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Forum: Technique & Instrument 07-05-2020, 12:18 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 257
Posted By Patrick McLaurin
Re: Review Tim Gellaitry Pipes

Mine are 1/16Ē larger in diameter. I am the second owner, so I canít say why the original poster asked for them to be ďflaredĒ, iirc. I *think* they were bored normally and then sanded but Iím sure...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 07-05-2020, 05:19 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 257
Posted By Patrick McLaurin
Re: Review Tim Gellaitry Pipes

I love mine, my favorite pipe of the dozen or so Iíve owned. Craftsmanship can only be equalled, but not surpassed. I do like the slightly larger bushing bores particular to my set compared to his...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 07-03-2020, 04:33 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 372
Posted By Patrick McLaurin
Re: Harmonic support for chanter notes

My anecdotal experience indicates that strong tenors are necessary for a bagpipe to come alive. It could very well be that good bass reeds abound, leaving the tenors the last piece of the tone puzzle...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 07-02-2020, 01:02 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 372
Posted By Patrick McLaurin
Re: Harmonic support for chanter notes

Quite some time ago Richard you mentioned in a post about how each note could sound different against the drones and while I had acknowledged this beforehand, it wasnít something I actively *looked*...
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 06-29-2020, 08:21 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 389
Posted By Patrick McLaurin
Re: Proper Doubling Cadence

I agree the end of the G grace note and beginning of the big, middle note is what falls on the beat.

I don’t particularly care for fast doublings. I like to think I vary the speed depending on the...
Forum: Beer Tent 06-21-2020, 05:43 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,732
Posted By Patrick McLaurin
Re: What tune never gets old to you?

I would like to add:

The Flying Scotsman

and

Angus MacKenzie of Dumbarton

These tunes are brilliant.
Forum: Reviews 06-10-2020, 11:49 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 237
Posted By Patrick McLaurin
Re: Derek Marr & The Bagpipe Refurbishment Co.

On the other hand, he was shipped a bass drone to rebore back when he owned Highland Bagpipe company, or whatever it was called, and never sent it back. Marr brand, started warping not long after...
Forum: Ladies' Room 05-31-2020, 09:51 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 725
Posted By Patrick McLaurin
Re: Newbie having problems with spacing my fingers

On your right hand, the holes will be well into the second pad of the 3 fingers so as you observe, the first pad of your pinkie will cover the hole. It will take time, and eventually your right...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 05-30-2020, 08:02 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 495
Posted By Patrick McLaurin
Re: Tuning to High A

Yes, the reed depth is used to establish the octave.

Low A is the most unforgiving at revealing out of tune drones, followed by E (recognizing that there are various conventions on how to tune...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 05-30-2020, 12:49 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 495
Posted By Patrick McLaurin
Re: Tuning to High A

I more often tune on an open D, but will occasionally find myself moving the drone while playing high A. I find it easier to hear on a D than high A. But, I don’t use any of that information to...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 05-24-2020, 08:29 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 714
Posted By Patrick McLaurin
Re: H. Starck Tone

I echo Richardís observations. I wouldnít say mellow, but bold doesnít come to mind either. Iím thinking unlikely to find themselves at the Glenfiddich, but much like the more subdued Hardies, have...
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 05-23-2020, 03:09 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 606
Posted By Patrick McLaurin
Re: Opinions

I have only done the following with synthetic smallpipe drone reeds, but you might consider replacing the reed’s tenon with brass tubing of the same ID as the reed body. Brass tubing could be narrow...
Forum: Music 05-23-2020, 11:37 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 675
Posted By Patrick McLaurin
Re: Composition methodology

When the inspiration comes, or even when it's missing, I play with a recorder running. Too often I've played an awesome phrase and then lost it.

Once things start to settle I start typing in ABC...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 05-23-2020, 05:18 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,083
Posted By Patrick McLaurin
Re: Pipe bag/ chanter position

I have not. Depending on the make of bag, this sounds like it could make the chanter stick out more horizontally and thus would require more effort for you to hold it vertically.
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 05-22-2020, 06:08 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 606
Posted By Patrick McLaurin
Re: Opinions

Thereís no way to tell if theyíre 3/4 from those photos. Got a ruler? Another set of pipes to compare them to?

Whatís wrong with them that they are currently unplayable? If nothing, Iíd say itís...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 05-21-2020, 02:29 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,149
Posted By Patrick McLaurin
Re: German/Medieval Bagpipe

Sounds like great progress to me!
Forum: Technique & Instrument 05-19-2020, 03:38 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 758
Posted By Patrick McLaurin
Re: Experience with Hamish Moore highlands...?

Hit up Tim Gellaitry on Facebook. He has been making for the Moores for a wee while and might have some info.
Forum: Music 05-19-2020, 03:35 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 746
Posted By Patrick McLaurin
Re: Hymn tunebook

https://www.kinnairdbagpipes.com/index.php/products/details/the-church-piper-books

Also a bunch on https://pipetunes.ca
Forum: Technique & Instrument 05-17-2020, 11:33 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,589
Posted By Patrick McLaurin
Re: Ackland 480 Drone Reeds - Play Test, Comparison, & Review!

Whoa, nice! I love the audible tenor harmonics these reeds produce without being buzzy. What a great example.
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 05-16-2020, 07:01 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 344
Posted By Patrick McLaurin
Re: Any music collections for the the "Primitive" (unkeyed) Northumbrian smallpipes?

If you go to my tune book page and scroll to the last one, the G major tune book, you can find some tunes, many northumbrian. Though they are notated for scottish smallpipes. But anyways, quite a few...
Forum: Beer Tent 05-16-2020, 11:05 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,732
Posted By Patrick McLaurin
Re: What tune never gets old to you?

Here’s me playing The Iron Man
https://youtu.be/XuCmWXTSFQ4?t=120

Here’s Brian McNeill playing it
https://youtu.be/Hfg0dajRjSk?t=95
Forum: Beer Tent 05-15-2020, 02:08 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,732
Posted By Patrick McLaurin
Re: What tune never gets old to you?

The Iron Man by James Scott Skinner
Forum: Beer Tent 05-15-2020, 06:14 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 871
Posted By Patrick McLaurin
Re: Shipping Bagpipes within the USA: Tips for Safe Trip

When you insure it, you have to be able to prove its value in the instance of a claim. Thankfully Iíve never had to do that but I would definitely look into what youíd need beforehand.
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 05-08-2020, 08:12 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 951
Posted By Patrick McLaurin
Re: Small Pipe Chanter Reed

An awl should not be used on a smallpipe reed, the bridle is wholly sufficient to do what needs to be done.

In fact, I’ve had no success with an awl on highland reeds. It might be useable on a...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 05-05-2020, 07:43 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 983
Posted By Patrick McLaurin
Re: Older MCC2 chanter playing flat?

In my experience with modifying chanter throats, increasing the ID will flatten high G and high A and sharpen F#. Other than having disturbed the octave, I’m not sure it will change the fundamental...
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