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Forum: Technique & Instrument 06-21-2020, 12:18 PM
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Posted By erracht
Construction standards of R G Hardie's new Hendersons

I'm interested in two things about the new Henderson line made by R G Hardie:


1. On their website, they say something to the effect that their Henderson line is hand-crafted. They do not make...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 06-21-2020, 12:11 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 182
Posted By erracht
Does MacPherson still make pipes?

The website of MacPherson, the pipe maker who divides his time between Scotland and Bulgaria, seems to be down. Is he still active? I had a student who, when it came time for him to get pipes, did...
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 06-21-2020, 11:50 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,352
Posted By erracht
Re: Funeral music in North America

I had never heard of this so I googled it. As I see, it is a ritual where women dance on hot coals. I've never heard of it being done in Serbia, but I wouldn't be surprised if something like this had...
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 06-15-2020, 04:21 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,352
Posted By erracht
Re: Funeral music in North America

Thank you for posting the completed article, Barry. It's a topic that has always been of interest to me; funerary rites, paying due to the dead, honoring those who served in the military, police,...
Forum: Music 05-18-2020, 12:27 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 430
Posted By erracht
Re: The Braes of killiecrankie

This is actually a fairly common band tune. I like to play this setting: https://www.pipefest.com/music/Killicrankie.php
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 05-18-2020, 05:19 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 332
Posted By erracht
Reference to bagpipes in poem "The Battle of Flodden"?

There is an old poem, "The Battle of Flodden" that tells the story of that battle from the English perspective: https://www.poetrynook.com/poem/battle-flodden

An excerpt follows:



Then full...
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 04-15-2020, 12:24 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,687
Posted By erracht
Re: Funeral piping for presidents and prime ministers

Just came across this: a National Film Board of Canada film celebrating the life of Prime Minister John Diefenbaker, with portions of his lying in state and funeral interspersed with clips from his...
Forum: Beer Tent 03-17-2020, 12:18 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,219
Posted By erracht
Re: Favourite chanter pitch

I'd prefer a pitch that's not too high. Like in this recording of "Cabar Feidh" by the Scots Guards, 1950s or early 1960s: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rx0pYRwmEBk
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 03-08-2020, 04:59 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 948
Posted By erracht
Re: Does "Balaclava Company" A&S Highlanders still have pipers?

Ah, yes. Now that's a well-turned-out pipe band if ever there was one. I love the P/M's beard: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRdklLoEvjw
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 03-07-2020, 03:02 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 472
Posted By erracht
Re: Which of these two sets were Pipe Major Sam Scott's?

Great pictures. A typical mid-century Henderson.
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 03-07-2020, 02:57 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,687
Posted By erracht
Re: Funeral piping for presidents and prime ministers

It wasn't the Queen's Piper but a citizen who took it upon himself to show up and play "Abide With Me" when the funeral procession was near to him. No bands were included in the military escort and...
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 03-05-2020, 04:16 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 472
Posted By erracht
Which of these two sets were Pipe Major Sam Scott's?

Years ago I found an entry in a catalogue-type book about a set of pipes in a Canadian museum that had been carried by Pipe Major Sam Scott, who served in the Ottawa Cameron Highlanders during World...
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 03-05-2020, 03:36 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 948
Posted By erracht
Forum: Beer Tent 03-05-2020, 06:25 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,047
Posted By erracht
Re: Fake 'ivory'

I have nothing against it myself. My go-to pipes would always be a set of standard "military pattern" full imitation ivory (or full historic (used) or mammoth/mastodon ivory); this is the style that...
Forum: Music 02-18-2020, 10:19 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 674
Posted By erracht
Re: Wearing of the Green setting

If you mean, what is closer to how the song is normally sung, the first setting with the "C" after the two "Bs" reflects the melody of what I recall hearing in most vocal renditions of the song....
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 02-12-2020, 03:28 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 948
Posted By erracht
Does "Balaclava Company" A&S Highlanders still have pipers?

One of my favorite Highland regiments, the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (eventually downgraded from a regiment to the the 5th Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Scotland) was unfortunately...
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 02-12-2020, 03:16 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 919
Posted By erracht
Re: Drummers Sporran

Do all regiments have their drummers wear hoesehair sporrans when drumming in full dress? I have just seen a video of the Canadian Argylls with the sporran on the buttock, but they don't seem to be...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 02-09-2020, 04:36 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,977
Posted By erracht
Re: Poly pipes.... Opinions

To be quite honest with you, I like the sound of my polypenco Dunbar drones more than that of my African Blackwood Fletchers. The former are richer and fuller in sound, in the Henderson tradition....
Forum: Beer Tent 02-09-2020, 04:33 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,503
Posted By erracht
Re: How many sets do you own?

I own two sets: a set of polypenco Dunbars (originally half-mounted in nickel but since converted to full imitation ivory by a master luthier) and a set of African Blackwood, full artificial...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 02-09-2020, 07:39 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 804
Posted By erracht
Re: Off-brand "Bagpipe Trend" set: Lawrie? Pakistani?

OK, it has taken me a while to get around to it, but here it is, a gallery with some images of these pipes: https://www.flickr.com/photos/186781454@N06/albums/72157713039091348


What do you...
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 02-05-2020, 02:50 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,687
Posted By erracht
Re: Funeral piping for presidents and prime ministers

Indeed, as portrayed in Cunliffe's fine study of Pipe Major James Wilson (1852 or 1853).

http://www.the-athenaeum.org/art/full.php?ID=188414

Interestingly, around 1845, the pipers of this...
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 02-02-2020, 04:28 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,262
Posted By erracht
Re: Information "Bagpipe Trend,11355, U.S.A."

I didn't imply that the mark was all over the set; it's only on the chanter. I merely stated that it was a full set (I.E. it wasn't missing any parts) and, as a separate piece of information, that it...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 02-01-2020, 05:30 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 804
Posted By erracht
Re: Off-brand "Bagpipe Trend" set: Lawrie? Pakistani?

This may well be it. But what is meant by "Rosewood"? Is this the same as the sheesham that Pakistani pipes are commonly made of? And are there different qualities of it? The wood on this pipe...
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 01-29-2020, 04:39 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,262
Posted By erracht
Re: Information "Bagpipe Trend,11355, U.S.A."

I am reviving this thread because I have just come across a full set bearing the mark "Bagpipe Trend". I have given it a dedicated thread here:...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 01-29-2020, 04:37 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 804
Posted By erracht
Off-brand "Bagpipe Trend" set: Lawrie? Pakistani?

My Prague pipe band was recently forwarded a used set of pipes bought from the estate of a deceased Czech musical instrument collector. Today after band practice, the Pipe Sergeant mentioned that he...
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