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Forum: Technique & Instrument 11-05-2019, 07:42 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,483
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: How many sets do you 'run' at a time?

I have two sets going, play them both every day now that I am retired. My band set is ABW Dunbar (Selbie drone reeds) with McCallum poly chanter, my solo set is vintage Henderson (Canning drone...
Forum: Beer Tent 10-09-2019, 09:06 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,532
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: Takeaway tips from botched gigs?

You do your best to prepare, but sometimes the unexpected happens! I once was hired to play for a memorial service at a funeral home. At the time I was breaking in a brand new bagpipe I had just...
Forum: Competing Pipers 09-11-2019, 08:23 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,046
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: Solo Competition Breakdown

I was competing at the Arlington TX Highland Games in the late 19890s, playing Captain Norman Orr Ewing in Grade IV March. I was going into the fourth measure, everything going well, when unnoticed...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 09-05-2019, 08:16 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 837
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: Ebay custom Edenbourl bagpipes

They look like McCallum.

Cheers -

Wes
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 09-05-2019, 08:14 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 882
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: Outlander tartans

"Why didn't they just use MacKay if they wanted that look? Why design their own tartan?"

Probably because knowledgeable folks would have known that the Mackays were loyalists in the '45, providing...
Forum: Beer Tent 08-26-2019, 11:59 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,689
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: Head shakers

Not to mention the badly grammatical Gaelic encountered at the various museums throughout the Highlands. Typical was the "Son of Aoidh" example at the Mackay museum in Strahnaver. It's not Son of...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 08-21-2019, 10:21 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 720
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: Adjustable blowpipe ID

It looks like a Crisler, at least from what I've seen in Sean Regan's video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZnoXtqH_BE

Cheers -

Wes
Forum: Beer Tent 08-21-2019, 07:56 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,092
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: Worlds - filling and test their bags

Yes, having to play four times this year made a big difference. One placing outside the top four was enough to drop a couple of Grade I bands. I was surprised one band I heard with an outstanding...
Forum: Beer Tent 08-17-2019, 09:29 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,092
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: Worlds - filling and test their bags

Saw a couple of pipers bow out during the march up to the line in the Grade I Worlds this morning. I've only played in Grade III and IV competition bands, but the PMs I played for, even in the lower...
Forum: Beer Tent 08-16-2019, 12:56 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,092
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: Worlds - filling and test their bags

I noticed that this year, too, but thought that it was to check the drone reeds to make sure that they will strike in properly when the time comes. Perhaps I am mistaken?

Cheers -

Wes
Forum: Technique & Instrument 08-15-2019, 07:30 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 635
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: Favorite solo reed?

Have been playing Macphee since the late 1980s. Won me a number of solo prizes when I was younger and competing. Donald still makes outstanding reeds, see no reason to try any others.

Cheers -
...
Forum: Beer Tent 08-13-2019, 10:57 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,689
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: Head shakers

A few years ago I was hired by a very large church to play Highland Cathedral with their orchestra. I took the opportunity to show up early for the rehearsal as the sanctuary had good acoustics and...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 07-24-2019, 07:33 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 826
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: Bass drone goes out of tune quickly

I play Selbies in my band bagpipe, ABW Dunbar, outstanding tone. You cannot go wrong playing the full set of Selbies.

Cheers -

Wes
Forum: Music 07-10-2019, 07:13 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,650
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: "Outlander Tunes"

Not to mention dropping a monolingual English Speaker into a society that is largely monolingual Gaelic speaking. Also, a 20th century individual would have a very hard time, language differences...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 07-03-2019, 10:02 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,151
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: Band reeds - what do you use?

I use Macphee reeds in my poly McCallum band chanter, and also in my McCallum ABW McC2 chanter for solo work. That being said, our band is getting matching chanters from a different maker in the...
Forum: Beer Tent 07-03-2019, 09:59 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,960
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: Taps on pipes?

Interestingly, a local street band PM used to play Trumpet Voluntary for weddings, and gave me a copy of his setting. I have used it (requested) for several weddings over the years, it's fairly...
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 07-01-2019, 12:01 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 821
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: 78 rpm

It's hard for younger pipers to understand, but tuning was a lot harder back in the days of cane reeds and hide bags. It was much more common when I began my piping journey in 1982 to hear wildly...
Forum: Beer Tent 06-24-2019, 11:45 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,919
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: I.D. Cover sketch on S. Jones tutor

It is a dirk, you can clearly see the handle. BTW Scottish Gaels of yore wore the dirk in the front, it was a symbol of Manhood.

Cheers -

Wes
Forum: Beer Tent 06-13-2019, 08:27 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,750
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: The end of the world as we know it...really?

I, too, have gained perspective by playing with several Fire Dept bands in the area the past few years, and I'm also playing with two competitive pipe bands (long story), and started my piping career...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 06-13-2019, 07:17 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,033
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: Problem going from E to low A

This type of problem with Low A (and Low G) is usually a sign that your chanter reed is too easy.

Cheers -

Wes
Forum: Music 06-07-2019, 07:25 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 579
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: Old Woman's Lullaby

It was played in the Senior Piobaireachd at the MacLean Highland Gathering in April.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A34uDyLChRI&t=147s

Cheers -

Wes
Forum: Beer Tent 06-05-2019, 08:35 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,299
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: Suspicious/dubious set posted online?

Maybe it's just me, but I'm always suspicious when folks list bagpipes as "RG Hardy" or "MacCallum". Misspelled firm names can be a sign that somethings not right.

Cheers -

Wes
Forum: Beer Tent 05-28-2019, 02:20 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,960
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: Taps on pipes?

I've had to play Taps on a number of occasions for military funerals where there was a problem with the electronic bugle. I was asked to sub in, and did so, otherwise there would have been no Taps...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 05-23-2019, 10:04 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,937
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: Lee and Sons Bagpipes

https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=georgetown%20fire%20department%20pipes%20and%20drums&epa=SEARCH_BOX

You can also see videos of Jack playing on the Georgetown Fire Dept P&D FB page. They...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 05-23-2019, 07:23 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,937
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: Lee and Sons Bagpipes

Jack has been to Central Texas a number of times in recent years for an annual workshop, so I've been able to see and hear these bagpipes in person and talk to Jack about them. Outstanding...
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