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Forum: Beer Tent Today, 10:01 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,116
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Glenfiddich Tempos

Yes, competition playing is a style unto itself. It has its own reason for existing that is separate and distinct from military playing, playing for dancers, folk playing, and so forth. Judges are...
Forum: Technique & Instrument Today, 09:50 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,032
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Bagpipe Humidification

I live not far from you. Get a hygrometer. If the humidity in your house is above 45% or so, I wouldn't worry about it. If it's not (mine gets down to ~30% in the winter, but I have gas heat), you...
Forum: Beer Tent 11-18-2019, 12:20 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 480
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Competition for Scotland Gr4 solo

Right. You can "go around to the Games" and compete in events that don't adhere to CPA grading... but be aware that they are "open" competitions, in the sense that anyone can enter and play. They are...
Forum: Pipe Bands 11-12-2019, 12:53 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,068
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: 40
Views: 2,974
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: 1,492
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: 1,874
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: 40
Views: 2,974
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: 1,492
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: 5,127
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: 774
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: 725
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: 725
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: 1,338
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: 916
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: 2,543
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: 872
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: 989
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: 839
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: 2,543
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: 2,106
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: 1,338
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: 4,997
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: 1,049
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: 6,594
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...
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