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Forum: Beer Tent 03-18-2019, 09:38 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 478
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Drone strength question

Wallace's are big a bright; definitely in the "Henderson" mold.

There aren't too many drones out there with a "bigger" sound than MacLellan. Full tenor sound with strong, very harmonic bass. With...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 03-18-2019, 09:29 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 475
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Cracked Blowpipe Stock

If I really cared about their appearance, I'd have a pipemaker make me a split-stock and blowpipe out of plastic that matches the rest of my instrument.

Given that their appearance doesn't matter...
Forum: Beer Tent 03-18-2019, 09:19 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,176
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Why does a piper play a gig like this?

It may very well be the case that in an event involving the president, there are security clearance requirements in addition to scheduling complications.

That aside, my philosophy about gigs is...
Forum: Beer Tent 03-15-2019, 02:52 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,176
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Why does a piper play a gig like this?

Put the shoe on the other foot. Do we know how this piper was hired? Do we know what he was paid? Do we know how he was allowed to prepare?
Forum: Beer Tent 03-15-2019, 12:22 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,176
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Why does a piper play a gig like this?

Are you referring to the quality of the playing or the circumstances of the gig?

I'd assume that he took the job for the same reason that most do: to get paid.
Forum: Technique & Instrument 03-15-2019, 12:13 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 429
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Heat threshold for ABW Pipes?

As someone said up-thread, it's rapid CHANGE in temperature and humidity that's most likely to cause wood to crack. The more you can do to control the rate at which the instrument experiences...
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 03-15-2019, 12:07 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,058
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Help in identifying pipes. Maker? Wood?

The term is considered racist in the UK, and much of the English-speaking world. That's not "political correctness," that's called "making an effort not to sound racist." Language evolves (just as...
Forum: Beer Tent 03-11-2019, 11:26 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 896
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: What's your least favorite type of gig?

No question: long parades in hot weather. Just miserable.
Forum: Technique & Instrument 03-11-2019, 11:15 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 759
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Want Estimated Value on a Set of Pipe

That's certainly in the right ballpark, especially when you consider what a modern full-silver set would cost.
Forum: Beer Tent 03-08-2019, 01:50 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 694
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Ever feel like you've "Lost it"?

Yup. And what I did as a kid (woodshed for several hours for several days) doesn't work at all for me now (I'm 43). Small-muscle fatigue is now a factor, which means I can't cheat the process any...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 03-08-2019, 01:38 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 9,482
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Drone Dry?

It's been a while, but I think I ordered them directly from the company.
Forum: Technique & Instrument 03-05-2019, 12:59 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 9,482
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Drone Dry?

I play Drone Dry stocks. They certainly seem similar in design to what MacLellan makes. I have no idea if they are in any way related. In complete honesty, I only have the Drone Dry system because I...
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 02-25-2019, 09:37 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,058
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Help in identifying pipes. Maker? Wood?

They don't immediately suggest Lawrie to me.
Forum: Technique & Instrument 02-25-2019, 09:34 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 796
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: This is driving me nuts - mouth-blown pitch vs. pipe-blown pitch

Trying to set the pitch of a chanter by mouth-blowing is an exercise in futility.

If you're setting up a new reed, get it close, and then play it every day for a few days. Its pitch should...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 02-25-2019, 09:29 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,345
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Polyester thread instead of hemp = game changer!

Do you all regularly play in the shower? Or maybe in pouring rain? Just curious. :grin::grin:

If your drone slides are getting that wet under normal conditions, I think you've got a serious...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 02-19-2019, 12:47 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,575
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Chanter bias?

I strongly suspect that most judges couldn't give a rat's rear-end, particularly at the amateur levels.

Understanding that competition is a sport, sure, if you're competing at the very highest...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 02-19-2019, 12:28 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 644
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Polished drone bores?

There's certainly a trend in bagpipe marketing towards using bore-finish as a mark of superior craftsmanship.

Anecdotally, my ear tells me that it's not that important. There are a lot of other...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 02-19-2019, 12:22 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,575
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Chanter bias?

And frankly, every blackwood chanter is different because wood is an organic material. It's thoroughly possible to get a good one or a bad one from any maker.
Forum: Technique & Instrument 02-19-2019, 12:20 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,575
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Chanter bias?

Does the individual in question happen to sell the brand of chanter that he recommended? :grin::grin:

Just ignore it. If your chanter sounds good, then it does. If you DIDN'T like the sound you...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 02-19-2019, 12:11 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,527
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: 2019 setup, changes?

My primary setup isn't changing:

Henderson (early 1900s, blackwood) drones
Ezeedrone tenors
Henderson Harmonic Deluxe bass
Gannaway bag
split-stock tube trap

Last year, my #2 bagpipe was...
Forum: Pipe Bands 02-19-2019, 12:02 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 972
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Too Much Tape

This. I certainly do carve chanters when necessary, but it's wise not to modify a $150+ chanter when what's really needed is a new $15 reed.
Forum: Technique & Instrument 02-12-2019, 08:42 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 797
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Teachers and diaphragm vibrato

Bear in mind that the modern highland pipe chanter and reed have evolved considerably over the last century or so. We tend to play a lot sharper, significantly louder, and with the crystalline...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 02-08-2019, 10:03 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,510
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Help Improving Band Tuning

Additionally, I WILL send a player out of the circle to fix issues if their instrument isn't going at an acceptable level. No sound person/PM/whatever can spend tons of time on one bagpipe while...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 02-08-2019, 09:58 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,510
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Help Improving Band Tuning

I'm sure this is the bane of every PM's existence...

I'm sure every PM has a different approach to tuning, which is why I've been hesitant to weigh in here. I think it's important to try to...
Forum: Beer Tent 02-04-2019, 12:15 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,913
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Pakistani Bagpipe Challenge

You'd have to have a much higher frustration tolerance (and a lot more time on your hands) than I do to bother with this.

Why not save your time and support a local (real) pipe maker?
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