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Forum: Beer Tent 11-30-2020, 01:56 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 377
Posted By William McKenzie
Re: Entry-level piping-related careers? Advice requested

Nate is spot on in my opinion. And I think the idea when it comes to earning an income to live off of or in general earning extra income (in my situation to pay down debt) right now is probably the...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 11-28-2020, 01:13 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 812
Posted By William McKenzie
Re: Changing birl style

After reading through this thread I felt like I do something different than the options presented. So I picked up my chanter and watched my own birls.. and I do something different than the options...
Forum: Beer Tent 11-27-2020, 09:53 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,735
Posted By William McKenzie
Re: Groped by women when performing?

Thanks Andrew. There are a people giving others a bad name to be sure.

I've only been asked, I've never been "groped" thankfully.
Forum: Beer Tent 11-27-2020, 02:04 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,735
Posted By William McKenzie
Re: Groped by women when performing?

It is a funny topic made in jest, one I've been asked often (and truthfully answer "nothing" because we're all just human bodies and it's not a big deal to me).

But, as our piping culture is male...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 11-25-2020, 11:48 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 611
Posted By William McKenzie
Re: Cannings—ezeedrone

Personal preference.

In my experience the Cannings are one of the 'smoothest' set of reeds. Nominal and warm. The Blue plastic body set were made to solve the moisture issues if that becomes a...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 11-21-2020, 01:15 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 693
Posted By William McKenzie
Re: Canmore hybrid bag - opinions?

The others have already said it but they hybrid Canmores are amazing bags. I ordered a medium hybrid without grommets from Iain and it was ideal. Very dry bag. I would definitely have kept it on my...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 11-17-2020, 11:16 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 378
Posted By William McKenzie
Re: Stupid Beginner Question: Chanters

A smallpipes chanter can do this very thing.

http://forums.bobdunsire.com/forums/showpost.php?p=1349515&postcount=9
Forum: Beer Tent 11-17-2020, 07:32 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 688
Posted By William McKenzie
Re: What are chanters worth?

$1000 for essentially a conical tube with holes.. this is one of the aspects that stopped me from getting into uilleann pipes.

They sounds breathtaking. Then you want them and realize there is...
Forum: Beer Tent 11-17-2020, 07:28 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,564
Posted By William McKenzie
Re: Roddy MacLeod launches “Hebridean” range of Pipes

I posted a clip of my own set (https://www.scottishoctopus.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Posting-Clip-Breadalbane_PH-Chesney_BTHR-Henderson-Deluxe-bass.wav) of the Breadalbane pipes a while back,...
Forum: Beer Tent 11-15-2020, 01:44 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 688
Posted By William McKenzie
Re: What are chanters worth?

Mac I always appreciate your take on things and this is an interesting point you make. The two chanters I now own are abw and were purchased new. One is the same Mk3 that you have, the "classic", and...
Forum: Beer Tent 11-15-2020, 12:57 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 688
Posted By William McKenzie
What are chanters worth?

Recently I've been making some long term changes to my setup. Maybe by the time one of those "What's your 20201 setup" threads rolls around soon I'll have things dialed finally.

As I purchase and...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 11-15-2020, 12:29 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,527
Posted By William McKenzie
Re: 1950's Robertsons

Right?! Had the exact same thought. Also Robertsons. I want.
Forum: Beer Tent 11-13-2020, 08:18 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 890
Posted By William McKenzie
Re: Why is one PC supposedly better than another?

Any of the PCs you mentioned previously will be great. However, there is enough difference between Highland chanter finger spacing for me to say that they they are not all the same. For example, I...
Forum: Beer Tent 11-12-2020, 07:55 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,564
Posted By William McKenzie
Re: Roddy MacLeod launches “Hebridean” range of Pipes

I've wondered about this in years past. The 1-2 Lawries of this vintage that I've come across I feel like did have finicky bass bores.



Daaaaaaanng.. 3lbs! I did not notice this initially....
Forum: Technique & Instrument 11-11-2020, 07:12 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 614
Posted By William McKenzie
Re: Adjusting drone reeds to chanter strength

x2.

It's fun when they shut off at the same time but should be more of a coincidence. Set them to where they feel comfortable, where ever that is. Some set them very high because they like that,...
Forum: Beer Tent 11-11-2020, 03:18 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,016
Posted By William McKenzie
Re: Polyester thread replacing hemp?

I know other makers who will also not honor repairs with PTFE use and warn against it. However, I personally don't have any qualms using it and like Wulls stated it is a very known quantity even for...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 11-08-2020, 06:54 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,527
Posted By William McKenzie
Re: 1950's Robertsons

Oof, I have to say rotating and going to corners makes this a rough comparison for me with reflections and many variables.

Having said that-

#1 - Rockets
#2 - Ackland
#3 - Kinnaird Originals
Forum: Beer Tent 11-08-2020, 06:34 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,006
Posted By William McKenzie
Re: A favor? Up for Best Social Media for The Big Rab Show Awards...

Definitely a well deserved win! You put a lot of thought into things and it shows. Congrats man.
Forum: Beer Tent 11-01-2020, 04:50 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,564
Posted By William McKenzie
Roddy MacLeod launches “Hebridean” range of Pipes

pipesdrums.com/article/roddy-macleod-launches-extensive-new-line-of-pipes/ (https://www.pipesdrums.com/article/roddy-macleod-launches-extensive-new-line-of-pipes/)

Made by David Naill & Co. no...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 10-31-2020, 07:32 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,483
Posted By William McKenzie
Re: I Want To Try a New Brand of Drone Reeds

The Ezeedrones you have are smooth, well blended, "focused" tone to them in my opinion. They are the Toyotas of the bagpipe world. And for good reason really. By focused I mean that the sound is well...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 10-29-2020, 11:43 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 434
Posted By William McKenzie
Re: Willie McCallum Custom bag vs. Gandy Bag

I've owned the WMC Bannatyne as well as have a goatskin Gandy bag on the way.

My sleeve length is 33-34" which is on the longer side. I have played a regular Bannatyne ES and it felt good but I...
Forum: Beer Tent 10-29-2020, 09:09 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,016
Posted By William McKenzie
Re: Polyester thread replacing hemp?

My original instructor had corked hemps on vintage Hendersons that he had had put on years prior. He loved it and didn't know why hemp was still a thing if I recall. It did require grease...
Forum: Beer Tent 10-26-2020, 09:56 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,016
Posted By William McKenzie
Re: Polyester thread replacing hemp?

That's true and it could. But that would be no different than people using all yellow or black waxed hemp since those types also don't absorb moisture. My experience is more that if you're outside in...
Forum: Beer Tent 10-26-2020, 03:39 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,016
Posted By William McKenzie
Re: Polyester thread replacing hemp?

It's is the 3rd or 4th type of polyester thread that I've tried for helping and although it's not perfect, I really like it to the point that I don't see myself ever going back. I initially tried the...
Forum: Beer Tent 10-25-2020, 01:51 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,006
Posted By William McKenzie
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