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Forum: Piobaireachd 04-13-2018, 05:21 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 540
Posted By Jay Close
Re: David Glen Edinburgh Collection

Jim Barrie told me his father was taught largely from the Glen collection when he was instructed by John MacDougall Gillies. I've recently been looking at Glen's compilation, The Music of Clan...
Forum: Beer Tent 04-03-2018, 05:24 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 745
Posted By Jay Close
Re: Big Bad Drone

The late John Kidd used to make his upper bass drone in two parts, but it was a through bore with no adjustment capabilities between the mid and upper joints. It was just one, long, even bore once...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 02-13-2018, 03:29 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,039
Posted By Jay Close
Re: Mexican Royal Ebony (Katalox) GHP pipes

The last time I was on his webpage, I don't think MacLellan makes a price distinction. You simply choose the wood you want as an option. I honestly don't see how any company who didn't invest heavily...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 02-05-2018, 12:36 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 775
Posted By Jay Close
Re: Help identifying possible Hardie pipes?

I'd say Hardies too. I can see the flattish bead thing and its association with G and C pipes, but the fit an finish on these is generally better than Grainger's, and the projecting mounts don't look...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 01-22-2018, 12:52 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 813
Posted By Jay Close
Re: "ARVORIN" imitation ivory

There is always the hot needle test!
Forum: Technique & Instrument 01-22-2018, 05:29 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 813
Posted By Jay Close
Re: "ARVORIN" imitation ivory

I put Roddy MacLellan onto this material a year ago. He tested it out and I think made the switch over.

I've used it to remount a friend's pipe and found it to work as well or better than the...
Forum: Piobaireachd 12-31-2017, 01:18 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 741
Posted By Jay Close
Re: Highland Bagpipe Piob Tutor Book Question

I'm not familiar with the book, but what you wrote on staff looks simply like a B or C note followed by a grip to the same note. It would make more sense if the initial B or C were written as a...
Forum: Piobaireachd 12-06-2017, 05:39 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,203
Posted By Jay Close
Re: Condensed Echo Beats

If I recall, Thomason's Ceol Mor discusses the variety of timings of echo beats extant in his time (late 19th c.). His notation can be a headache to figure out, but often worth the study.

Cheers
Forum: Piobaireachd 11-26-2017, 02:25 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,010
Posted By Jay Close
Re: Is it an "e throw"? (Lament for Mary McLeod)

One of my erstwhile students has been opting to give the bench a choice. He submits two "orthodox" tunes and a Donald MacDonald version of Glengarry's March he learned from from Bruce Gandy. Even...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 11-08-2017, 07:52 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,041
Posted By Jay Close
Re: Help identityfying my pipes

Several years ago I restored a set of Robertsons with black casein mounts -- it was a "look" and very attractive to my modern eye. Those black mounts seem to be a bit more stable that the "ivory"...
Forum: Do It Yourself (DIY) 11-08-2017, 07:48 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 852
Posted By Jay Close
Re: Polishing and sealing old nickel ferules

I, too, would love to learn about this. I've worked quite a bit with old casein. Some has come through the years in remarkable condition, other examples have the consistency of a dry biscuit. From...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 11-05-2017, 07:25 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,041
Posted By Jay Close
Re: Help identityfying my pipes

Yes, definitely Robertsons in their classic form, perhaps 1950ish?? They are a highly desirable maker.

Cheers!
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 09-25-2017, 10:50 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,595
Posted By Jay Close
Re: Best tutor book

Wonderful news, Colin! Thanks for your work to bring the old Green Book up to date.

Cheers
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 09-02-2017, 05:50 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 532
Posted By Jay Close
Re: Ezeedrone reeds for MacLellan SSP...

Roddy really is a fine person to deal with and honestly wants those who play his instruments to be happy with them. I don't play his small pipes but I know a few people who do --- mostly sets in A....
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 08-30-2017, 05:46 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 532
Posted By Jay Close
Re: Ezeedrone reeds for MacLellan SSP...

Roddy makes his own drone reeds for his small pipes and I think they are available from the "shopping" portion of his webpage. It would really be easier just to order a set of reeds right from him...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 08-27-2017, 06:14 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 503
Posted By Jay Close
Re: Seasoning ... mishap?

I used to drain the seasoning overnight to give it a good chance to clear out. Then, thoroughly wipe out the stocks. Just what I was taught. I don't think anything is wrong with your bag or...
Forum: Competing Pipers 08-24-2017, 08:15 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,163
Posted By Jay Close
Re: Balmoral not acceptable?

You probably mean Charleston, South Carolina (SC) not North Carolina (NC).

I'm familiar with most of the usual judging suspects, it is hard to imagine anyone one of them so ignorant as to make...
Forum: Piobaireachd 08-15-2017, 05:50 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,608
Posted By Jay Close
Re: Foot Tapping

Decades ago I attended a workshop Donald MacLeod conducted in Newburgh, New York. I recall vividly his description of crunluath breabach variations as being played in 3/4 or waltz time. He said, just...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 06-21-2017, 12:01 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,589
Posted By Jay Close
Re: MacLellan Bagpipes new design

Over the weekend I had a chance to hear and play a complete prototype version of one of Roddy's new poly bagpipes. And Roddy came to band rehearsal this week and put it through it's paces on a cloudy...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 06-16-2017, 02:50 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,589
Posted By Jay Close
Re: MacLellan Bagpipes new design

Roddy had a partial prototype of his new poly pipes at band practice earlier in the week. This was his new "Revelation" drones stuck into his old bag and Mexican ebony stocks, so we weren't getting...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 06-16-2017, 02:44 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,134
Posted By Jay Close
Re: Sap wood on pipes

Charlie Kron made a few sets from "pink ivory". Quite a wild color. It isn't ivory, it's an African wood, but it is pink.
Forum: Technique & Instrument 06-11-2017, 06:07 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,457
Posted By Jay Close
Re: Dating Glen pipes

I think what you call "dimpling" are little burrs cast up with an engraving tool. The intent was to create a pattern of barbs that would give the metal band a bit more grab on the wood. I've seen...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 05-06-2017, 06:07 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 550
Posted By Jay Close
Re: How to get a CITES certificate?

Nick:

As no one with specific knowledge has responded, I'll tell you what I know broadly.

While the CITES regulations are international, it is up to the individual nation to decide how to...
Forum: Beer Tent 04-23-2017, 12:21 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,868
Posted By Jay Close
Re: Practice Chanters: that sound

In my opinion the major difference is cane reeds. I love the sound of a cane practice chanter reed but they are fussier. I play a 20 or 30 year old Naill long p/c with a MacNeill reed that is almost...
Forum: Piobaireachd 04-11-2017, 07:31 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 759
Posted By Jay Close
Re: Difference between a Salute, Gathering and a Lament?

Ron, I think you missed the point.

It's not that all tunes are the same, far from it. It's that titles and folklore are often contradictory and a poor guide to interpretation. The Lament for the...
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