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Forum: Beer Tent Yesterday, 12:09 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 819
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Pierced Pipers?

That's basically a literature review (no original research) and some of what's cited is very out of date. Modern tattoo inks and practices are NOT what they were in decades past, and many states DO...
Forum: Beer Tent Yesterday, 11:05 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 819
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Pierced Pipers?

Interesting thread. I have several tattoos, but only one that's just barely visible above the top of my sock if I don't pull my hose all the way up. I've never given it any thought. If I was tattooed...
Forum: Technique & Instrument Yesterday, 10:50 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 253
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Bass drone goes out of tune quickly

Does the Selbie bass reed that came with the set of reeds stay in tune?

When you mix reedmakers between tenor and bass, it's critical to get everything adjusted right. If your bass reed is set to...
Forum: Beer Tent 07-15-2019, 11:58 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 566
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Hugh MacCallum on Practicing

Right on. I know plenty of people who are open-level practice chanter players, but have significant issues on bagpipes, either with sound or technique. They're two different instruments. The practice...
Forum: Beer Tent 07-10-2019, 06:00 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,677
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: OK, Who Knew?

Ah, to live outside the DC bubble :). He's the Attorney General of the US, and thus, the head of the Justice Department. Regardless of your political leanings, he's an important figure around here,...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 07-10-2019, 05:57 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 801
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Band reeds - what do you use?

With the right reed, you can get a Mk2 to 480-482 without any real difficulty. Higher than that, and you're probably opening up holes.
Forum: Beer Tent 07-09-2019, 10:03 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,677
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: OK, Who Knew?

Good eye. The set was made by Jerry Gibson, but it is not a stock Gibson. It's a copy of a very old Lawrie that was too damaged to repair. Jerry Gibson duplicated its dimensions and transferred the...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 07-09-2019, 10:02 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 801
Posted By Dan Bell
Forum: Beer Tent 07-08-2019, 11:12 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,677
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: OK, Who Knew?

I knew, but I live and grew up in the DC area. Yes, he's a very good player. He played in the Denny & Dunipace/Scottish and Irish Imports Pipe Band, which later became City of Washington. I believe...
Forum: Beer Tent 07-08-2019, 11:07 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,024
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Are replica pipes comparable to the original?

It depends :)

Nobody can really know for certain what a given instrument sounded like 100+ years ago. They were reeded with cane, possibly played at a different pitch, possibly played in a...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 07-08-2019, 10:58 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 744
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: David Naill solo blackwood chanters - Any good?

They are CAPABLE of being "that good," if you have the skill, and you like their sound. They've certainly been used to win pretty much all the big solo prizes. As with any wooden chanter, every piece...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 07-08-2019, 10:54 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 801
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Band reeds - what do you use?

McCallum mk3 chanters, Shepherd "molded" (NOT ridge-cut) reeds.
Forum: Adult Pipers 07-08-2019, 10:49 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,308
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Peaks and valleys of the learning process

Nate: I'm totally a "sound fanatic," too. I don't have spectacular hands... but I can blow, and I really, really don't like listening to out-of-tune bagpipes. The tough part is figuring out how to...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 07-01-2019, 12:22 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,617
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Robertson bagpipes

Thinwin is a trade name for Milrlettia leucantha. It's a heavy, dense wood, from Southeast Asia. I've never heard of it being used for instruments (but I'm speaking only as an enthusiast, not an...
Forum: Beer Tent 06-21-2019, 10:48 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,622
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Tunes with Great Stories Behind Them?

Many of the tunes from the Great War have compelling stories behind them, as do many piobaireachds. The Lament for the Children immediately comes to mind. A lot of Gordon Duncan's tunes have great...
Forum: Beer Tent 06-21-2019, 10:43 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,152
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: The end of the world as we know it...really?

I agree with the comment by Callum: there are more pipers than ever before, playing at a higher standard. The competition bands that we do have are bigger and better than at any time before, but...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 06-21-2019, 10:13 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 4,073
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Your 2019 setup?

No changes since 2018.

Gannaway bag, Ezeedrone tenors, Henderson Harmonic Deluxe bass, McCallum mark 3 chanters, Shepherd reeds.

I play the same setup with two sets of drones: early 1900s...
Forum: Piobaireachd 06-21-2019, 10:04 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 746
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Bruce Gandy Review - APC Guide to Pibroch

I'm just getting around to reading this now :). I'd love to wade into the "tempo issue." As I'm not any sort of authority on piobaireachd playing, I'll just say this: listen to recordings of how...
Forum: Adult Pipers 06-21-2019, 09:50 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,308
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Peaks and valleys of the learning process

It IS very definitely possible to listen too critically to yourself. Don't squeeze all the fun out. It's also possible to over-practice. Muscles get fatigued, even if you do everything you should to...
Forum: Pipe Bands 06-21-2019, 09:42 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,566
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Too much tape

My experience is that with a few rare exceptions, tuning up in the sun is a bad idea in the North American climate. If it's hot, the chanters never stabilize. They just keep absorbing heat and going...
Forum: Competing Pipers 06-21-2019, 09:39 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 627
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Trews for competition

It's absurd to me that any sanctioning body would object to trews. They were certainly part of traditional highland dress (dating to at least the 17th century, and possibly earlier), were/are worn by...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 06-21-2019, 09:30 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,331
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Tunes for a new smallpiper

I play Hector with just the A drones. To my ear, there are too many long and important Fs to sound good with an E drone. Purely personal preference.

All of the LBPS books are worth having, as are...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 05-09-2019, 06:09 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 530
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Closest pipe to Garvie Session Pipes (still in production)?

Anything involving mouth-blown bagpipes with reeds playing at border pipe/smallpipe pressure is going to be the definition of "finicky." I'm sure it's not what you want to hear, but bellows-blown...
Forum: Beer Tent 05-09-2019, 05:57 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,052
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Bagpipe Repairs CITES

There are different levels of restriction, depending on the conservation status of the species in question. African Blackwood (along with cocobolo, many ebony species, etc) is on "Appendix II," which...
Forum: Beer Tent 05-06-2019, 10:35 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,052
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Bagpipe Repairs CITES

Do they have ivory fittings? Or are you concerned with CITES because they're made of blackwood? The answers to each are very different.

In general, you should not have any trouble shipping...
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