
Re: Shepherd vs McCallum Chanter: Which one gets more chicks?

I find the Shepherd to me easier to play on (for the poly versions).
As for the chicks; they will all run screaming away from you whichever you choose.
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 06-19-2014, 04:29 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,952
Posted By snowbear
Re: A Request for Perspective, Please!

Competition is a great way to get an opinion from someone who is looking purely at your piping performance. I love competing, but realize that some people are more competitive than others. Going over...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 06-19-2014, 01:41 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,308
Posted By snowbear
Re: Full Silver vs Half Silver

Half silver seems to be the most traditional.Silver is also heavy and expensive.
I've heard rumors where some don't like full silver because of the heat exchanging properties where silver will make...
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 06-14-2014, 01:13 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,163
Posted By snowbear
Re: blowing against one's own pressure

I started out with one drone going. Practicing until I could hold that one steady for 10-15 minutes. Then repeat with two drones going, finally with three drones. Then it was just a matter of finding...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 06-01-2014, 02:38 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 9,758
Posted By snowbear
Re: First Pipes: McCallum or Naill?

They both have a nice sound to them. I prefer the McCallum sound, but Naills sound good to me as well.
As for your first pipes, I would also look at the warranty. Last time I checked, Naill had 2...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 05-12-2014, 05:15 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,097
Posted By snowbear
Re: bagpipe hygene

I do.
I use pure alcohol (methanol) once a month to clean up the inside of my bag. The alcohol cleans and sterilizes very well. A bonus is that it completely evaporates without a trace. There are...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 05-03-2014, 05:12 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,850
Posted By snowbear
Re: Sound of the pipes!

I started on a multi-variable chart for just this purpose a while ago. My problem was not the amount of variables, but the lack of data.
Forum: Beer Tent 04-24-2014, 01:55 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 8,164
Posted By snowbear
Re: Why Older Pipes

It seems to me that some buy old and expensive pipes to sound better. I do understand the fascination of history, but paying 3-5000 for an old pipe is in my mind not going to do wonders to most...
Forum: Beer Tent 04-15-2014, 11:23 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,022
Posted By snowbear
Re: Just Suppose

Not a real highlander, but St. Columba traveled north as well.
He was from Ireland, but came north to Scotland and also traveled north. He's also supposed to be the oldest known reference to the...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 03-24-2014, 10:13 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,617
Posted By snowbear
Re: Returning bad chanter reeds

I always try out my reeds before buying them, but had an idea.
What if the reedmaker send you a variety of different reeds in terms of sound/strength characteristics from his point of view, played...
Forum: Beer Tent 02-22-2014, 03:13 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 7,319
Posted By snowbear
Re: McCallum coloured alloy pipes?

No, I didn't take any photos of it.
It was a set hanging on the wall in the factory showroom.
Forum: Beer Tent 02-22-2014, 09:26 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 7,319
Posted By snowbear
Re: McCallum coloured alloy pipes?

Yes, they have.
I've seen a set fully mounted in red alloy. Looked very weird to a traditionalist like me, but I'm sure it would look nice in the eyes of a teenager.
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 02-17-2014, 07:29 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,432
Posted By snowbear
Re: Remedy for playing TOO fast

A nice twist on the metronome would be to record yourself and put on a tick the recording software. Then you can really hear where you change the tempo and how it all goes to pieces.

As for using...
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