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Forum: Beer Tent Today, 04:19 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,374
Posted By CalumII
Re: Gordon Walker

It may come as a massive surprise to you, but piping isn't actually a happy family where all are equally treated and all are equally welcome. I have heard some hair-raising stories over the years...
Forum: Beer Tent Yesterday, 08:08 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,374
Posted By CalumII
Re: Gordon Walker

Well, seeing as our own piping media have done absolutely nothing to report on this story, we must take what we can.



I don't understand why our own outlets have been so quiet about this...
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 09-11-2019, 09:46 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 564
Posted By CalumII
Re: The Highland Pipe and Scottish Society, London, 1840s

Just to be clear, I'm not making any serious suggestion that there is any connection to Donald Ruadh - just a passing comment!
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 09-09-2019, 07:54 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 564
Posted By CalumII
Re: The Highland Pipe and Scottish Society, London, 1840s

Well, if it was significant enough to have a cap badge then there was obviously some momentum behind it, which is worth knowing.


I can't spot anything obvious in the newspaper archives, but they...
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 09-07-2019, 03:19 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 564
Posted By CalumII
The Highland Pipe and Scottish Society, London, 1840s

I was at a meeting of the Gaelic Society of London tonight, where we had an interesting talk on a recently discovered minute book of the society from 1830.



One interesting tidbit that tickled...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 09-06-2019, 09:51 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 362
Posted By CalumII
Re: Why can some pipes play 2 octaves?

Probably a better way of phrasing it is why *can't* GHB chanters jump the octave.



The answer to that is they are deliberately designed to be resistant to it.



In general, a musical...
Forum: Beer Tent 09-01-2019, 06:06 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 656
Posted By CalumII
Re: Rspba

For minor contests, the responsibility lies with the organisers to get the info to the RSPBA. In the early days of the online results, it used to take weeks but most have now got the process pretty...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 08-29-2019, 06:28 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 671
Posted By CalumII
Re: Adjusting strength on glass-fiber Rocket bass reed

It does lower the pitch, but in my experience it usually makes the reed more resistant to stopping.
Forum: Technique & Instrument 08-24-2019, 02:41 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 967
Posted By CalumII
Re: Drone Volume in Old Recordings

My understanding is that on the earliest acoustic recordings, the microphones could not pick up any drone sound above the chanter, so a second piper was employed to play drones only, pointing them...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 08-24-2019, 02:34 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,233
Posted By CalumII
Re: Alex Currie's pipes

That page seems a little bit confused about the sequence of events. In particular, there were various methods of generating and measuring the old low pitch, which was variably 435-439 depending on...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 08-24-2019, 04:59 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,233
Posted By CalumII
Re: Alex Currie's pipes

Once again I find myself moved to point out that the A=440 standard has only been in place since the post 1945 era, and the question of what absolute pitch any historical instrument (or recording)...
Forum: Music 08-24-2019, 04:55 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,228
Posted By CalumII
Re: Inisheer

Rule 5 says that YOU must own the copyright.



If you have the copyright holder's permission, it is against the rules.


If it is public domain, it is against the rules.
Forum: Beer Tent 08-22-2019, 02:40 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,618
Posted By CalumII
Re: Worlds - filling and test their bags

Yeesh, it's scary the tricks memory can play on you. I have a very strong memory of him standing perfectly still throughout that performance, which persists despite the video evidence!
Forum: Beer Tent 08-21-2019, 09:29 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,618
Posted By CalumII
Re: Worlds - filling and test their bags

These two more than anything else, I suspect. Sheepskin and cane all round is great when you build up to one performance - doing it four times over some very wild weather is probably pushing it.
Forum: Music 08-20-2019, 07:13 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 351
Posted By CalumII
Re: Devonshire terrace?

I'm no Neil Clark, but here you go! Excuse the high A.



https://youtu.be/Hu_pkoJiS7Q
Forum: Beer Tent 08-18-2019, 04:50 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,618
Posted By CalumII
Re: Worlds - filling and test their bags

British champs, Birmingham, 2008. His drone stock popped out when he struck in. He walked on and stood without playing. He did not direct - Ryan Canning took over.



There is no rule about...
Forum: Beer Tent 08-18-2019, 06:58 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,618
Posted By CalumII
Re: Worlds - filling and test their bags

It's a somewhat daft rule. You cannot walk off after coming up to the line, but there is nothing stopping you walking on without playing, as long as the band meets the numbers without you.
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 08-18-2019, 06:55 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 620
Posted By CalumII
Re: Strike-ins, what a pain!

Hand the pipes to someone who teaches or sets up pipes regularly.



Some setups are just reluctant to strike in effectively, and at this point it's difficult to know if it's you or the...
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 08-18-2019, 06:50 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 931
Posted By CalumII
Re: Who'd have thought… (Squealing drones0

Like many of us, I have experienced the hoary old piping expert, dripping with Gold Medals and accumulated honours, holding forth: "now, young pipers, one thing that is often not realised is the...
Forum: Beer Tent 08-17-2019, 12:59 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,618
Posted By CalumII
Re: Worlds - filling and test their bags

No, there's a problem with it. They're working on it.
Forum: Technique & Instrument 08-15-2019, 12:14 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,295
Posted By CalumII
Re: Chanter reeds, what makes good, what makes bad?

If you take a reed apart, it's pretty obvious that there's a bit in the middle where it's thickest. A ridge cut reed has the thickest bit near the tips, a "molded" or "straight cut" reed has it...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 08-15-2019, 04:05 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 671
Posted By CalumII
Re: Adjusting strength on glass-fiber Rocket bass reed

That's the way they are designed; the tongue is not supposed to be adjusted, and the pitch adjusted with the nosecone.
Forum: Technique & Instrument 08-14-2019, 01:32 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 671
Posted By CalumII
Re: Adjusting strength on glass-fiber Rocket bass reed

Why not take apart some old practice chanter reeds and use the blades to shim the top of the ledge?
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 08-07-2019, 01:55 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 573
Posted By CalumII
Re: Valves in Drone Stocks

The intention is more that when you stop, they cut off the air supply sharply.


They are a bad idea and you should not use them.
Forum: Teacher's Lounge 08-06-2019, 03:10 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 398
Posted By CalumII
Re: Skype lesson fees

Skype lessons are a slightly different market, because obviously it's global, so the people who do it a lot tend to be in quieter areas, and as Matt says, those of us living in more expensive areas...
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