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Forum: Technique & Instrument 10-18-2020, 05:27 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 587
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: Air Efficiency Problems

Interesting, it can happen like that, where there are multiple contributing factors.

I'm a devotee of Moose valves. I've never had one flutter, which as I get older and tend to easier reeds...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 10-18-2020, 05:07 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 255
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: Big problem with Canmore Hybrid

I had the opposite problem once: a vintage set with gracile stocks.

It was years ago, I asked for advice here and somebody said to look for clear vinyl tubing of the correct size to make up the...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 10-16-2020, 08:27 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 336
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: McNulty Hunter Uilleann pipes

I would try to get hold of Kinch o'Kane, in Florida, who is one of the top reedmakers around.
Forum: Technique & Instrument 10-16-2020, 08:18 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,242
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: Changing attitudes towards Catalin

An example of the anti-Catalin prejudice is the set of 1980s Kintails on Ebay, listed and relisted, for $600 and nobody will touch them.

My Pipe Major plays 1980s Kintails and they sound amazing....
Forum: Technique & Instrument 10-14-2020, 09:23 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,242
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: Changing attitudes towards Catalin

I was like that when the Catalin pipes were standard basic run-of-the-mill recently made pipes.

Now the pure gleaming white plastic mounted pipes are standard basic run-of-the-mill recently made...
Forum: Beer Tent 10-14-2020, 09:14 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,307
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: Has pitch topped out?

Same with Practice Chanter, it's amazing how many pipers have the High G on their PC halfway between G and G# and will blow the note sharper or flatter depending. 99% of these pipers have the High G...
Forum: Beer Tent 10-14-2020, 08:18 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 512
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: How far will you travel

People in the UK often find it hard to picture just how big.

The width of Texas at its widest point is 185 miles further than the distance from Land's End to John O' Groats (the furthest points...
Forum: Beer Tent 10-14-2020, 07:57 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 512
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: How far will you travel

I'm in California, I've done a tour in Japan and a tour across North Carolina and Tennessee.

As far as a single gig, I think that would be a wedding on the other side of California, they flew me...
Forum: Beer Tent 10-13-2020, 04:55 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 364
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: Jazz chord accompaniment

Back in the 80s there was a group called Na Cabarfeidh, who later changed their name to Rare Air.

Their thing was Highland pipes in harmony along with jazz guitar.
...
Forum: Beer Tent 10-12-2020, 07:48 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,307
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: Has pitch topped out?

Old recordings I've heard are fairly consistent in the pipers having a "neutral" High G, around halfway between G natural and G sharp.

I'm guessing that when we hear the neutral High G they're...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 10-04-2020, 11:16 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,242
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: changing attitudes towards Catalin

I've talked to dozens of these fans over the years, decked out in their Longhorns stuff from head to toe. Whenever I've asked them what they call that colour they say they don't know, and as far as...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 10-04-2020, 10:49 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,242
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: changing attitudes towards Catalin

What I don't understand is why some old ivory has darkened and some stays more or less the same.

These are likewise pre-John McColl ebony Lawries, but the ivory has little patina.
...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 10-03-2020, 05:32 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,242
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: changing attitudes towards Catalin

Thanks!



I work(ed) at Disneyland and see people in their college gear all the time and wondered what Texas calls that colour.

Because with many teams fans will yell "go Red!" or "go...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 10-03-2020, 07:05 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,242
Posted By pancelticpiper
Changing attitudes towards Catalin

I was going to add this to the existing Catalin thread, but it's really a distinct topic.

In that thread the OP referred to Catalin mounts as "offending" and I'm sure there are plenty of you,...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 10-03-2020, 06:09 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 442
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: Acetyl or Acetal

Where does Polypenco fit it?

Seems that UK makers use that term, while North American makers use Delrin.
Forum: Technique & Instrument 10-02-2020, 08:54 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 442
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: Acetyl or Acetal

It's like all the people selling "poly viscous" and "poly vicious" kilts!

A matter of people not being sure of how to spell technical terms meets spellcheck.
Forum: Beer Tent 10-01-2020, 05:16 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 829
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: Catalin Question....

BTW the only Highland pipe maker I know of who has used that striped German stuff is Shepherd.

I had a Shepherd full imitation ivory set years ago mounted in that stuff. It was amazingly...
Forum: Beer Tent 10-01-2020, 09:15 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 829
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: Catalin Question....

Wow that's the best stuff I've seen.

Back in the 1930s they used celluloid that was striped. When it's turned into a ferrule or mouthpiece bulb it looks remarkably line Shreger lines, but when...
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 09-28-2020, 08:54 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 922
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: The Most Basic Beginner Topic: The Scale

Yes that's a great fingering for High A, and it's THE fingering for that note in certain other piping traditions (the Spanish, for one).

It's a handy thing to have in your bag of tricks.

Why?...
Forum: Beer Tent 09-27-2020, 05:09 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 874
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: First Exposure to Piping/Drumming

My former Pipe Major said that what inspired him to take up piping (which turned into a lifelong passion) was an episode of Scooby-Doo.

I grew up in a place where as far as I knew there were no...
Forum: Music 09-26-2020, 05:53 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 233
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: "A gift of a Thistle"

Back many years ago when I was doing 40 or 50 weddings a year I did that all the time. Then it was more difficult (no internet) so you would have to go to a music shop that had loads of sheet music...
Forum: Music 09-26-2020, 05:24 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 233
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: "A gift of a Thistle"

OK I looked it up

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4PE6gK2odM

a Low D whistle comes in at 0:15

the uilleann pipes come in at 0:43

It's For The Love Of A Princess, the same tune I wrote...
Forum: Music 09-26-2020, 05:06 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 233
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: "A gift of a Thistle"

It happened to me, I was asked to play a Braveheart tune at a wedding (For The Love Of A Princess).

So I asked Eric Rigler, the guy who played the pipes in Braveheart.

He said when he was...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 09-26-2020, 07:00 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,277
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: Bagpipe prices c1950

My copy of Highland Bagpipe Makers doesn't have any Robertson price lists, but they have them from several other makers. At any given time all the Scottish pipe makers charged similar prices- it's a...
Forum: Beer Tent 09-25-2020, 03:53 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 592
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: Proper subforum in which to introduce myself?

Actually most of the chat sites I visit have an "introduce yourself" forum.

It tends to be the most-frequented, or second-most frequented behind their miscellaneous catch-all forum.
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