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Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 11-12-2020, 03:46 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,193
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Baritone, ugh!

There are no rules; play what sounds good to you.

I would say I probably do 80% of my playing with just the A drones. On tunes were it adds something, I more commonly use my baritone drone on D,...
Forum: Competing Pipers 11-12-2020, 03:42 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 706
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: "Clan MacRae Society" four or six parts?

At what level? I think the answer is "some will, some won't." You can certainly let a judge know that you're playing four parts, as published <wherever>, but the more commonly-known setting now is...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 11-12-2020, 03:38 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,420
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Dunbar Classic

I don't own either a Gellaitry set nor a Dunbar, but I've heard and worked with both for extended periods of time in my band. You won't go wrong with either. They're both great bagpipes, with their...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 11-12-2020, 03:23 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,966
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: 1950's Robertsons

That's my setup, too, in almost every instrument I've played. I have yet to find a bagpipe where that combination really doesn't work.
Forum: Beer Tent 11-12-2020, 03:08 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,957
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: The GPB (Great Pakistani Bagpipes)

Pakistan is a modern nation. They have built nuclear weapons. They are capable of manufacturing products to a high standard. What drives the quality of Pakistani bagpipes is the market that buys...
Forum: Beer Tent 11-12-2020, 03:01 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,736
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Polyester thread replacing hemp?

Only pipers could generate 6 pages of discussion about what kind of thread we use to hold our instruments together... :laugh::laugh:

Seriously, rotting hemp? How long do you all play at a time?...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 03-02-2020, 11:58 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,102
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Gibson Fireside pipes

Are you tuning it by listening to the interval with the A drones, or with the E on the chanter? Are you sure the E on the chanter is in tune with the tonic?
Forum: Beer Tent 02-11-2020, 10:49 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 5,243
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: How many sets do you own?

- ca. WW1 Henderson, silver and ivory.

- ca. early 2000s MacLellan, silver, bronze and satinwood.

- ca. late 80s Naill, full catalin.

The first two are my competition instruments. I play...
Forum: Pipe Bands 02-11-2020, 10:35 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 794
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Social anxiety and pipe band

As a long-time PM/PS, I think it's really a problem if players other than whoever is leading practice are interjecting all the time and making corrections, especially if they are negative in tone....
Forum: Technique & Instrument 02-11-2020, 10:26 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,337
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Poly pipes.... Opinions

My suspicion (as someone who's not a maker, but who's played and heard a lot of bagpipes) is that everything matters. The differences between plastics, the dimensions of the bore, the machining...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 02-10-2020, 10:34 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,337
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Poly pipes.... Opinions

Yup. We have a set in our (grade 3) band that is much better than many blackwood sets I've heard. Dunbar just makes good bagpipes, full stop.
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 02-03-2020, 10:53 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 654
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: mouth blown Maclellan studio pipes 2 drone.

Ask the maker. He makes smallpipe chanters in both A and B-flat.
Forum: Pipe Bands 02-03-2020, 10:51 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,769
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Pipe Band Numbers in Competition

There's an array of reasons why competition prizes shouldn't be the sole measure of a band's success or level of play. Maybe the standard in their area is particularly high or low. Maybe they only...
Forum: Beer Tent 01-31-2020, 10:20 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 892
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Tuner?

Peterson SP-1 and Yamane BT-3A. The latter are hard to get in the US, but they are, IMO, still the best tuners on the market.
Forum: Technique & Instrument 01-31-2020, 10:17 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,337
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Poly pipes.... Opinions

Dunbar makes the best-sounding poly pipes I've ever heard.
Forum: Technique & Instrument 01-31-2020, 10:15 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 842
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Squeak

The usual culprits are:

- Too much tape on hi-G
- Reed too far into the reed seat
- Reed playing too dry
- Cooler temperatures contribute

You don't mention what kind of reed you play. I...
Forum: Beer Tent 01-31-2020, 09:55 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,372
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Time to boycott the Worlds?

At smaller events, subdividing the grades isn't necessary, but at the championship events, it's done to keep the numbers in each grade manageable. No judge could fairly be expected to remember what...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 01-27-2020, 11:12 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 795
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Knowing when a hide bag is done

When seasoning starts seeping through (forming sticky patches on the outside of the bag), it's on its last legs. 2-3 seasons, tops, for these in the US.
Forum: Technique & Instrument 01-27-2020, 11:10 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,318
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Help confirming Ebay bagpipes "find"

I'm not seeing anything that makes me doubt that they are Hardies, from that era. It can be hard to tell with flat-combed sets, but nothing jumps out at me as clearly something else.
Forum: Pipe Bands 01-27-2020, 11:06 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,769
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Pipe Band Numbers in Competition

In the US Mid-Atlantic, there are many fewer bands, and the ones that survive are bigger. The standard is definitely higher, nationwide, than it was 30ish years ago when I entered the scene.

I...
Forum: Beer Tent 01-27-2020, 10:58 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,372
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Time to boycott the Worlds?

Having played in a 4A final at the World's in 2017, I'd say that's not really a fair characterization. All the bands in the final can play a proficient MSR, with the idioms represented accurately,...
Forum: Beer Tent 01-27-2020, 10:52 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,831
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Predictions for the Next Decade

As a listener, I'd love for there to be more variety in MSRs, and I'd love for medleys to chase fewer fads. I'd love to see more, smaller bands, with the more individual sounds of old. I'd love to...
Forum: Beer Tent 01-24-2020, 12:35 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,372
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Time to boycott the Worlds?

My recollection was that they were upgraded to 3A immediately following the World's and have never competed again since. Seems to me that the RSPBA should never have graded them into 4B to begin...
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 01-24-2020, 12:25 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,342
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Bag on 1970 Lawrie pipes?

Ew. I strongly suggest that this bag be replaced, for hygienic reasons if nothing else. If she feels that strongly about it, she can have a modern one custom made to the same dimensions.
Forum: Technique & Instrument 01-24-2020, 12:21 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,735
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Building a chanter humidor

I think that people are taking the chanter reed humidity issue to extremes without fully understanding the dynamics and variables involved.

When we start playing, at least two important things...
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