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Forum: Reviews 11-11-2018, 10:02 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,214
Posted By John Dally
Play It Like You Sing It, 2 vols., by Barry Shears

Barry Shears’ monumental, two volume, collection, PLAY IT LIKE YOU SING IT (Bradan Press, Halifax, 2018, vol. 1 ISBN 9781988747040, vol. 2 ISBN 98781988747033) is the culmination of decades of deep...
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 10-21-2016, 08:03 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 21,212
Posted By John Dally
Re: Pipes, kilts, khaki

The KOSB WWII vet who taught me how to wear a kilt and march is spinning, smartly, in his grave. But I was told that the dress uniforms are not tailored any longer, and that they are issued out from...
Forum: Music 10-07-2016, 10:24 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,561
Posted By John Dally
Re: Is there any published Galician Bagpipe music for GHB?

There are few in Patrick Molard's book of tunes, which you can order here (http://www.sonerien.com/en/musique-bretonne/535-molard-scores.html)....
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 10-06-2016, 01:59 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,036
Posted By John Dally
Re: SSP drone tuning question

Great post, Tedley. It is interesting that the best sounding reeds are the most efficient and require only slight adjustment. Getting there takes real skill.
Forum: Piobaireachd 10-06-2016, 12:55 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,490
Posted By John Dally
Re: Learning Piobaireachd

A couple of old collection put the tunes down in phrases as you describe.
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 09-25-2016, 09:42 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,036
Posted By John Dally
Re: SSP drone tuning question

Yep, and a lot depends on the reeds.

I spent the last couple days in a very frustrating attempt to get a nice warm sound out of a set of SSP drones in A, tenor, baritone, bass. The reeds that...
Forum: Piobaireachd 09-25-2016, 09:30 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,116
Posted By John Dally
Re: New Composition Contest

Who are Burley Bagpipes? I never heard of them.
Forum: Technique & Instrument 09-22-2016, 10:50 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,483
Posted By John Dally
Re: Colin Kyo Bagpipes - Thoughts?

It's true that the standard of pipe making is much higher today than it was back in the day, but to say Murray's pipes are just as good as mass produced bagpipes being made today is simply not...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 09-22-2016, 10:43 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,529
Posted By John Dally
Re: Colin Kyo Chanter

True, but not all chanters are created equal. There is something special about Murray's chanters and pipes.
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 09-21-2016, 01:18 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,150
Posted By John Dally
Re: Bellows Question?

Quite right, Ian. My company computer blocks those suppliers.
Forum: Technique & Instrument 09-21-2016, 06:56 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,529
Posted By John Dally
Re: Colin Kyo Chanter

Yes, I don't know how Murray does it, but his chanter is a dream to play.
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 09-21-2016, 06:46 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,150
Posted By John Dally
Re: Bellows Question?

One easy fix for an inefficient bellows is to glue a dime or penny on the back of the leather clack intake valve. Many bellows I see don't catch until about halfway through the stroke.
Another...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 09-19-2016, 10:27 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 641
Posted By John Dally
Historically important H&A Border pipe on Ebay

There's a historically important Border pipe made by Heriot and Allen on Ebay.
H&A were "instrumental" in the renaissance of Scottish bellows pipes. Robbie Greensit of H&A retired over a decade...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 09-14-2016, 02:15 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,150
Posted By John Dally
Re: Bellows Question?

Most of the bellows I see are heavy, too big and inefficient. Most operate at about half capacity, which usually has to do with the clack valve. A piper asked me to fettle a set of SSP from a...
Forum: Beer Tent 08-22-2016, 10:03 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,753
Posted By John Dally
Re: Is the market flooded with cheap pipes?

I could have been more clear.

1969 it was difficult to find a decent set of pipes anywhere, or a teacher. Fortunately, my father traded a row boat for my first set, and there was a gentleman...
Forum: Beer Tent 08-21-2016, 10:30 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,753
Posted By John Dally
Re: Is the market flooded with cheap pipes?

The overall standard of starter sets is much better now than it was when my father gave me my first set in 1969. One of my students plays a '70's era Grainger & Campbell that sounds better than most...
Forum: Beer Tent 08-19-2016, 10:02 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,753
Posted By John Dally
Is the market flooded with cheap pipes?

Watching ebay and talking to shop owners, it appears that there is an over abundance of cheap, used pipes. By "cheap pipes" I mean basic, beginner sets, like the '80's Hardies that were the subject...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 08-14-2016, 09:50 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 9,665
Posted By John Dally
Re: Fred Morrison Uilleann Pipes

"There's a long standing tradition in piping to idolize and vilify. Neither does anyone any favors." I can't remember who said that.
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 08-11-2016, 09:27 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,257
Posted By John Dally
Re: Need some advice on purchasing SSP

Patrick, your posts are always well researched, fair and clear. You obviously spend a lot of time and money developing your findings, and you are very generous to share them here in detail without...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 08-10-2016, 09:31 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,257
Posted By John Dally
Re: Need some advice on purchasing SSP

I don't know about Soutar, but I've played more than a few chanters in all the regular keys, and many have the high g very close to the f#. I find this irritating. Even some of the big name brands...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 08-10-2016, 09:21 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 9,665
Posted By John Dally
Re: Fred Morrison Uilleann Pipes

My friend down the road sold his K&Q half set to one of Jerry O'Sullivan's students, so it's no longer available. If you want to get started on the UP without spending a lot of money, look up David...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 08-09-2016, 11:28 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,257
Posted By John Dally
Re: Need some advice on purchasing SSP

This is a video I made of my MacLellan studio pipes a couple of years ago.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8chB67M0U_Y
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 08-08-2016, 11:45 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 9,665
Posted By John Dally
Re: Fred Morrison Uilleann Pipes

They are not as impossible to find as it seems. Ray Sloan's waiting list is 18 months, which isn't long compared to the wait lists of ten years ago.

There is a half set of Kohler and Quinn for...
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 08-06-2016, 09:42 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 10,541
Posted By John Dally
Re: Highland bagpipes originated in the Iberian Peninsula

Both King James VI/I and Henry VIII had bagpipes at their court, and perhaps even played them himself. Do these pipes have any relation to the pipes "Highlanders" play today? I doubt it. But was...
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 08-06-2016, 09:34 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 10,541
Posted By John Dally
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