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Forum: Beer Tent 02-09-2020, 03:10 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,920
Posted By Glenurquhart
Re: How many sets do you own?

Not counting 3/4 and miniature pipes and bellows-blown (pastoral, border, SSP, NSP) and a fair number of early chanters I have about 25 GHB from ca. 1790 to 1870, and four reproductions (Julian...
Forum: Do It Yourself (DIY) 02-09-2020, 08:48 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 15,574
Posted By Glenurquhart
Re: Cleaning up old pipes?

Yes, he is indeed!
Forum: Do It Yourself (DIY) 02-09-2020, 08:47 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 15,574
Posted By Glenurquhart
Re: Cleaning up old pipes?

This is interesting, I did not know how long it takes for an old bag in contact with ivory to stain the latter permanently. I am afraid that those stains are irreversible depending on how deep they...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 01-24-2020, 06:37 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 651
Posted By Glenurquhart
Re: Lignum vitae

The earliest surviving chanter, the "Iain Dall", is made of Lignum Vitae and Julian Goodacre makes a reproduction of this chanter in Lignum, quite successfully.

I have a very early set, ca. 1800,...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 01-24-2020, 06:17 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 819
Posted By Glenurquhart
Re: Pipe ID Help Please!

I have two pre-WW2 Starck blowpipes that are both stamped above the PJ mount. I suspect that Starck was the only maker to stamp his blowpipes (maybe they were custom replacements?). You could take a...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 01-09-2020, 06:24 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 408
Posted By Glenurquhart
Re: Lawrie 1/2 size bagpipes

Whitney Reader has a similar set of Lawrie's made entirely from solid ivory - but I don't know if he ever set it up for playing as the valuable material is prone to cracking. I have an early 3/4 set...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 01-09-2020, 05:11 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,124
Posted By Glenurquhart
Re: Donald MacDonald Pastoral pipes

Hello Keith,


Quite unexpectedly I was given the opportunity to purchase the Glen Barr pastoral pipe, and I should receive it very soon. Both surviving MacDonald pastoral sets are now united,...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 10-03-2019, 06:47 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 913
Posted By Glenurquhart
Re: Top Pipers' Setup

I don't know how many top pipers play cane but I think that a first-class setup with cane is still hard to beat. I started with cane in the 1970's and am now returning to cane since I tested Yves...
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 09-15-2019, 04:34 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,384
Posted By Glenurquhart
Re: The Highland Pipe and Scottish Society, London, 1840s

Possibly unemployed and unmarried daughters?
Forum: Technique & Instrument 09-08-2019, 05:26 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 737
Posted By Glenurquhart
Re: Refurbishment advice

Depending on how old and rare your set is don't go for a "complete overhaul" that would include "refreshing" the combing and beading and the mounts: this will definitely spoil your set, and there...
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 09-08-2019, 05:11 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,384
Posted By Glenurquhart
Re: The Highland Pipe and Scottish Society, London, 1840s

Hopefully Keith Sanger will post a reply. If he doesn't know about this topic who else would?
Forum: Technique & Instrument 08-11-2019, 06:01 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 15,311
Posted By Glenurquhart
Re: New set by Pierre Blanchet

I wish I could; I have several unstamped 19th-century chanters that I cannot attribute. The single scribe line on the bulb is unusual, I would need to browse through a lot of pictures for a check of...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 08-09-2019, 04:06 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 15,311
Posted By Glenurquhart
Re: New set by Pierre Blanchet

Pierre Blanchet has asked me to summarize the following information in English in response to Ar Sonerís comment:

The request of a limited number of reproductions of the NMS MacDonald set was...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 08-08-2019, 05:38 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 15,311
Posted By Glenurquhart
Re: New set by Pierre Blanchet

Hugh Cheape told me that he could not remember that such a restriction was issued when he was in charge at the NMS but Pierre Blanchet is absolutely positive about this and he has no reason to invent...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 08-07-2019, 03:41 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,154
Posted By Glenurquhart
Re: Anyone know these pipes, wood? Maker?

I don't think so. Too well-made, real dark hardwood (not stained), and a special design that would hardly be expected from a pipe made in Pakistan
Forum: Technique & Instrument 08-06-2019, 05:32 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 15,311
Posted By Glenurquhart
Re: New set by Pierre Blanchet

Your chanter is not mid-1800's but consistent with sole and bulb patterns around 1880-90, give or take. That does not make it less interesting and it should be much easier to find a properly working...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 08-01-2019, 06:45 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 15,311
Posted By Glenurquhart
Re: New set by Pierre Blanchet

Of course there was no standard pitch of any kind. Flutes from Joseph MacDonald's time had up to nine interchangeable mid-sections compensating pitch variations up to nearly a minor third. The...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 07-31-2019, 11:05 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 15,311
Posted By Glenurquhart
Re: New set by Pierre Blanchet

By the way Patrick Molard has recently recorded piobaireachd on a reproduction set after Malcolm MacGregor set up for nominal A 440. The sound is hautingly beautiful at this low pitch, unfortunately...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 07-31-2019, 10:56 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 15,311
Posted By Glenurquhart
Re: New set by Pierre Blanchet

At the time when Pierre measured the MacDonald pipes in the NMS the NMS restricted the number of reproductions to four sets. However, ex-curator Hugh Cheape cannot remember any such restriction, but...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 07-31-2019, 06:59 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 15,311
Posted By Glenurquhart
Re: New set by Pierre Blanchet

Pierre was allowed to make only four reproductions of the NMS MacDonald set, one of these four being Patrick's pipe. He has made reproductions of two other MacDonald pipes, both from my collection:...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 07-31-2019, 06:44 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 15,311
Posted By Glenurquhart
Re: New set by Pierre Blanchet

Who is the maker of your chanter? I havee encountered this problem any times and it varies a lot depending on the maker, the vintage and the intended pitch and scale of the chanter.
Forum: Technique & Instrument 07-10-2019, 03:57 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,765
Posted By Glenurquhart
Re: Does different price mean different quality?

Julian could actually not tell exactly what kind of wood the original is made of, nor could I with any certainty (I have inspected these pipes twice). It looks like boxwood but it could rather be...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 07-07-2019, 05:59 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,412
Posted By Glenurquhart
Re: John Ban Mackenzie bagpipes

Yes, obviously there were no standard scales nor a standard pitch - and no pipe bands either with a demand for tuned chanters. Redundant characteristics of many early (ca. pre-1820) chanters are...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 07-07-2019, 03:33 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,412
Posted By Glenurquhart
Re: John Ban Mackenzie bagpipes

I have two MacKenzie chanters, both are made of Gaboon ebony (as every MacKenzie chanter that I have seen so far) and their construction and ivory bulb design are different. I cannot tell which would...
Forum: Beer Tent 07-05-2019, 05:51 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,459
Posted By Glenurquhart
Re: Are replica pipes comparable to the original?

The setup changes everything. A "quiet" pipe reeded with cane or elder won't be "quiet" anymore...
I enjoy playing both the originals and reproductions, both are just an entirely different matter.
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