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Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 10-22-2018, 12:42 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 913
Posted By calecm
Re: Advice for a Beginner Smallpiper?

GHB sheet music can certainly be played, but if you're brand new to it all, it can be a bit of a challenge learning to ignore all the GHB gracings. And you do want to do that.
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 07-08-2018, 04:13 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 422
Posted By calecm
Re: Mussette de cour, any players here?

May I suggest the Facebook group "Musette Enthusiasts."
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 07-07-2018, 03:35 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 838
Posted By calecm
Re: Swedish somethings on eBay?

Sorry, but I'm not seeing the nail-in-the-stock that's being referred to. Can somebody point it out to me?
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 04-10-2018, 11:00 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,682
Posted By calecm
Re: Bellows stiff

I just sold a McCallum bellows. I think they will always be stiffer than most any other bellows, even broken in.
Forum: Trading Post Archive 03-03-2018, 08:05 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 120
Posted By calecm
FS: McCallum Bellows - $300

Like new set of McCallum bellows. Totally tight and seriously strong! Padded both sides. More photos can be provided upon request. Price includes shipping in the US. Overseas, please contact me...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 02-06-2018, 12:08 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 877
Posted By calecm
Re: Two Newbie SSP, Questions Please

Whatever you unplug, be sure you're not exposing the valve. It needs to stay in the bag so it's protected. I know of no builder whose pipes aren't designed to do this.
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 11-01-2017, 11:25 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,193
Posted By calecm
Re: Simon Hope Smallpipes

" . . . air leaks back which it should not."
I would suggest using mineral oil rather than vaseline. Keeps the leather supple, and less likely to get gummy.
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 05-02-2017, 01:28 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,004
Posted By calecm
Re: Decent Smallpipe Bellows Makers

Whenever anybody complains about their pipes taking too much air, the first thing I always address is the blowpipe check valve. I find it's the culprit more often anything else -- maybe more than...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 02-09-2017, 12:38 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,612
Posted By calecm
Re: Drones on shoulder

I play a set of Jon Swayne's low D border pipes. The drones are massive. I often find it more comfortable to play with them over my bag-side shoulder, since there is less torque on the bag. I also...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 02-03-2017, 10:32 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,722
Posted By calecm
Re: Self Evaluation

For an even more real-time self-evaluation, the Fagerstrom electronic chanter is also an unforgiving master. You will hear errors while playing it that you won't hear on the chanter. And you will...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 12-05-2016, 12:33 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,530
Posted By calecm
Re: Northumbrian Pipes

a) Learn to work the bag and bellows first. Close all but one drone, pick a note on the chanter, and practice until you can keep a steady note coming out of it. Then learn to do it with two drones...
Forum: Do It Yourself (DIY) 11-21-2016, 09:53 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,137
Posted By calecm
Re: Tying in chanter stock to hide bag

"the part of the bag is too wide to tie around the groove"

I noticed this comment you made. You're not expecting the chanter stock to fit snugly into the neck of the bag, are you? Take a look at...
Forum: Do It Yourself (DIY) 11-18-2016, 12:21 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,199
Posted By calecm
Re: Gun drill vs. D-bit

a) How much do you want to spend? Gun drills ain't cheap.
b) I avoid Zarb's problem by ALWAYS comparing the length of the wood to the length of the drill, and wrapping a piece of blue tape around...
Forum: Do It Yourself (DIY) 11-18-2016, 12:11 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,435
Posted By calecm
Re: got hemp

Teflon tape has a tendency to split apart after much use. It's really intended to fill a gap between non-moving parts and stay there, and doesn't hold up to stress and strain. Waxed sewing thread...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 11-01-2016, 09:56 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,921
Posted By calecm
Re: Electronic NSP

CalumII and I are now in total agreement! Thanks for the clarification.

What I will say is that the finger holes are different on every single set of pipes you'll play, and it takes a while to be...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 10-31-2016, 10:27 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,921
Posted By calecm
Re: Electronic NSP

I would respectfully disagree with CalumII. I find that the Fagerstrom is actually LESS forgiving of careless fingering than a real chanter. A number of other posters on this forum and elsewhere...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 09-30-2016, 12:24 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,120
Posted By calecm
Re: New SSP piper

And enjoy the creative freedom of deciding for yourself what ornamentation you like best for you, your pipes, and the tune. It's wonderful!
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 05-03-2016, 09:37 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,248
Posted By calecm
Re: Hemping small pipes

If I read the OP correctly, the common stock came out of the bag. This is not about wrapping a joint, it's about tying the stock back into the bag. This is a lot trickier than just hemping (and a...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 04-18-2016, 09:23 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,459
Posted By calecm
Re: Taking The Plunge...

How to case & carry the bellows may be the single largest reason to go with mouth-blown pipes. I think we all live with the fear that the bellows are going to damage the pipes somehow. And the case...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 04-15-2016, 12:12 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,693
Posted By calecm
Re: Lowland Pipe Gracing

I find ANY gracenote that is done too frequently becomes loud and chirpy. OMO.

I would also say that I find I use taps more often than they are used in GHB. Again, largely my personal taste, but...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 03-25-2016, 09:38 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,218
Posted By calecm
Re: Scottish Smallpipes - Good Recordings?

And by all means, go to Soundcloud! Then you can "follow" Quietpiper, James and the Smallpipes, and others. Be warned: You will also find a lot of other kinds of bagpiping to fall in love with! ...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 12-17-2015, 10:58 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,374
Posted By calecm
Re: Thoughts on low D Smallpipes

I have a set of Jon Swayne's low D border pipes. The volume is somewhere between a smallpipe and many other border pipes. I think it would work well in a session. The bass drone is such a lovely...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 11-19-2015, 11:08 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,087
Posted By calecm
Re: Making Border Chanter Reed Adjustments

I have to ask: which is the bigger risk, getting the reed damp from a quick mouth blow, or damaging it getting it in and out of the stock?
Forum: Piping and Drumming Jokes 10-01-2015, 06:35 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,952
Posted By calecm
Fear of death

My greatest fear is that when I die, my wife will sell all my pipes for what I told her I paid for them!
Forum: Do It Yourself (DIY) 05-04-2015, 10:20 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 957
Posted By calecm

(I posted this in the Facebook group, but I want the opinions of those who don't read that.)
OK, I know it lacks the cachet of true leather, but from a purely pragmatic standpoint, what are people's...
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