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Forum: Beer Tent 03-14-2019, 12:16 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,223
Posted By Don Smith
Re: Pakistani Bagpipe Challenge

This has actually been done with head to head comparisons.

http://forums.bobdunsire.com/forums/showthread.php?t=131354


Don
Forum: Technique & Instrument 02-27-2019, 10:16 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 924
Posted By Don Smith
Re: Dominant Naill drones - which reeds to use?

If its just the tenor closest to your ear, its probably an indication that the reed in that drone is too open and needs the bridle moved to close it down. This will also quiet the reed. Alternately,...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 02-21-2019, 05:03 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,374
Posted By Don Smith
Re: Chanter bias?

Something to consider.....different reeds go better with certain chanters, and the same is true with matching chanters to drones. The right combination makes all the difference in the world....
Forum: Beer Tent 12-19-2018, 09:07 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,827
Posted By Don Smith
Re: L&M Non-Zips - any left out there?

I have a NOS med that has never been used I ran across in my piping stuff the other day
Forum: Technique & Instrument 12-06-2016, 11:15 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,314
Posted By Don Smith
Carving Low G

My trusty solo chanter is going on 20 years old now and starting to hit the pitch limit as it now stands. I have to sink the reed in too far to get the low hand up to pitch causing too much tape on...
Forum: Trading Post Archive 06-22-2016, 09:38 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 208
Posted By Don Smith
FS: McCallum Engraved Alloy ABW GHB, 2006 - $1,300

These pipes are and exceptional sounding set of McCallum bagpipes made from very nice quality, well seasoned blackwood. Sold as sticks and stocks as pictured. They are in pristine condition except...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 05-27-2016, 07:23 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 527
Posted By Don Smith
Where have the conical nylon bristle chanter brushes gone?

I haven't bought one of these in some time because I had several of them. Lately I've been looking for one for one of my students and I can't find them for sale anywhere in North America. The only...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 05-17-2016, 11:23 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 746
Posted By Don Smith
Ideas on opening up cracks on bagpipes for repair

I've done a lot of bagpipe repair work over the years, but one thing that I still haven't found a good solution for is opening up cracks that have closed, so that they can be properly assessed and...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 04-26-2016, 08:06 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,827
Posted By Don Smith
Re: playing mixed drones

Interesting...... What was the reasoning behind this? More subdued inside, more presence outside?

I have seen swapping the bottom joint turn a mediocre bagpipe into a great one. Interested in...
Forum: Bass Sections 09-18-2015, 09:49 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 804
Posted By Don Smith
claymore tenor drums

can anyone give me some information on claim or tenor drums? also how many tension rod should a claymore it tenor drum have on it. the one I recently purchased used has 7 tension rods and it seems to...
Forum: Music 08-20-2015, 12:43 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,304
Posted By Don Smith
Re: Pipe music for the Little drummer boy

Thanks everyone for all your help! I was able to find a version and arrange it to suit my needs. I appreciate all the great suggestions and arrangements.

Cheers,

Don
Forum: Music 08-19-2015, 12:03 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,304
Posted By Don Smith
Pipe music for the Little drummer boy

I have been asked to play the little drummer boy on pipes for a Christmas concert this year. I have heard the tune on pipes and it sits pretty well on the pipes or I wouldn't be asking.

Can you...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 08-18-2015, 09:01 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 18,887
Posted By Don Smith
Re: MacRae reproductions

I would be very interested to know Stuart and Willie's reed set up as well. I would also like to know Stuart's chanter and chanter reed combo. If anyone knows, please give the heads up.

Cheers,
...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 01-03-2015, 06:14 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,111
Posted By Don Smith
Warnock or Chesney reeds?

Mr Chesney has previously sold his reads under the Warnock name. I noticed now that they're being advertised as Chesney reads. Is he producing two models of reeds, or are these the same reads, and...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 08-15-2014, 11:05 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 528
Posted By Don Smith
Name that tune! (piping live)

Can anyone name the March Stewart is playing at about 9:46 in this video? The name is on the tip of my mind but can't think of it and it's driving be nuts!
...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 05-27-2014, 07:16 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 820
Posted By Don Smith
Re: Chanter repair pitch drop

hmmm....... I have heard of adding a rush to lower pitch, and that increasing the diameter lowers the pitch which are opposite actions, I wonder which one it is?

Don
Forum: Technique & Instrument 05-26-2014, 06:58 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 820
Posted By Don Smith
Chanter repair pitch drop

I have a student that recently had a chanter repaired after a bad break. The chanter was well repaired but now tunes SIGNIFICANTLY flatter.

Like an inch and a half on the pins flatter. It has...
Forum: Beer Tent 05-24-2014, 09:41 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 830
Posted By Don Smith
Bagpipe silver inc in Texas

Does Any one know anything about this firm?

BAGPIPE SILVER, INC. was formed on 1998-12-29 in Texas by JAMES K HUDGINS located at PO BOX 841918, HOUSTON, TX 77284-1918

Kinds

Don
Forum: Technique & Instrument 05-19-2014, 11:50 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,237
Posted By Don Smith
Re: Simple but brilliant invention for bagpipers

We actually considered that initially, but we didn't want to drill holes in our nice wooden chanters that might create an in road for moisture. The concern being having moisture deep in the wood...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 05-19-2014, 10:34 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,237
Posted By Don Smith
Re: Simple but brilliant invention for bagpipers

You can use two if you want, but one will usually suffice even if you turn the reed. Two can make it more cumbersome to adjust the reed, but it's not a huge deal. We tended to like one the best.
...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 05-19-2014, 10:29 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,237
Posted By Don Smith
Re: Simple but brilliant invention for bagpipers

BTW, for those of us who are non guitar players, you want the SECOND thinnest string on the guitar. Music stores that do repairs often have discards they will give you for free.

Cheers,

Don
Forum: Technique & Instrument 05-19-2014, 10:23 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,237
Posted By Don Smith
Re: Simple but brilliant invention for bagpipers

Andrew,

That was one of our initial concerns and why we went with a piece of "b" guitar string. The wire is thin enough it doesn't cause uneven hemping, it actually "blends in" quite nicely giving...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 05-19-2014, 07:38 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,237
Posted By Don Smith
Simple but brilliant invention for bagpipers

After one of my students nicked the side of his favorite solo reed even though he is always meticulously careful about removing it, we got to discussing how to prevent this nasty problem. It seems...
Forum: Trading Post Archive 05-05-2014, 06:14 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 297
Posted By Don Smith
WTB: Cocus Henderson GHB

I am looking for a set of Cocus wood Henderson bagpipes. Preferably button mount.

PM me or e-mail at:
piperatlarge@gmail.com

Kind regards,
Don
Forum: Technique & Instrument 04-15-2014, 02:09 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,741
Posted By Don Smith
Rocket I.D.

I recently bought a set of Rocket reeds for a set of MacLellan bagpipes and the tenors have no numbers on them. For the sake of keeping reeds sorted. Does anyone out there have this same model with...
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