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Forum: Technique & Instrument 05-30-2020, 12:28 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 355
Posted By William McKenzie
Re: Tuning to High A

It is my opinion that anything flat is not in tune, i.e. it is incorrect and sounds awful. Both A's should be balanced and 1 octave apart, however you prefer to achieve this (taping down other notes...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 05-25-2020, 01:45 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 416
Posted By William McKenzie
Re: Play test & Review Maverick Practice Chanter

The wood and the fit and finish on these is excellent. Polished stainless is my favorite I think.

It is still not in scale :shrug:
Forum: Technique & Instrument 05-24-2020, 01:05 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,439
Posted By William McKenzie
Forum: Technique & Instrument 05-04-2020, 09:10 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 821
Posted By William McKenzie
Re: Older MCC2 chanter playing flat?

Same experience here. I played one for several years and it was usually around 474hz but can be higher. I would suggest something like a G1 reed in it, I think you'd find it resting up around 478hz....
Forum: Trading Post Archive 05-04-2020, 01:54 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 160
Posted By William McKenzie
FS: MacDougall 'Breadalbane' Delrin GHB, Extras, Rocket Reeds - $1050

McGillivray/Dunbar reproduction MacDougall sticks and stocks in Delrin with imitation ivory mounts and hand engraved ferrules by David Davidse of Truehand. Offering these alongside a matched chanter...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 05-04-2020, 12:38 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 540
Posted By William McKenzie
Re: Selbie inverted bass

I ordered new tongues for my Selbies and it didn't make much of a difference but it was nice to know they were all in like new condition (old tongues were years and years old). I like the Selbie...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 05-02-2020, 12:13 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,548
Posted By William McKenzie
Re: Ridge or straight cut, which to you prefer?

This is a good point. I have little doubt that for bands it is ridge cut but for solo I'd bet it's at least 50/50 if not weighted toward moulded.
Forum: Technique & Instrument 05-01-2020, 10:55 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,548
Posted By William McKenzie
Re: Ridge or straight cut, which to you prefer?

My sense has been that straight cut reeds have more 'bark' to them, a thicker, sweeter tone typically especially in the high hand. Ridge cuts tend to be brighter, more sharp, less rounded in tone...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 04-30-2020, 12:56 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,006
Posted By William McKenzie
Re: Bag fullness.

I would just add that you should do what feels most comfortable while maintaining constant pressure.

I think it's generally accepted that a full bag is the most efficient but some find it more...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 04-29-2020, 05:03 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 685
Posted By William McKenzie
Re: Humid Chanter Top vs Just Leaving Chanter in Pipes

I suppose it matters what climate you live in, I would have thought it wouldn't make much difference? I don't know. The setup I made with a bin and 84% Boveda pack has worked very well for active...
Forum: Music 04-27-2020, 09:54 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 864
Posted By William McKenzie
Re: 10 part reels

The Johnstone setting is how I heard you play it Patrick. It's stuck with me ever since. I just listened to the other versions you linked and I can't say I like them. I've always had the Johnstone...
Forum: Music 04-27-2020, 12:18 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 864
Posted By William McKenzie
Re: 10 part reels

Ever since I heard Charlie's Welcome on one of Patrick's recordings 10 years ago I have been in love with that tune. If there are more parts to it that would be brilliant!
Forum: Beer Tent 04-24-2020, 02:06 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,271
Posted By William McKenzie
Re: Games cancellations

Just had a look at the BCPA website for us here in BC, WA, OR and greater NW..

https://i.imgur.com/RKbLi9Nh.png
Forum: Webmaster & Software 04-21-2020, 09:11 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,400
Posted By William McKenzie
Re: Choice of pipe music engraving software?

I hear you about the flattened beams, that is annoying and makes me miss BMW :/ I actually leave off the key signatures, tempo markings, etc. That's my doing. Like most software you build these from...
Forum: Webmaster & Software 04-21-2020, 08:01 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,400
Posted By William McKenzie
Re: Choice of pipe music engraving software?

Has anyone checked out Ensemble? https://www.thisisensemble.com/

I cannot recommend it enough. I have only had it a few weeks and it has changed my piping life, 100%. I do not have any financial...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 04-21-2020, 12:16 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 284
Posted By William McKenzie
Re: Trapdri cleaning

I found a plug in "tea kettle" works well for this. The vinyl tubing that they use is pretty thick and hard to work with but running some near boiling water over it softens it enough to be workable...
Forum: Trading Post Archive 04-20-2020, 10:24 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 111
Posted By William McKenzie
WTB: Colin Kyo Chanter

Laminate or more recent ABW, Poly versions. Thanks!

Please stay safe out there and happy piping.
Forum: Music 04-18-2020, 05:56 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 756
Posted By William McKenzie
Re: flat high A

Agreed. In tune and slightly disappearing.
Forum: Technique & Instrument 04-18-2020, 04:43 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,089
Posted By William McKenzie
Re: What are the Practice Chanters with true scale, 2020?

My fellow Oregonians :) Hope you're both safe and doing well.

I thought about trying an electronic practice chanter again, last time didn't go very well and it was discouraging. Which one do you...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 04-18-2020, 03:24 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 777
Posted By William McKenzie
Re: G1 chanter for solo

Jim if you're able to would you be willing to post a side by side picture for us?

ABW McC2, Peter Henderson, Shepherd Mk3. D holes lined up with a pencil-

https://i.imgur.com/Fe261Oth.jpg
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Forum: Technique & Instrument 04-17-2020, 07:02 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,089
Posted By William McKenzie
Re: What are the Practice Chanters with true scale, 2020?

I don't mean offense by this but we'll discuss things like false notes that aren't applicable and have been beaten to death over the years.. yet no one cares about the actual practice instrument we...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 04-15-2020, 02:12 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 513
Posted By William McKenzie
Re: Tapered/Flared Stocks

This question comes up every now and again and I'm not sure there's ever been any agreement on outcomes.

I personally think Dr. Kidd was onto something just like I think Mark Lee was onto...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 04-14-2020, 05:17 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 777
Posted By William McKenzie
Re: G1 chanter for solo

Curious what this sounds like. The other G1 chanters are fairly bright and tack sharp. If the spacing is close to a Shepherd Mk3 or a Colin Kyo and the sound is a bit fuller it could be a serious...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 04-14-2020, 01:52 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,651
Posted By William McKenzie
Re: How is this piper achieving these notes?

On a practice chanter. When one says 'notes on a chanter' you are essentially saying the chanter on the pipes themselves. Not unlike "what's that song.." :thumb: It's "what's that tune". Similar but...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 04-13-2020, 01:39 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,651
Posted By William McKenzie
Re: How is this piper achieving these notes?

Yeah, the practice chanter and the pipe chanter are totally different. Practice chanters are very basic, are not typically in tune to any real scale, but work well to help memorize tunes for the big...
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