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Forum: Beer Tent Today, 09:29 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,461
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 Yesterday, 07:13 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 155
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: 24
Views: 1,461
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: 24
Views: 1,461
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: 9
Views: 299
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: 15
Views: 478
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: 24
Views: 1,461
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: 1,857
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: 4
Views: 217
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: 4
Views: 217
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: 453
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: 277
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...
Forum: Beer Tent 08-06-2019, 02:59 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 385
Posted By CalumII
Re: Is travel to the UK in October a good idea?

I can't really see that you'd have any issues before the 31st. If you were visiting London, I would keep an eye on the news, because at times during this process there have been relatively ugly...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 08-04-2019, 05:18 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,857
Posted By CalumII
Re: Chanter reeds, what makes good, what makes bad?

Other way round, I'd say - in particular you find that if a ridge cut reed has a problem, it's usually unfixable, whereas there are a variety of tricks that work with a molded reed.






Oh...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 08-04-2019, 07:31 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,857
Posted By CalumII
Re: Chanter reeds, what makes good, what makes bad?

The trick is I find to find a method that is known to work, and then just to spend half an hour doing it for a long time. I found it best to start off making one reed at a time, rather than in...
Forum: Music 08-03-2019, 05:17 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 253
Posted By CalumII
Re: Robert Reid setting of the Ewe with the Crooked Horn

Yes, the book is still in print, I think (from the Patersons stable), and Reid's copyright will expire in 2039.
Forum: Technique & Instrument 08-03-2019, 05:15 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,857
Posted By CalumII
Re: Chanter reeds, what makes good, what makes bad?

Given the way the weather is going these days you might be able to grow it, though I wouldn't promise anything. A lot of zoning advice is based on pre WWII climate research. It's also quite...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 08-01-2019, 06:58 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,857
Posted By CalumII
Re: Chanter reeds, what makes good, what makes bad?

Some of the critical measurements can't be detected by eye - for example, the curvature of the inside of the cane is vital, but once tied on there's no way of seeing this. Similarly the thickness of...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 08-01-2019, 06:55 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 430
Posted By CalumII
Re: Just how low can you go?

It really depends what you consider to be a limit. You could build a pipe chanter that played in D quite easily, I think, and it would be playable, but you obviously couldn't tune drones to it, and...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 07-31-2019, 03:20 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,857
Posted By CalumII
Re: Chanter reeds, what makes good, what makes bad?

Essentially, what makes good reeds good is that they are very consistently made. Obviously the design must be right but first of all you must be able to turn out dozens of reeds with identical...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 07-31-2019, 03:16 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 13,460
Posted By CalumII
Re: New set by Pierre Blanchet

I know most people on this thread know this, but just for the benefit of anyone else - remember that until after WWII, A was not fixed at 440 (indeed, until the ability to measure the speed of the...
Forum: Beer Tent 07-30-2019, 03:13 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 898
Posted By CalumII
Re: Mark Lee Rocket Drone Reeds

Buy another set made to operate at the pressure you want.



I was rather narked about this as well when I bought a set and only discovered afterwards that I should have specified a weight that...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 07-28-2019, 08:43 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 327
Posted By CalumII
Re: Question about Smallpipe reeds

There are no stupid questions, apart from the one you didn't ask.



Basically, a reed must be matched in size to the drone it operates. The further you get from this, the less well it works. ...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 07-27-2019, 11:35 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 879
Posted By CalumII
Re: Low G won't sharpen

Remember when you use tape, you are altering the length of the vibrating column of air, which is what determines pitch. If you tape the end of the chanter, you are stopping the termination from...
Forum: Music Groups 07-27-2019, 11:32 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 544
Posted By CalumII
Re: Celtic multi-instrumentalists?

I play whistle and fiddle, and Uilleann pipes to an extent.



Although I play some tunes across multiple instruments, generally speaking I learn and play tunes on the instrument that suits it...
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