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Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 11-16-2019, 08:26 AM
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Posted By Steve Bliven
Pipers Gathering Yard Sale

Each year, at its annual event, the Pipers Gathering holds a Yard Sale of instruments, books, recordings, etc. This year there's a Holiday Yard Sale being held on the Gathering web site. ...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 08-24-2019, 06:07 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,683
Posted By Steve Bliven
Re: Alex Currie's pipes

As an interesting sidenote, the A=440 was formalized by the Treaty of Versailles which ended World War I. See http://capionlarsen.com/history-pitch/ for a more thorough discussion of what A= over...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 08-23-2019, 04:11 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,683
Posted By Steve Bliven
Re: Alex Currie's pipes

Same response as before probably applies. Check with Barry Shears. He still remembers more about Cape Breton piping than the rest put together.


Best wishes.


Steve
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 07-27-2019, 02:02 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 810
Posted By Steve Bliven
Re: Shuttle pipes before John Walsh

Dave Shaw advertises shuttle pipes, although his web site says he is not currently taking orders. Not sure whether that meets your criterion of "producer".


Best wishes.


Steve
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 07-27-2019, 08:04 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 554
Posted By Steve Bliven
Re: 2019 Pipers Gathering in Litchfield, CT

No Waldo this year?


Best wishes.


Steve
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 06-24-2019, 08:56 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 726
Posted By Steve Bliven
Re: Case for Smallpipes

Hey Waldo, how many times have I said, "Don't practice your birls on the keyboard".... :wave:
Best wishes.


Steve
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 05-28-2019, 04:13 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,108
Posted By Steve Bliven
Re: Colin Ross RIP

Sorry, meant to say "one of the 'inventors' of the Scottish Smallpipes" (but couldn't find how to edit my message).


Best wishes.


Steve
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 05-28-2019, 02:53 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,108
Posted By Steve Bliven
Colin Ross RIP

Word is spreading that Colin Ross has passed. Sad to hear. Long noted for his Northumbrian pipes and as the "inventor" of the modern Scottish Smallpipes.



Be well.


Steve
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 05-15-2019, 05:33 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 974
Posted By Steve Bliven
Re: Smallpipes & Whistle

An A whistle would be my first choice. Although you'd be missing that low leading note that's generally an easy work-around. Or you could play in the second register if you really needed that...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 04-29-2019, 11:36 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 801
Posted By Steve Bliven
Re: Northumbrian pipe makers?

There is also the Pipers Gathering http://www.pipersgathering.org in CT in August (Andy May scheduled to be there) and another gathering in the Albany, NY area which regularly includes a half dozen...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 04-26-2019, 06:22 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,476
Posted By Steve Bliven
Re: SSPs with keys?

Except in movies like Braveheart.....:woot:


Best wishes.


Steve
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 04-16-2019, 06:34 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,032
Posted By Steve Bliven
Re: LBPS Tutor Useful For Mouth-blown SSPs?

Still not clear on what are using to differentiate between the two...


Best wishes.


Steve
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 04-15-2019, 06:21 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,032
Posted By Steve Bliven
Re: LBPS Tutor Useful For Mouth-blown SSPs?

Not clear on how you are differentiating between "lowland pipes" and "smallpipes". Would you elaborate?


Best wishes.


Steve
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 03-21-2019, 07:09 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 554
Posted By Steve Bliven
2019 Pipers Gathering in Litchfield, CT

Registration for the Pipers Gathering, held in Litchfield, CT on 1618 August, 2019, will open on 25 March with early bird prices if you register before 30 March. SSP instruction from Barry...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 02-27-2019, 06:27 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,345
Posted By Steve Bliven
Re: Trouble making chanter reeds - advice?

Music teachers don't retire, they just get out of tune....:wave:


Best wishes.


Steve
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 02-19-2019, 04:31 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,413
Posted By Steve Bliven
Re: C natural Key or Back hole on chanter which is better?

Reminds me a bit of Rube Goldberg.....


Best wishes.


Steve
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 01-08-2019, 07:22 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 686
Posted By Steve Bliven
Re: Smallpipe reed question

And if'n you're inclined to try it yourself using Michael's methodology, here's an article from some years back about how he goes about it http://pipersgathering.org/apna_old/?page_id=1557 (scroll...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 11-06-2018, 07:25 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 464
Posted By Steve Bliven
Re: Dumfries piping pig

The Bagpipe Society's journal, "Chanter" has hosted several articles in the past about piping pigs. One is at http://www.bagpipesociety.org.uk/articles/2003/chanter/winter/pipes-pigs-plato/ (scroll...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 10-28-2018, 02:37 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 992
Posted By Steve Bliven
Re: Hemping Firesides

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


Best wishes


Steve
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 10-24-2018, 04:58 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 508
Posted By Steve Bliven
Re: Slurring or Tonguing

Yes. Your mouth doesn't touch the chanter on bagpipes so you don't have the option of stopping the airflow orally. Most articulation is done with finger movements rather than breath control (as you...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 10-21-2018, 09:21 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 774
Posted By Steve Bliven
Re: How much quiter

I wonder where the other half of the harmonics go. Is there like a storehouse of unused harmonics somewhere?


Best wishes,


Steve
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 10-20-2018, 08:31 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 774
Posted By Steve Bliven
Re: How much quiter

Should also add that, with a cylindrical bore rather than the conical bore of highland and border pipes, small pipes have a lower pitch and "rounder" sound that doesn't carry through walls as much.
...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 10-01-2018, 10:14 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,319
Posted By Steve Bliven
Re: Where to buy gortex gaita bags

Another possibility might be Mike Mac Harg in VT. He advertises "custom sizes" for Gaita bags.


http://www.weepiper.com/bags.htm (http://www.weepiper.com/bags.htm)


Best wishes.


Steve
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 09-07-2018, 12:33 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 856
Posted By Steve Bliven
Re: new book of dance music available

Aw, it's much more fun to congratulate you here, in public. :thumb:


Best wishes,


Steve
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 06-28-2018, 07:22 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,006
Posted By Steve Bliven
Re: Tying In a Common Stock...

Another factor to consider is how condensation from the breath affects smallpipe reeds. These are much smaller, more delicate, and more easily offended by moisture from the breath than their coarser...
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