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Forum: Beer Tent 10-16-2019, 07:03 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,667
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: Takeaway tips from botched gigs?

I would have grabbed the second set sitting beside me and continued playing.

I learned the two-pipes-at-gigs thing from a Scottish fiddler! I asked him why he brought two fiddles (in a double...
Forum: Beer Tent 10-16-2019, 06:53 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,667
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: Takeaway tips from botched gigs?

That also comes up at weddings.

I've often had the people want the piper to stand to the side at the front of the church, then pipe out the couple. I always want to enter from the back of the...
Forum: Beer Tent 10-16-2019, 06:41 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,667
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: Takeaway tips from botched gigs?

As I mentioned, a very useful skill to learn is tuning your drones while you're playing a tune on the chanter. Amazing Grace is ideal; most of the time you only need one hand on the chanter.
Forum: Music 10-15-2019, 06:16 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 610
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: Really only one simple bagpipe????

OK, I didn't get very far... one long trill, and not a controlled or consistent one.

And boy do I know trills! A Baroque Flute Major in my Uni days.
Forum: Beer Tent 10-08-2019, 07:47 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,667
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: Takeaway tips from botched gigs?

Seems to me that the Highland pipes have an extraordinarily high number of different things that can go wrong, and even after decades of playing you might find your pipes doing something they've...
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 10-06-2019, 06:21 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 783
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: Getting back the saddle!

Back around 1980 I was playing in a good band and the Pipe Major gave me a strong reed to play.

I went to piping school and the head instructor, Pipe Major Evan MacRae, who had spent decades in...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 10-06-2019, 05:51 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 588
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: MacRae Repro tenor question

What are the specs of the two tenors?

I first encountered the different-tenor thing back in the 1970s when I bought a set of full ivory Hendersons which had been played in WWI by a piper in the...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 10-06-2019, 05:30 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,497
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: Hardie Infinity chanters

So as not to interfere with the actual topic (Infinity chanters) I started a thread about hole spacing http://forums.bobdunsire.com/forums/showthread.php?p=1340685#post1340685
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 10-06-2019, 05:13 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 539
Posted By pancelticpiper
Hole-spacing whistle vs. GHB

The topic of hole-spacing/finger-spacing has come up in threads discussing various models of GHB chanters. It amuses me that pipers get worked up over differences in 1/16 inch in hole-spacing between...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 10-05-2019, 06:34 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,497
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: Hardie Infinity chanters

Why yes, being a Low Whistle player my adaptability is far greater than a Highland piper's ever needs to be :thumb:

Here are the distances between the hole-centres on my Low A whistle compared to...
Forum: Beer Tent 10-01-2019, 05:12 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,992
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: Drone strength question

Good for you! I've never heard a set of MacLellans that didn't sound great.

What comes to mind when I think of loud (and good) pipes are old Robertsons and new pipes by Mark Cushing.

Mind...
Forum: Beer Tent 09-30-2019, 06:00 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,320
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: Stories of a broken Pipe Bands Australia

That's what I was thinking.

I don't know the Oz situation. Is there one Pipe Band Association for the entire country?

If so, it seems to me that in a country that large, with bands so spread...
Forum: Beer Tent 09-23-2019, 05:25 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,600
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: Paid not to play!

There was one funeral where THREE pipers were hired by various members of the family... we all knew each other, so once we got the tuning sorted we all played, and all got paid.

The easiest gig...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 09-22-2019, 05:52 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 5,987
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: "B" Flat Set up

I don't think there's any going back to 466.

What could happen, perhaps does happen here and there, are top bands pulling the pitch down a hair, down to around 480. What's the last time a Top Six...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 09-22-2019, 05:38 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,481
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: Temperature and Humidity effects on Piping

Just from the practical experience of playing weddings, funerals, and in pipe bands for 40 years I can say that obviously both temp and humidity have profound effects on the tuning of the chanter.
...
Forum: Beer Tent 09-16-2019, 03:35 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 486
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: Border pipe drones on ebay?

I messaged the seller because he has photos of two different sets of drones on there, but he's only selling one.

Now he acknowledges the photo mistake. Odd that he says he can't edit his listing,...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 09-11-2019, 07:04 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 5,987
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: "B" Flat Set up

Exactly so! Half my gigs are Concert Pitch gigs. When "they" find out that there's a piper who can play in tune, they want to hire you.



Exactly. It was one thing when the competition pitch...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 09-10-2019, 05:43 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 577
Posted By pancelticpiper
Recent CITES change?

I just now read this online, posted 11 hours ago:

"At the latest CITES meeting just two weeks ago, after many years, the restriction on rosewoods for musical instruments was lifted...comes into...
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 09-07-2019, 07:02 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 783
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: Outlander tartans

Now that I've re-watched the video linked to (I had watched it a while back) I see that Kirkbright had already designed the tartan for Henry V, then "presented" his Henry V design to the showrunners....
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 09-07-2019, 04:27 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 783
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: Outlander tartans

I think it's a good possibility that when the showrunners and/or Art Director and/or Costumer decided to comp MacKay Weathered they didn't know what it was called. They might have found an image...
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 09-07-2019, 04:21 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 783
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: Outlander tartans

I was hanging out at the Outlander booth :thumb:
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 09-07-2019, 03:41 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 783
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: Outlander tartans

Very interesting. Is there mention of the Art Director? For it is he/she who, in collaboration with the show runners, makes all the decisions as to the overall look of the project including the...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 09-05-2019, 04:56 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 753
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: Ebay custom Edenbourl bagpipes

One puzzling thing is why the seller thinks the pipes were made in Edenbourl.
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 09-05-2019, 06:15 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 783
Posted By pancelticpiper
Outlander tartans

I think I'm safe in saying that the popularity of the Outlander TV series has impacted us pipers to some extent.

At our most recent Games, Pleasanton, there was an Outlander booth (resembling one...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 09-05-2019, 04:56 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 753
Posted By pancelticpiper
eBay custom Edenbourl bagpipes

You might be wondering what "custom-made Edenbourl bagpipes" are, and why they might be worth $2,500.

Here they are! Custom-made pipes that "you can't buy off the shelf"
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