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Forum: Pipe Bands 11-12-2019, 12:53 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 934
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Rehearsal "activities"

Missed starts and stops are something that drives me CRAZY, but there's a limit to how much time you can spend on it at practice. Depending on the level of the band, that may be something you can...
Forum: Beer Tent 11-12-2019, 12:35 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,573
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Glenfiddich pipes and chanter makes?

I don't think professional-level solo competitors are worrying about a given number. I think they do mostly want to stay within the same general range where their peers are pitching. They don't want...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 11-12-2019, 12:25 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,382
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: How many sets do you 'run' at a time?

Yup, that's how it works for me. I don't want to own more sets than I have time to play. I'd also prefer not to switch between instruments any more often than I need to. I really, really like my #1...
Forum: Beer Tent 11-05-2019, 11:43 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,780
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Kilts and proper kilts, Oy vey ist meir....

When you perform, your appearance isn't for you, it's for the audience. Give them what they want, and/or what they're paying for. If you're competing in a pipe band, that'll be one thing, if you're...
Forum: Beer Tent 11-05-2019, 11:35 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,573
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Glenfiddich pipes and chanter makes?

Some players have opted for modern instruments because of the craziness surrounding travel with ivory. Some are involved in designing/making modern instruments, and some have endorsement deals. Some...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 11-05-2019, 11:30 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,382
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: How many sets do you 'run' at a time?

#1 - Played in competition and for indoor and good-weather gigs. Unfortunately, has ivory on it, and thus can't travel outside of the country.

#2 - Played in competition/gigs outside the US. It's...
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 11-05-2019, 11:21 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,006
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Wimps, Unite!

Anyone who tells you that you can only get stability/volume/tone/whatever out of a hard reed doesn't know what they're talking about. You won't get any of that out of a reed that's too hard for YOU. ...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 10-29-2019, 01:58 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 668
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: How Can You Tell Which McCallum Chanter You Have?

I suspect that's a Mk 3, but yeah, they'll be able to quickly give you a definitive answer.
Forum: Beer Tent 10-28-2019, 10:39 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 683
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Can I ship a pipe with ivory mounts to the USA?

I don't believe the de minimis exception applies to imports (only to non-commercial use, or offering the item for sale internationally from within the United States).

My understanding of the...
Forum: Beer Tent 10-25-2019, 11:15 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 683
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Can I ship a pipe with ivory mounts to the USA?

My understanding is that all commercial import of ivory into the United States has been banned. Non-commercial importation is still permitted, with a permit.
...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 10-25-2019, 10:58 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,290
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: How to Obtain Good Chanter Reeds

This. You can't get a good sound from a reed that's the wrong strength, and strength isn't the only variable in sound.
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 10-21-2019, 11:12 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 802
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Wrist trouble and positioning

Pay attention to where your arm contacts the bag, too. Having your wrist pressing against the bag can be a source of tension/compression.
Forum: Beer Tent 10-21-2019, 11:10 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,416
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Takeaway tips from botched gigs?

That's only funny when it happens to someone else... :grin::grin:
Forum: Technique & Instrument 10-15-2019, 10:39 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 839
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Early Henderson bore sizes

Assuming you've done the easy stuff (maintenance, trying different reeds, etc), I'd strongly suggest finding a pipe maker willing to make a project of working with you on this set. There are lots of...
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 10-11-2019, 11:50 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 945
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Getting back the saddle!

This subject makes me irrationally angry, mostly because it keeps coming up...

NOBODY SHOULD PLAY A REED THAT'S TOO HARD FOR THEM. Period. Nobody who inflicts a too-hard reed on their students...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 10-11-2019, 11:31 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 783
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Hole-spacing whistle vs. GHB

Exactly what Callum said. I can remember being a young piper and finding it stressful to switch between band and solo chanters, and worrying about being to produce exactly the execution that I wanted...
Forum: Beer Tent 10-08-2019, 01:20 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,416
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Takeaway tips from botched gigs?

Don't take gigs that you don't really want to do. You'll resent the preparation.

When you do perform, be as prepared as you can possibly be. That means knowing yourself and your instrument well...
Forum: Beer Tent 10-08-2019, 01:15 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,058
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Why is it still ivory that's No.1?

Just comes down to personal preference. There are some really nice-looking artificial ivories being used right now. I don't tend to like the ones that look very obviously like plastic. I have a...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 09-30-2019, 10:26 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,290
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: How to Obtain Good Chanter Reeds

It's important to learn to adjust reeds. Highland pipe reeds are not made to suit a particular chanter and can only approximate the end-user's blowing pressure. It's not reasonable to expect that all...
Forum: Beer Tent 09-17-2019, 01:21 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,904
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Gordon Walker

Some of us have young students, some of us have children who play, some of us play in bands with kids. I think discussing how to deal with situations like this is entirely on-topic, as long as the...
Forum: Competing Pipers 09-17-2019, 01:03 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,024
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Solo Competition Breakdown

I can't think of any specific instances that stand out. Just the usual stupid stuff: letting my mind wander, resulting in blooters, forgetting which tune was selected in an MSR or S/R, missing a...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 09-17-2019, 12:55 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 6,484
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: "B" Flat Set up

I think there are more b-flat chanters on the market now because the ever-higher pitches of competition chanters have created a demand for a separate product that can be played with other...
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 09-09-2019, 11:00 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,068
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Hardie or MacDougal

No. Some did and some didn't. It's not an exclusively MacDougall characteristic, either.
Forum: Competing Pipers 09-09-2019, 10:56 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 4,672
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Most frequent/overplayed tunes for solo competitions

This year's was particularly bad. I think the drive to play 6 or 8-parted tunes is contributing to a lot of the duplication. Particularly in the reels, there just aren't that many of them that are...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 09-09-2019, 10:52 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 6,484
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: "B" Flat Set up

Lots of pipers want to play with other instrumentalists, and there are plenty of gigs out there for those who can.

Competition pitches have reached a point where it's impractical to have one...
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