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Forum: Technique & Instrument Yesterday, 10:55 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,631
Posted By William McKenzie
Re: Drone instability, poor blowing or moisture?

BlowPro is great, I've owned one now for a long time. It's downfall for me is that the pressure it reads is absolute instead of gauge. It is giving you the total pressure, ambient atmospheric...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 03-30-2020, 07:26 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,631
Posted By William McKenzie
Re: Drone instability, poor blowing or moisture?

I think what's missed when talking about bag size is the physics of it. Air in equals air out as we know, but there's what the extra reservoir of air is feeling as this happens throughout the...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 03-25-2020, 01:37 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,631
Posted By William McKenzie
Re: Drone instability, poor blowing or moisture?

Same experience. Owned several of the black/dark blue hybrid Bannatynes and they were absolutely tropical inside, kept a lot of moisture in. Canmore has been amazing by comparison. Gannaways I owned...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 03-24-2020, 11:06 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,631
Posted By William McKenzie
Re: Drone instability, poor blowing or moisture?

Do you have a manometer you practice with?
Forum: Beer Tent 03-24-2020, 01:05 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 993
Posted By William McKenzie
Re: Post Pandemic bag hygiene

Agreed.

The Covid-19 is real, and the threat is real. But nothing changes for piping except getting together for gatherings. Stay home and stay healthy.
Forum: Beer Tent 03-24-2020, 01:03 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 993
Posted By William McKenzie
Re: Post Pandemic bag hygiene

Agree. I think we are overthinking this much like 'anti-bacterial' soap isn't effective. Almost any soap will be just as, if not more, effective to remove bacteria from your hands and pipe bag (if...
Forum: Beer Tent 03-23-2020, 03:57 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 956
Posted By William McKenzie
Re: Games cancellations

It would be an incredible moment if they did competitions online this year to keep spirits up with something unprecedented and truly amazing. Jori Chisholm already does something similar and it's...
Forum: Webmaster & Software 03-21-2020, 12:54 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 208
Posted By William McKenzie
Re: Bagpipe Writer issue

I'm struggling with BMW also. It's stuck on an old laptop and I can't find a usable replacement.

I just want to figure out something like ABC that's web based but my Chromebook struggles with...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 03-20-2020, 11:27 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 676
Posted By William McKenzie
Re: Sheepskin Lee & Sons Gandy Bag

Always look forward to your videos Matt! As always another cool one to watch and think about.

Two questions-

1. The cut looks identical to Canmore. Was that what was on the pipes before (bag...
Forum: Beer Tent 03-19-2020, 03:16 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,921
Posted By William McKenzie
Re: I LOVE my bagpipes

I believe McCallum made changes to the bass drone around 2014 which in turn also made the bass easier to reed potentially. Having said that I owned the Edge for a bit and found them problematic and...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 03-19-2020, 01:46 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 676
Posted By William McKenzie
Re: Sheepskin Lee & Sons Gandy Bag

I've always been curious about Bruce's bag cuts. I believe there have been a few others like Gannaway that have also offered his cut but I could be wrong.

On the bags you've had previously that...
Forum: Beer Tent 03-18-2020, 10:48 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 344
Posted By William McKenzie
Re: Practicing & Rehearsing During a Pandemic

Great article Pete, thank you for sharing!

I've always been curious what the big-band rehearsals are like given that everyone is spread out across the world. SFU, I&D, SLOT, etc. Several hours a...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 03-17-2020, 05:17 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 422
Posted By William McKenzie
What's your pipe bag cover material?

My mother in law is a seamstress by hobby/side gig and has offered to sew me a professional type bagpipe cover for me; pretty sweet deal. I've been slowly getting my piping gear finalized for the...
Forum: Beer Tent 03-13-2020, 10:31 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,075
Posted By William McKenzie
Re: Alternative bagpipe mounts

I tried to get palm nut on a set of pipes once but the maker successfully persuaded me against it after a couple of horror stories. Apparently it's fairly awful stuff. Very unfortunate given how...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 03-12-2020, 06:14 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 937
Posted By William McKenzie
Re: Pipe Case Alternatives

This seems to be a contradiction?

I did a lot of research on hard cases and there are a few that fit what I would call the "medium" size case travel case. These would be wheeled, retractable...
Forum: Beer Tent 03-11-2020, 11:49 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,762
Posted By William McKenzie
Re: Parade cancellations

PSU has announced courses going online and no large gatherings. Believe Oregon is set to announce the same statewide for gatherings larger than 250 like a parade.
Forum: Technique & Instrument 03-10-2020, 09:43 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,105
Posted By William McKenzie
Re: How to fix a split brass ferrule

I was trying to understand the fracture pattern since it didn't have any necking or jaggedness and this makes much more sense now. It was rolled giving it a seam that became the weakest point in...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 03-10-2020, 12:26 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 839
Posted By William McKenzie
White Chanters May Be The Next Big Thing

Ordering some things from G1 Reeds today and happened upon some news. They've revamped their chanter lineup to including a new solo chanter as well as a different band chanter. However, the new band...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 03-09-2020, 10:56 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,105
Posted By William McKenzie
Re: How to fix a split brass ferrule

I like the brass tubing idea. Provided you have a good bandsaw, or a store with a good cutting wheel, the cuts should be clean. Probably not too hard to do along with some epoxy.

My question is,...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 03-09-2020, 10:44 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 305
Posted By William McKenzie
Re: Canmore water trap maintenance routine?

I have a newer Canmore hybrid in medium that came with the Highland's style tube trap in red. The bag breathes nicely on its own but I definitely need the included trap along with an added Moose...
Forum: Beer Tent 03-08-2020, 06:13 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,347
Posted By William McKenzie
Re: Fake 'ivory'

Nice find! That's a cool product.

For the curious here are imitation ivories from three different makers that I have on hand, broken down to show them next to each other-
...
Forum: Trading Post Archive 03-07-2020, 09:19 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 112
Posted By William McKenzie
FS: MacLellan Concert Pitch Bb Chanter - $60

MacLellan Bb chanter (466) in poly as heard played here by Matt Willis (https://youtu.be/CJp8LEjcX88?t=170). Low A has been carved on this chanter to bring it in line with the rest of the scale and...
Forum: Trading Post Archive 03-07-2020, 09:11 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 70
Posted By William McKenzie
FS: The Gael Chanter - $50

Designed by Jim McGillivray and made by Roddy MacLellan. Plays around 470 with a Chesney reed, high A was sharped (undercut) rather than tape all the rest of the notes. Nice feel under fingers and a...
Forum: Beer Tent 03-07-2020, 09:51 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,347
Posted By William McKenzie
Re: Fake 'ivory'

I believe this is the same material seen here on remounted 1920s Robertsons from Jim McGillivray's vintage pipes (https://piping.on.ca/vintage-bagpipe-archive/):
...
Forum: Beer Tent 03-06-2020, 03:27 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,227
Posted By William McKenzie
Re: Favourite chanter pitch

As far as I have read, the Shepherd Bb reeds are their regular reeds that tend to play flatter. If this is the case I don't know where the cutoff is when they are tested.

I play a Shepherd Bb reed...
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