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Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 03-06-2009, 04:19 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,492
Posted By Torphinian
Re: The "Great Tradition" in Pipemaking

Let me state it again:

"the question is not about 'computer' vs. 'hand-crafted'"

Troy and Robin, I'm trying to ask a different question, one that is not "heavily loaded." It's about lines of...
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 03-04-2009, 08:32 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,492
Posted By Torphinian
The "Great Tradition" in Pipemaking

Recently I've been thinking about something I'll like to call the 'Great Tradition' of pipemaking. Here is what I have in mind by that designation. These are contemporary pipemakes who can trace...
Forum: Beer Tent 01-31-2009, 05:55 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,724
Posted By Torphinian
Re: When you just can't play the big pipes...

We have a student at our school who was able to secure a practice room early in the a.m. at the conservatory of music on campus. She even gets called in to play in a World Music class (I used to do...
Forum: Beer Tent 01-24-2009, 06:51 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,310
Posted By Torphinian
Re: Inaugural Parade

Let's not forget also that they actually played!! Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Anthony McGill, and even Aretha Franklin (yes, Aretha!) used canned music. Nothing live, except their presence.

Any...
Forum: Beer Tent 12-28-2008, 03:52 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 662
Posted By Torphinian
Re: The Essential Piping/Drumming Library

Great suggestions! I've begun to put a list together. See what you think. Any other books/DVDs that you would include? Any "clunkers" in this list?:

Music Books

Scots Guards, Vol. 1
Scots...
Forum: Beer Tent 12-27-2008, 02:25 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 662
Posted By Torphinian
The Essential Piping/Drumming Library

Our band is going to be cobbling together a library of tune books, books about piping, and instructional DVDs. If you were the librarian, what would you consider the "essentials"? Obviously Scots...
Forum: Beer Tent 10-27-2008, 07:43 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,827
Posted By Torphinian
Re: Adrian Melvin on Oprah

I spoke to Adrian yesterday about this gig. Since there was no time to rehearse and the program was live, the orchastra and Adrian were instructed not to play - it was just a recording of the...
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 10-24-2008, 09:17 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,658
Posted By Torphinian
Re: Parallel Lines - Alexander Glen and Thomas Gle

So very sorry to hear about your old family friend. For what it's worth to you, we had a thread going sometime back about the Glen shop during the Andrew Ross / Gordon Stobo days which, in my...
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 10-16-2008, 10:19 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,066
Posted By Torphinian
Re: At my pipes for 3 weeks and....

I hated starting up on the pipes. All that good PC practice seemed like it was for naught. Could not get things going with the pipes - and thought that the journey towards piping was at an end. ...
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 10-14-2008, 08:51 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,658
Posted By Torphinian
Re: Parallel Lines - Alexander Glen and Thomas Gle

Absolutely brilliant story, Kilberryroddy! Talisker and Alexander Glen's! Ear to ear grin.

I've been surprised at how few responses there have been to my query. "Glen's" tend to be bunched...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 10-13-2008, 08:34 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,337
Posted By Torphinian
Re: Miracle tape?

Ok, I'm out to buy a new printer!! :lol:

Gene
Forum: Beer Tent 10-13-2008, 08:27 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,155
Posted By Torphinian
Re: PipeBand Etiquette

Have you asked them why they are late? Have you talked to them about how their being late affects others/the band?

I'd suspect that there are issues of personality and band ethos in the middle....
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 10-10-2008, 08:19 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,443
Posted By Torphinian
Re: Tuning Studies

Let me second the call to think about publishing, Bob. With the amount of research you are doing, the narrative which you include here, and the interaction from you post you'll end up with more than...
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 10-08-2008, 02:08 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,658
Posted By Torphinian
Parallel Lines - Alexander Glen and Thomas Glen

Jim McGillivrary just put up some lovely Alexander Glens (http://www.piping.on.ca/browseproducts.asp?catID=146) for sale which set me wondering about the two lines of Glen pipes, the one by Thomas...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 10-06-2008, 07:11 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,337
Posted By Torphinian
Re: Miracle tape?

pancelticpiper said: "And- this may stike people as odd- it takes less Gaffer's tape to flatten a note. If you have to cover 1/3rd of a hole with electical tape you'll find that you only have to...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 10-04-2008, 05:56 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,337
Posted By Torphinian
Re: Miracle tape?

I like the clear stuff on offer at Toneczar.com - but even this improvement over electrical tape leaves a bit of residue (NB: the pic on Chris' sight is the black tape - but read his caption). ...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 10-01-2008, 05:49 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,183
Posted By Torphinian
Re: Adjustable Blow Pipes - What's your opinion?

Well hush my mouth! If Gillies and McGillivary love it, what can one say! Mind you, Chris Armstong, Angus MacColl, Gordon Walker and Willie McCallum don't use this type of gadget. That they do or...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 10-01-2008, 03:12 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,183
Posted By Torphinian
Re: Adjustable Blow Pipes - What's your opinion?

Too long or too short - easily fixed with a proper length mouthpiece. These things come in a variety of lengths which should preclude needing to do all that cutting and fixing the thingies. Cost? ...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 10-01-2008, 12:49 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,183
Posted By Torphinian
Re: Adjustable Blow Pipes - What's your opinion?

Leaks, funny positions, questionable quality at times - good arguments for adjustable blowsticks??!? There is nothing like the real-deal from the piper maker! Lovely matching beading and combing,...
Forum: Beer Tent 09-01-2008, 02:31 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,835
Posted By Torphinian
Re: Broken hearted

X-Ray, sometimes those who do repairs have a collection of drone sections from various makes of old pipes. I'm wondering if it would be possible to put out a call to see who might have a tenor drone...
Forum: Beer Tent 08-31-2008, 11:52 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,035
Posted By Torphinian
Re: Worlds 2008 CD's

Complete recordings on their site, not just mp3 clips!

Gene
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 07-23-2008, 01:34 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,600
Posted By Torphinian
Re: playing on the beat

John mentioned in an early post that a LOUD metronome helps. My instructor suggests his students play with the thing plugged into computer speakers. VERY LOUD that way and it does indeed help!
...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 07-22-2008, 11:12 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,325
Posted By Torphinian
Re: Other Seasoning in a Gannaway

Yup, that's the way mine was. Corked it, blew it up, and it sat there nice and hard. But, let a little air out and -- kashush! But the glue failure was pretty substantial on mine, so much so that...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 07-22-2008, 09:52 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,325
Posted By Torphinian
Re: Other Seasoning in a Gannaway

Check the glue that holds the zipper to the bag. Two bags in the band went not long ago (mine included) and this was the problem area. The odd thing was that the leak was only evident when the bag...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 07-21-2008, 11:40 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,657
Posted By Torphinian
Re: All in the Bag

Played full synthetic (Ross), a leather with rubber collars and a zip (Gannaway), and goat (Inveran, which they say is like the sheep, but lasts longer).

Gimme the goat! The pipes come alive in a...
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