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Forum: Competing Pipers Today, 11:43 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 73
Posted By CalumII
Re: "Clan MacRae Society" four or six parts?

The thing about modern piping competition is that most competitors have clean fingering and an in tune bagpipe and a decent grasp of the idiom. As a judge, you're left making decisions on fine...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 10-21-2020, 04:21 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 368
Posted By CalumII
Re: I Need a Practice Chanter

Cracks are repairable, and those Alexander chanters are nice - might be worth doing, and possibly less expensive than a wooden replacement.



Naill and Walsh make poly tops with a wood sleeve,...
Forum: Beer Tent 10-19-2020, 10:50 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 227
Posted By CalumII
Re: Piping Times and Piping Today???

PT is "suspended", it hasn't been permanently retired. That said, it cannot be long before the illogic of one institution publishing two periodicals becomes clear.
Forum: Technique & Instrument 10-19-2020, 04:29 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,459
Posted By CalumII
Re: Changing attitudes towards Catalin

Only for a short window after posting (there were issues in the past with shenanigans...)
Forum: Technique & Instrument 10-18-2020, 10:57 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 326
Posted By CalumII
Re: Big problem with Canmore Hybrid

Robertsons have unusually chunky stocks. Give Canmore a shout and see what they can do - I don't know if they do a larger grommet but if nothing else they could swap you for a grommet-less bag that...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 10-18-2020, 05:45 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 4,854
Posted By CalumII
Re: "Phase locking" drones

The soft D is the "normal" mode of vibration of the reed. The hard D mixes the soft D with the A, which is what gives that characteristic double pulse you see in the video. It usually comes out a...
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 10-16-2020, 06:06 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 577
Posted By CalumII
Re: Holding PC aloft?

I suspect the root of your problem is that relaxation is required. If your fingers are thumping around it's going to make stuff unstable. Try to imagine the chanter is made out of a thing layer of...
Forum: Beer Tent 10-15-2020, 08:44 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 451
Posted By CalumII
Re: Jazz chord accompaniment

Well, that is true to a certain extent. The Conservatoire system produces incredible musicians, but as I've said before, it could never produce a Peat & Diesel.
Forum: Beer Tent 10-13-2020, 04:02 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 451
Posted By CalumII
Re: Jazz chord accompaniment

Back in the sixties, Ewan MacColl was railing about accompanists using dominant sevenths and how this was only fit for "art music".



Leaving aside the question of what a jazz chord is or...
Forum: Beer Tent 10-12-2020, 07:57 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,406
Posted By CalumII
Re: Has pitch topped out?

Plenty pipers will do that with our high G, especially - they'll sing or whistle a sharp leading note where appropriate, probably unconsciously.
Forum: Webmaster & Software 10-09-2020, 10:08 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 553
Posted By CalumII
Re: Android software

Ah, it may be only available in the "pro" version of the software, which you might not be able to unlock because it's no longer on the app store. I'm not sure; it's there in my list of tunings,...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 10-07-2020, 08:07 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 377
Posted By CalumII
Re: McNulty Hunter Uilleann pipes

Whoops, I never realised it was a different Peter Hunter. I always assumed that's where Sam's Peter had gotten started.



Wil, are you in the UK? If so I'd give Alan Burton a shout, he can...
Forum: Beer Tent 10-06-2020, 11:43 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,406
Posted By CalumII
Re: Has pitch topped out?

My perception is the rate of climb has really slowed down, though I wouldn't say it's time to call time on it. I wonder if it's a generational thing, to do with the chanters available (and reeds)...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 10-05-2020, 02:10 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,349
Posted By CalumII
Re: Bagpipe prices c1950

Yes indeed - even when I started in the 90s it was the norm, as far as I remember, for most people to start on a second hand set. I don't remember any of my contemporaries have a new instrument of...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 10-05-2020, 12:14 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,349
Posted By CalumII
Re: Bagpipe prices c1950

Well, those 40 ivory pipes were the average worker's monthly wage, before tax. And that's the average, not the working man.
Forum: Music 10-03-2020, 01:23 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 337
Posted By CalumII
Re: Regimental Laments

Well, as you know, each regiment had its own slate of "duty" tunes used for mundane and less mundane purposes. Some of these would be heard daily, others more occasionally.



The choice of...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 10-03-2020, 01:18 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 353
Posted By CalumII
Re: BorderPipe Questions

Generally drones are drones and behave much the same whether smallpipe, Borderpipe, NSP or Uilleann. Stability in Border pipes is really down to the reed and the chanter. One can make very stable...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 10-02-2020, 05:06 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 377
Posted By CalumII
Re: McNulty Hunter Uilleann pipes

I believe the McNulty/Hunter designs were Rowsome based, mainly tweaked to get A=440 (Rowsome designed to 452).



Have you spoken to Sam Lawrence?
Forum: Photo and Video Gallery 10-01-2020, 03:20 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,505
Posted By CalumII
Re: John D Burgess YouTube

> Her second tune... was it... "The Boys From Blue
Hill?"... and though I haven't heard it for Donkey's
Years... that's what keeps coming to mind.



No, but her third tune was :grin:
Forum: Piobaireachd 09-30-2020, 02:15 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 458
Posted By CalumII
Re: Cadential D gracenotes

In short, I'm curious to see if people have strong feeling about it, or have clear views on correctness.
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 09-30-2020, 09:20 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 420
Posted By CalumII
Re: Cane SSP Reeds

Short answer, no, but if you explain what it is you're after most makers will be able to accommodate. There are only so many ways to get a note at 440 out a smallpipe.
Forum: Piobaireachd 09-30-2020, 07:29 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 458
Posted By CalumII
Cadential D gracenotes

In the D gracenote of the cadence:


https://i.imgur.com/DgaQIxM.png


Do you play?


(1) x xxx oxxo
Forum: Technique & Instrument 09-29-2020, 05:31 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 760
Posted By CalumII
Re: Hemping Basics - Securing when done

Form a loop that keeps on running in the same direction as the wound-on hemp, pop it over the end and draw tight. I usually do a second one, and if you do the hemp right the first time it'll never...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 09-28-2020, 02:04 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 403
Posted By CalumII
Re: Favorite SSP Chanter?

To my mind I've still to come across a chanter as consistent and attractive as Evans. I think there are a whole bunch of makers who are very close to that standard but I've never heard an Evans...
Forum: Beer Tent 09-28-2020, 09:51 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 912
Posted By CalumII
Re: Catalin Question....

Stick it on a lathe and take wire wool or some other gentle abrasive to it.
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