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Forum: Technique & Instrument 10-03-2019, 05:47 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 703
Posted By Glenurquhart
Re: Top Pipers' Setup

I don't know how many top pipers play cane but I think that a first-class setup with cane is still hard to beat. I started with cane in the 1970's and am now returning to cane since I tested Yves...
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 09-15-2019, 03:34 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,046
Posted By Glenurquhart
Re: The Highland Pipe and Scottish Society, London, 1840s

Possibly unemployed and unmarried daughters?
Forum: Technique & Instrument 09-08-2019, 04:26 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 628
Posted By Glenurquhart
Re: Refurbishment advice

Depending on how old and rare your set is don't go for a "complete overhaul" that would include "refreshing" the combing and beading and the mounts: this will definitely spoil your set, and there...
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 09-08-2019, 04:15 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 978
Posted By Glenurquhart
Re: Hardie or MacDougal

Be careful, though. Many pipes are supposed to be "MacDougall's" which aren't. Post pictures and ask for comments from those who are familiar with authentic (= stamped) MacDougall pipes!
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 09-08-2019, 04:11 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,046
Posted By Glenurquhart
Re: The Highland Pipe and Scottish Society, London, 1840s

Hopefully Keith Sanger will post a reply. If he doesn't know about this topic who else would?
Forum: Technique & Instrument 08-11-2019, 05:01 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 14,257
Posted By Glenurquhart
Re: New set by Pierre Blanchet

I wish I could; I have several unstamped 19th-century chanters that I cannot attribute. The single scribe line on the bulb is unusual, I would need to browse through a lot of pictures for a check of...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 08-09-2019, 03:06 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 14,257
Posted By Glenurquhart
Re: New set by Pierre Blanchet

Pierre Blanchet has asked me to summarize the following information in English in response to Ar Sonerís comment:

The request of a limited number of reproductions of the NMS MacDonald set was...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 08-08-2019, 04:38 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 14,257
Posted By Glenurquhart
Re: New set by Pierre Blanchet

Hugh Cheape told me that he could not remember that such a restriction was issued when he was in charge at the NMS but Pierre Blanchet is absolutely positive about this and he has no reason to invent...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 08-07-2019, 02:41 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,493
Posted By Glenurquhart
Re: Anyone know these pipes, wood? Maker?

I don't think so. Too well-made, real dark hardwood (not stained), and a special design that would hardly be expected from a pipe made in Pakistan
Forum: Technique & Instrument 08-06-2019, 04:32 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 14,257
Posted By Glenurquhart
Re: New set by Pierre Blanchet

Your chanter is not mid-1800's but consistent with sole and bulb patterns around 1880-90, give or take. That does not make it less interesting and it should be much easier to find a properly working...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 08-01-2019, 05:45 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 14,257
Posted By Glenurquhart
Re: New set by Pierre Blanchet

Of course there was no standard pitch of any kind. Flutes from Joseph MacDonald's time had up to nine interchangeable mid-sections compensating pitch variations up to nearly a minor third. The...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 07-31-2019, 10:05 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 14,257
Posted By Glenurquhart
Re: New set by Pierre Blanchet

By the way Patrick Molard has recently recorded piobaireachd on a reproduction set after Malcolm MacGregor set up for nominal A 440. The sound is hautingly beautiful at this low pitch, unfortunately...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 07-31-2019, 09:56 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 14,257
Posted By Glenurquhart
Re: New set by Pierre Blanchet

At the time when Pierre measured the MacDonald pipes in the NMS the NMS restricted the number of reproductions to four sets. However, ex-curator Hugh Cheape cannot remember any such restriction, but...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 07-31-2019, 05:59 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 14,257
Posted By Glenurquhart
Re: New set by Pierre Blanchet

Pierre was allowed to make only four reproductions of the NMS MacDonald set, one of these four being Patrick's pipe. He has made reproductions of two other MacDonald pipes, both from my collection:...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 07-31-2019, 05:44 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 14,257
Posted By Glenurquhart
Re: New set by Pierre Blanchet

Who is the maker of your chanter? I havee encountered this problem any times and it varies a lot depending on the maker, the vintage and the intended pitch and scale of the chanter.
Forum: Technique & Instrument 07-10-2019, 02:57 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,452
Posted By Glenurquhart
Re: Does different price mean different quality?

Julian could actually not tell exactly what kind of wood the original is made of, nor could I with any certainty (I have inspected these pipes twice). It looks like boxwood but it could rather be...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 07-07-2019, 04:59 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,183
Posted By Glenurquhart
Re: John Ban Mackenzie bagpipes

Yes, obviously there were no standard scales nor a standard pitch - and no pipe bands either with a demand for tuned chanters. Redundant characteristics of many early (ca. pre-1820) chanters are...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 07-07-2019, 02:33 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,183
Posted By Glenurquhart
Re: John Ban Mackenzie bagpipes

I have two MacKenzie chanters, both are made of Gaboon ebony (as every MacKenzie chanter that I have seen so far) and their construction and ivory bulb design are different. I cannot tell which would...
Forum: Beer Tent 07-05-2019, 04:51 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,276
Posted By Glenurquhart
Re: Are replica pipes comparable to the original?

The setup changes everything. A "quiet" pipe reeded with cane or elder won't be "quiet" anymore...
I enjoy playing both the originals and reproductions, both are just an entirely different matter.
Forum: Beer Tent 07-04-2019, 06:53 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,276
Posted By Glenurquhart
Re: Are replica pipes comparable to the original?

So far eight sets from my collection have been copied (unknown pipe ca. 1780, Donald MacDonald 1,Donald MacDonald 2, Donald MacDonald Pastoral pipe, Malcolm MacGregor, Thomas Glen, Allan MacDougall,...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 07-02-2019, 02:14 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,183
Posted By Glenurquhart
Re: John Ban Mackenzie bagpipes

Great pictures. Yes, the stock and bulb seem to match. I love the details of the ivory-mounted bulb. I also love the seasoning, I wish I could find such a tin for my collection. I have a Robertson...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 06-28-2019, 04:32 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,183
Posted By Glenurquhart
Re: John Ban Mackenzie bagpipes

Hi, this is a difficult matter. I have personally inspected the two MacKenzie pipes in the former COP museum, a full-size set in cocuswood allegedly made by John Ban because it was found with a...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 04-06-2019, 01:01 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,582
Posted By Glenurquhart
Re: Additional note wish list.

Interestingly the original chanter of Malcolm MacGregor's prize pipe of 1813 was fitted with two keys, including high B - but the keys are no longer present. A GHB chanter made around 1840 by John...
Forum: Beer Tent 03-25-2019, 01:57 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,225
Posted By Glenurquhart
Re: Pakistani Bagpipe Challenge

While modern bagpipes made in Pakistan are what they are supposed to be early products from Sialkot made under British rule were much better, and some are actually rather good. Recently I bought and...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 03-10-2019, 06:40 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,315
Posted By Glenurquhart
Re: Want Estimated Value on a Set of Pipe

Pre-WW2 full silver is much rarer than late 20th-century full silver, less people could afford such a set in the earlier 1900's, let alone the 19th century. Depending on condition a classic and fully...
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