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Forum: Technique & Instrument 11-06-2019, 06:52 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,455
Posted By gisahag
Re: How many sets do you 'run' at a time?

I can just about understand having one really good main set for comps / most gigs, plus a second set for bad weather gigs/gigs when significant quantities of drink may be taken/emergency backup. But...
Forum: Pipe Bands 11-05-2019, 06:34 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,024
Posted By gisahag
Re: Rehearsal "activities"

Here’s what doesn’t work. This is / was a real band (I'm no longer a member, so it may have changed).
8:00pm - Pipers start to arrive, have a chat, start to assemble pipes, one or two might start...
Forum: Beer Tent 10-11-2019, 06:35 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,085
Posted By gisahag
Re: Why is it still ivory that's No.1?

It's odd that we don't refer to man made mounts for what they are. Why do we say "imitation ivory" and not plastic, man-made, or white delrin / celluloid / phenolic resin?
I get that 'plastic'...
Forum: Beer Tent 09-14-2019, 02:08 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,954
Posted By gisahag
Re: Gordon Walker

"what’s it got to do with bagpiping"
By that measure Harvey Weinstein's behaviour had nothing to do with the movie industry.
GW's piping reputation was what got him the job as a teacher, put him in...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 07-12-2019, 06:46 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 648
Posted By gisahag
Re: Fitting cane drone reeds according to bore size

One of my regrets is that many years ago I threw out my grandfather's two biscuit tins full of old drone reeds. Most of those very old reeds were much wider than the ones you get today, and with only...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 06-24-2019, 06:29 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,113
Posted By gisahag
Re: Picking the right reed

I found that the "number of bars" process on Donald Macphee's website https://macpheereeds.com/products/macphee-pipe-chanter-reeds
worked really well as a way of getting reeds specific to my...
Forum: Beer Tent 05-24-2019, 06:12 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,137
Posted By gisahag
I hate my bagpipes

Has anyone ever bought a set of pipes (other than those from Pakistan) that have been a complete nightmare and that you've really hated?
Every time there's thread asking for opinions on a particular...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 05-17-2019, 06:41 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,991
Posted By gisahag
Re: Naill Re-bore?

Madpiper13, if no-one had ever told you that tenor drones sound best 'on the hemp line', would you have been happy with the sound of your David Nialls?
Personally I think it's a non-issue. At best...
Forum: Do It Yourself (DIY) 04-25-2019, 04:48 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 878
Posted By gisahag
Re: Recycling a broken joint

Do you fish? If so, fill it with lead shot, seal the ends, and use it as an angler's priest.
Forum: Beer Tent 03-31-2019, 03:53 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,303
Posted By gisahag
Re: Pakistani Bagpipe Challenge


Watched the video. Congratulations on your fairness, sheer bloody-mindedness for trying them 'as supplied', and for managing to keep a straight face through the whole process. :thumb:
Forum: Beer Tent 03-12-2019, 07:36 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,387
Posted By gisahag
Re: A hollow victory and a question

This is probably the wrong place to ask this question. We're all too familiar with pipe music. Whatever you choose, try to run it past a non-piper before the comp to see if it's something they find...
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 03-04-2019, 03:10 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,333
Posted By gisahag
Re: Photo: what bands?

Oo a puzzle. We likes puzzles precious. Is it tricksy?

Clues other than the pipers attire: there seem to be tram lines down the street. Only Scottish city with trams is Edinburgh, but they were...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 02-13-2019, 04:16 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,450
Posted By gisahag
Re: Chanter bias?

You don't say what the background of the workshop leader is. Is this someone who has actually earned the right to pass comments like that? What have they done / won. Might they just be a...
Forum: Beer Tent 02-11-2019, 06:05 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,303
Posted By gisahag
Re: Pakistani Bagpipe Challenge

Does anyone else think it would be better to combine this thread and "For the piper who has everything - a Chair! " and set a challenge to turn Pakistani bagpipes into chairs? :thumb:
Forum: Beer Tent 02-05-2019, 05:59 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,676
Posted By gisahag
Re: Another Odd Duck Music Question...

The tunes in my head are not a problem. It helps drown out the voices :crazy:
The big problem is the fingers constantly playing along with the tunes in my head on pens, steering wheel, edge of the...
Forum: Beer Tent 01-26-2019, 03:39 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,612
Posted By gisahag
Re: Sharpness War

Regarding soloist at high pitch, I don't get either why or how.
These days I just play for my own pleasure, so the chanter is at whatever pitch requires least tape, and the drones are set to that....
Forum: Beer Tent 01-22-2019, 06:03 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,612
Posted By gisahag
Re: Sharpness War

First rule of Pipe Band : if in doubt, blame the drummers
Second rule of Pipe Band : if in doubt, blame the drummers.

Solo piper's pitch is creeping up too. Discuss ?:(
Forum: Music 12-18-2018, 02:57 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 911
Posted By gisahag
Re: Origin of 'The Keel Row'?

Robert, it's the other way round.
The man who dies takes the high road (heaven), gets to Scotland first, but will never see his true love again on the banks of Loch Lomond. His pal survives and...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 11-15-2018, 06:38 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,157
Posted By gisahag
Re: Drone Reed Recommendation for 1910 Hendersons

I started keeping notes some years ago about the various drone reeds I’ve tried in my early 20th C Hendersons. In no way is this a complete survey, and I ‘ve never done much mixing /matching of bass...
Forum: Beer Tent 11-12-2018, 03:09 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,213
Posted By gisahag
Re: When The Battle's Over - 0600

Completely forgot I'd agreed about 3 years ago to participate in this. The Canon had to phone me to remind me.
Twenty or so hardy souls gathered outside Manchester Cathedral at 0600, not including...
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 08-29-2018, 06:48 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,623
Posted By gisahag
Re: When was the First Medley Competition?

On several occasions I’ve been told by old pipers and drummers in Manchester that the first RSPBA sanctioned medley competition was held in England. Can’t remember the exact location or year, but I...
Forum: Music 07-11-2018, 05:58 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 918
Posted By gisahag
Re: LF: Metalica?

Nothing Else Matters might work.
Forum: Beer Tent 06-11-2018, 06:39 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,549
Posted By gisahag
Re: Piper cuffed and roughed for playing too loud on the Royal mile!

It ended at a police station, with the polis getting their details in return for a warning, and the piper submitting a formal complaint for wrongful arrest. Although the discussion was more civil...
Forum: Beer Tent 06-08-2018, 02:09 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,549
Posted By gisahag
Re: Piper Cuffed and roughed for playing too loud on the Royal mile!

If you read the story, he wasn't cuffed for playing the pipes, he was cuffed for refusing to give his details. He goes to a great deal of trouble to shave down reeds to make his pipes as quiet as...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 06-01-2018, 06:36 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 8,104
Posted By gisahag
Re: Polyester thread instead of hemp = game changer!

“Shouldn'tever rot, as it's not natural!”
Yes but generally on this planet, where there’s moisture there’s life. So some micro-organism or other will end up living between the fibres. Probably a...
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