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Forum: Competing Pipers 02-19-2020, 09:17 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 795
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: Solo chanter

I was recently invited to play with a local fire dept pipe band and found out that they are playing poly McC2 chanters pitched at 475 Hz. I had shown up at their band practice with my band poly...
Forum: Beer Tent 02-10-2020, 07:56 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,642
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: How many sets do you own?

Three -

1982 ABW Kintail KB-3 - this was my first set, purchased direct from Grieg Sharpe. My instructor, a professional piper, recommended Kintail at the time. Kintail had its problems over the...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 02-05-2020, 08:26 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 904
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: Deura Reed Problem

Well said. When I first started taking lessons many years ago, almost all the other students my instructor had already played other musical instruments, so had a big advantage in reading the music. ...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 01-30-2020, 07:29 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 904
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: Deura Reed Problem

You're welcome, glad to help. You might also go on YouTube and search Pakistani Bagpipe Challenge. A number of pipers some time ago took up the challenge to get a set of Pakistani-made bagpipes and...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 01-29-2020, 06:20 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 904
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: Deura Reed Problem

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Forum: Beer Tent 01-29-2020, 08:21 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 549
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: Tuner?

Blair HBT-2 tuner. I just switched out the reeds in both my solo chanter and band chanter to prepare for the new season. Used the HBT-2 tuner to set my solo chanter (ABW McCallum McC2) to 475 Hz,...
Forum: Beer Tent 01-12-2020, 10:48 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,546
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: World-renown Bagpiper coming to Scott Middle School...

To quote (paraphrase) the Piping Times of yore - "Americans have their own views and resent the intrusion of Reality!"

Cheers -

Wes
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 01-11-2020, 09:40 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,366
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: Funeral piping for presidents and prime ministers

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2npzAKnI2bQ

A piper played for President Gerald Ford's funeral.

Cheers -

Wes
Forum: Beer Tent 12-22-2019, 07:19 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,838
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: PM on the rampage!

Can't imagine any competitive pipe band PM doing this as he would be destroying band property. Counterproductive IMHO. I did see a Grade III PM some years ago take a young piper's chanter out of...
Forum: Music 12-11-2019, 08:49 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,062
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: Lament at funerals

Do you have favourite Lament? Why?

I prefer either Cha Till Mac Crumein or Hector the Hero (Cape Breton setting). My preference is for Gaelic tunes. I am the direct descendant on both sides of...
Forum: Music 11-26-2019, 03:23 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,531
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: Mull of Kintyre - rant

It does kind of grow on you. Over the years I can recall having it requested for two funerals and a wedding. Earlier this month it was in the set of tunes for a workshop that had Jack Lee as the...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 11-05-2019, 07:42 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,090
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: How many sets do you 'run' at a time?

I have two sets going, play them both every day now that I am retired. My band set is ABW Dunbar (Selbie drone reeds) with McCallum poly chanter, my solo set is vintage Henderson (Canning drone...
Forum: Beer Tent 10-09-2019, 09:06 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,182
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: Takeaway tips from botched gigs?

You do your best to prepare, but sometimes the unexpected happens! I once was hired to play for a memorial service at a funeral home. At the time I was breaking in a brand new bagpipe I had just...
Forum: Competing Pipers 09-11-2019, 08:23 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,220
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: Solo Competition Breakdown

I was competing at the Arlington TX Highland Games in the late 19890s, playing Captain Norman Orr Ewing in Grade IV March. I was going into the fourth measure, everything going well, when unnoticed...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 09-05-2019, 08:16 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 967
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: Ebay custom Edenbourl bagpipes

They look like McCallum.

Cheers -

Wes
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 09-05-2019, 08:14 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,024
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: Outlander tartans

"Why didn't they just use MacKay if they wanted that look? Why design their own tartan?"

Probably because knowledgeable folks would have known that the Mackays were loyalists in the '45, providing...
Forum: Beer Tent 08-26-2019, 11:59 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,395
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: Head shakers

Not to mention the badly grammatical Gaelic encountered at the various museums throughout the Highlands. Typical was the "Son of Aoidh" example at the Mackay museum in Strahnaver. It's not Son of...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 08-21-2019, 10:21 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 827
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: Adjustable blowpipe ID

It looks like a Crisler, at least from what I've seen in Sean Regan's video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZnoXtqH_BE

Cheers -

Wes
Forum: Beer Tent 08-21-2019, 07:56 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,590
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: Worlds - filling and test their bags

Yes, having to play four times this year made a big difference. One placing outside the top four was enough to drop a couple of Grade I bands. I was surprised one band I heard with an outstanding...
Forum: Beer Tent 08-17-2019, 09:29 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,590
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: Worlds - filling and test their bags

Saw a couple of pipers bow out during the march up to the line in the Grade I Worlds this morning. I've only played in Grade III and IV competition bands, but the PMs I played for, even in the lower...
Forum: Beer Tent 08-16-2019, 12:56 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,590
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: Worlds - filling and test their bags

I noticed that this year, too, but thought that it was to check the drone reeds to make sure that they will strike in properly when the time comes. Perhaps I am mistaken?

Cheers -

Wes
Forum: Technique & Instrument 08-15-2019, 07:30 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 706
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: Favorite solo reed?

Have been playing Macphee since the late 1980s. Won me a number of solo prizes when I was younger and competing. Donald still makes outstanding reeds, see no reason to try any others.

Cheers -
...
Forum: Beer Tent 08-13-2019, 10:57 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,395
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: Head shakers

A few years ago I was hired by a very large church to play Highland Cathedral with their orchestra. I took the opportunity to show up early for the rehearsal as the sanctuary had good acoustics and...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 07-24-2019, 07:33 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 937
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: Bass drone goes out of tune quickly

I play Selbies in my band bagpipe, ABW Dunbar, outstanding tone. You cannot go wrong playing the full set of Selbies.

Cheers -

Wes
Forum: Music 07-10-2019, 07:13 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,828
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: "Outlander Tunes"

Not to mention dropping a monolingual English Speaker into a society that is largely monolingual Gaelic speaking. Also, a 20th century individual would have a very hard time, language differences...
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