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Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 10-09-2020, 12:07 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 239
McCallum Folk Pipes (blackwood drones) - Review & Play Test

I recently picked up a set of a set of McCallum Folk Pipes with blackwood drones, mounted in mopane/alloy. Haven't seen much discussion of them, so thought folks might find this interesting/useful....
Forum: Teacher's Lounge 10-04-2020, 11:03 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 482
Re: Skype/FaceTime/instruction

I offer online classes as well. http://www.mattpiper.com
Forum: Technique & Instrument 10-04-2020, 07:32 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,242
Re: changing attitudes towards Catalin

^^ this. Lived in Austin for 15 years and my sister is a UT alum.
Forum: Technique & Instrument 10-03-2020, 09:06 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,242
Re: changing attitudes towards Catalin

Well said, good sir! As I wrote in the other thread, I feel folks should "keep it orange" or find the instrument a new owner. If you do love the instrument but dislike the orange, I'd likely...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 09-29-2020, 05:00 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 695
Re: Hemping Basics - Securing when done

I have a whole playlist on hemping here you might want to check out: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLc21D3cFD-pgbYDj2c1_Ft2o9-n3RscFZ
Forum: Beer Tent 09-28-2020, 09:39 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 829
Re: Catalin Question....

What Calum said... I tend to advice folks to either keep it orange or sell it and get a non-catalin mounted instrument. You either love the orange or you should get something else. No point is...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 09-18-2020, 11:32 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 473
Re: Modern Hardie vs. Henderson - play test between two models from the same maker!

They do have the same bores, so this is more of a "does the price point" matter comparison. Was poorer wood selected? Do the less expensive ones sound worse? In my experiment here, they sound...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 09-18-2020, 09:14 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 473
Modern Hardie vs. Henderson - play test between two models from the same maker!

Not often we get to hear two different models from the same maker, so I thought I'd give it a go when this set of Hardie RG00 came to me (many thanks to Jeremy Downs at Lone Star Piper). Since I...
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 09-13-2020, 01:50 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 837
Re: Practice Chanter Reed Recommendation

Here are my thoughts on a couple different types of Abbott practice chanter reeds: https://youtu.be/_OKhcugQUpw
Forum: Technique & Instrument 09-02-2020, 09:52 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,465
Re: The use of Danish Oil in maintaining

I'm a fan of Renaissance Wax for exterior finish. You can use it on pretty much everything, it's relatively easy to apply (if a bit stinky) and not terribly expensive. I pretty sure MacLellan uses it...
Forum: Reviews 08-28-2020, 08:42 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 637
Ronnie Sheepskin Pipe Bag review & play test

There's not a lot of information on this bag maker, so I thought folks here may be interested in my experience with one of these Malaysian pipe bags by piper Robbie. Review here (spoiler alert, it's...
Forum: Music 08-21-2020, 11:29 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,668
Re: YT Copyright Claim - Castle Dangerous

Well, you can contest it once without penalty. If they (the company claiming to own the copyright) comes back and say "nope, it's ours" you can definitely contest it again, but if the same folks...
Forum: Music 08-21-2020, 10:47 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,668
Re: YT Copyright Claim - Castle Dangerous

My recording of "High Road to Gairloch" was claimed by Orchard Music, claiming it's copyrighted by Robbie Mclean (which of course is impossible, as the tune is one of the oldest we know, originally...
Forum: Music 08-18-2020, 09:34 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 246
"Porter's Lullaby" - New 4/4 March

"Porter's Lullaby" (https://youtu.be/IJ4hQydjhek) is a new 4-part 4/4 march with a somewhat tricky but rather fun 3rd part. That dark beer never had a chance... Free PDF & MP3 of the tune in the...
Forum: Music 08-11-2020, 08:00 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 610
Forum: Technique & Instrument 08-08-2020, 01:43 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 978
Re: Ganaan PC

"Bag Pipes" under products does not fill me with confidence...
Forum: Music 08-07-2020, 12:42 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 610
Re: Kirk of the Highlands - works as harmony for Highland Cathedral!

I appreciate that! There was more than a bit of trial and error in getting this to work, and I ended up changing the chord structure the tune normally used in its harmony.

I hadn't considered...
Forum: Music 08-04-2020, 09:16 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 610
Kirk of the Highlands - works as harmony for Highland Cathedral!

This tune is both a lovely air on its own, but perhaps more importantly, works perfectly as two parts of harmony for the classic “Highland Cathedral”. This recording is in B♭, so pick up your...
Forum: Music 07-28-2020, 12:15 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 199
"Parting at Daybreak" - New slow air with harmony

New tune for this Tuesday! "Parting at Daybreak" (https://youtu.be/JrczBxYqMTc) is an air in both minor and major keys, but works perfectly with each other as melody and harmony. It starts with a...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 07-20-2020, 03:37 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 523
Re: MacLellan A440 vs McCallum A440

Can't speak for the McCallum, but spent many years with the MacLellan. It's fairly easily reeded, though I always needed at least a 30in/h20 reed for it to not climb above 440. And as Patrick said,...
Forum: Industry News 07-14-2020, 05:11 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 344
Command Your Bagpipe! Merchandise now available!

To celebrate reaching 5,000 subscribers on YouTube, I'm excited to announce my new line of COMMAND YOUR BAGPIPE! merchandise! There are men's shirts, women's shirts, children's shirt, mugs, hats,...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 07-12-2020, 09:35 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 924
Re: Airstream TILT Expandable or FlexiStick TILT expandableBlowpipe

I discuss how you can angle your blowpipe back at this point in my video on synthetic bags (https://youtu.be/upiZYzB4wpY?t=1213) (should take you to around the 20 minute mark). But it works with all...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 07-07-2020, 08:32 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,115
Re: The WARBL MIDI Controller - very realistic uilleann pipe sound and fingering!

Great questions! The pressure is what you observed, one pressure for the lower octave, and one for the higher. And yes, you are indeed correct about the actual nature of the uilleann pipes and the...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 07-05-2020, 09:35 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 551
Re: Review Tim Gellaitry Pipes

I recently did a review on a 2017 set of Gellaitry pipes. Link here. (https://youtu.be/dEAQKe3Qs_4)

Overall, I felt they were a very well-balanced set of drones, easily reeded, though just a bit...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 07-03-2020, 11:29 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,115
The WARBL MIDI Controller - very realistic uilleann pipe sound and fingering!

The WARBL MIDI controller is amazing! Combined with Appcordians' Uilleann Pipe app, I now have a fully digital MIDI uilleann pipe that sounds incredibly realistic! ALL the audio in this video is...
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