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Forum: Technique & Instrument 02-09-2019, 11:45 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 420
Posted By PMT
Re: Bass Drone Tuning - Feeling the Vibrations

The rule is to turn your back on the wind, or better still seek some shelter. Maybe we could try a bone anchored hearing device and just plug your bass drone straight into your skull :-) Probably...
Forum: Beer Tent 02-08-2019, 01:08 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,399
Posted By PMT
Re: Pakistani Bagpipe Challenge

I have had the "fun" of trying to make Pakistani sets just work on a regular basis as people bring the junk they purchased on the internet around for set up. I have given up, I just tell them it is...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 02-07-2019, 02:37 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 586
Posted By PMT
Re: Synth bass reed suggestion

You can find some Kintail sets have a very narrow bore in the bottom section of the bass. They can therefore be quite fussy sometimes with bass reeds. Inverted Ezee works well, especially the...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 01-31-2019, 03:59 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 620
Posted By PMT
Re: Bagpipe Humidification

Having a humidifier in your case not only protects your instrument, but helps to keep the reeds stable as well. Joints shrink less too which is a great advantage. I have two in my case. Also keeping...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 12-18-2018, 08:30 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 404
Posted By PMT
Re: Jay Boyd?

Jay stopped communication and reed supply quite some time ago.
Forum: Technique & Instrument 09-17-2018, 05:32 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 422
Posted By PMT
Re: Using Ross MCS, Drone Reeds Still Wet

Be careful, you can bake the kitty litter and it will become less effective, it also seems to become less effective with age. I only ever did about 1/2 of what the instructions said, but dried the...
Forum: Beer Tent 09-13-2018, 06:56 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 6,939
Posted By PMT
Re: What the Masters are playing

Should have mentioned Iain Speirs is playing a Mk2 McCallum. Thanks for the breakdown Shawn, very interesting to see the chanters and pitches.
Forum: Beer Tent 09-13-2018, 05:16 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 6,939
Posted By PMT
Re: What the Masters are playing

Stuart Liddell was competing with a new McCallum solo chanter that is still under development.
Forum: Beer Tent 09-12-2018, 06:23 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,614
Posted By PMT
Re: Top 5 List for better band ensemble

Some interesting discussion here. Playing together is a big step for some bands. Pipers and drummers need to be on the same page with beat placement, phrasing and how each tune is to be expressed....
Forum: Beer Tent 09-06-2018, 08:57 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,614
Posted By PMT
Re: Top 5 List

1. Play together
2. Tune accurately and balance up all of the sounds in the band
3. Write sympathetic drum scores and get the tempos right for the idiom
4. Don't over do the mid-section
5. Get...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 08-24-2018, 07:15 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,367
Posted By PMT
Re: Bass drones: world's observation.

Last time I saw Richards pipes, he had a standard Kinnaird bass and cane tenors. My point is, you will find all sorts of combinations, but at the end of the day it is about setting up right and a...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 08-24-2018, 06:52 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,367
Posted By PMT
Re: Bass drones: world's observation.

Having played in Grade 1 at the Worlds, I would refute all comments so far (politely and with respect). No one in their right mind would deliberately stop a tenor, you want as much drone depth from...
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 08-04-2018, 06:50 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,401
Posted By PMT
Re: HLI dominating Worlds

Robert Reid served with the HLI during the First War, but didn't take over as Pipe Major of the 7th HLI until after the war years. There were no championships held between 1914 and 1918, and despite...
Forum: Do It Yourself (DIY) 07-29-2018, 07:02 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,811
Posted By PMT
Re: Dowel reeds

We do a lot of testing of new reed designs for various makers. I think the question should be "who hasn't tried making reeds from blackwood dowels". I have numerous examples here.
Forum: Beer Tent 07-29-2018, 06:56 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,530
Posted By PMT
Re: Ivory keyboard destroyed

I saw this done to a set of pipes when the law first came in. Probably late 1980s. The pipes were sent to an instrument maker who stripped them of ivory, which in turn was destroyed. Over-zealous...
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 07-27-2018, 06:49 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,401
Posted By PMT
Re: HLI dominating Worlds

The HLI went through some numbering and name changes before the war during the restructuring of the territorial volunteer battalions and so the dominance is from one band. Pipe Major was John...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 06-20-2018, 10:50 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,609
Posted By PMT
Re: Bruce Gandy chanter - reviews?

I played one recently. It was a very good chanter. Close hole spacing, very comfortable. Nice sound, stable piob G. A little sharp on G requiring a little tape with some reeds, not all. Easy to...
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 05-10-2018, 10:02 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,052
Posted By PMT
Re: What band in this vintage photo?

Plenty if you play in the Polis!
Forum: Technique & Instrument 05-10-2018, 08:28 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,273
Posted By PMT
Re: Reed never stabilizes

A chanter reed rising in pitch is usually dry. Moisture brings the pitch down. Warmth brings it up when playing. It becomes a balancing act. A plastic chanter stock also will not help until you get...
Forum: Beer Tent 05-10-2018, 07:20 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,399
Posted By PMT
Re: Over abundance of pipe bands in your area?

In Singapore there were over 19 Boys Brigade Pipe Bands when I was last there. Others starting up had been discussed not through breakaway groups, but starting training programs at schools. There are...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 10-30-2017, 04:55 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,621
Posted By PMT
Re: Good pipe bag seasoning?

Seasoning selection depends on a number of things. It doesn't just seal the bag, but also maintains the moisture content of the bag.

Some are gum based and will suck up moisture and push it into...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 10-03-2017, 05:58 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,370
Posted By PMT
Re: Chanter Reed setup

I select a chanter reed slightly stronger than I want to play and then blow it in. If it does not reach the strength or tone I want then I will manipulate it appropriately. When I select a reed I...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 10-03-2017, 06:37 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,078
Posted By PMT
Re: Reeds for new Macraes drones

I set a set up with Ezee tenors and an MG bass and they were absolutely awe inspiring.
Forum: Technique & Instrument 09-19-2017, 05:36 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,399
Posted By PMT
Re: Varnish (and other stuff) on Pipes

The problem with blackwood is that it is very oily and quite often lacquer doesn't dry. Some oil finishes are similar. Lacquer also does cause a dulling of the sound. I notice a distinct improvement...
Forum: Beer Tent 09-01-2017, 12:34 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,098
Posted By PMT
Re: Boyle's Law and Bag Size

Thats the one Richard. He looks pretty comfortable. I bet he has no moisture problems at all! :thumb:

I always thought Boyle's law was the one about whatever line you are in moves the slowest :-)
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