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Forum: Technique & Instrument 02-19-2019, 01:47 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,173
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Chanter bias?

I strongly suspect that most judges couldn't give a rat's rear-end, particularly at the amateur levels.

Understanding that competition is a sport, sure, if you're competing at the very highest...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 02-19-2019, 01:28 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 539
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Polished drone bores?

There's certainly a trend in bagpipe marketing towards using bore-finish as a mark of superior craftsmanship.

Anecdotally, my ear tells me that it's not that important. There are a lot of other...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 02-19-2019, 01:22 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,173
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Chanter bias?

And frankly, every blackwood chanter is different because wood is an organic material. It's thoroughly possible to get a good one or a bad one from any maker.
Forum: Technique & Instrument 02-19-2019, 01:20 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,173
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Chanter bias?

Does the individual in question happen to sell the brand of chanter that he recommended? :grin::grin:

Just ignore it. If your chanter sounds good, then it does. If you DIDN'T like the sound you...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 02-19-2019, 01:11 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 565
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: 2019 setup, changes?

My primary setup isn't changing:

Henderson (early 1900s, blackwood) drones
Ezeedrone tenors
Henderson Harmonic Deluxe bass
Gannaway bag
split-stock tube trap

Last year, my #2 bagpipe was...
Forum: Pipe Bands 02-19-2019, 01:02 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 635
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Too Much Tape

This. I certainly do carve chanters when necessary, but it's wise not to modify a $150+ chanter when what's really needed is a new $15 reed.
Forum: Technique & Instrument 02-12-2019, 09:42 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 718
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Teachers and diaphragm vibrato

Bear in mind that the modern highland pipe chanter and reed have evolved considerably over the last century or so. We tend to play a lot sharper, significantly louder, and with the crystalline...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 02-08-2019, 11:03 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,297
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Help Improving Band Tuning

Additionally, I WILL send a player out of the circle to fix issues if their instrument isn't going at an acceptable level. No sound person/PM/whatever can spend tons of time on one bagpipe while...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 02-08-2019, 10:58 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,297
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Help Improving Band Tuning

I'm sure this is the bane of every PM's existence...

I'm sure every PM has a different approach to tuning, which is why I've been hesitant to weigh in here. I think it's important to try to...
Forum: Beer Tent 02-04-2019, 01:15 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,399
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Pakistani Bagpipe Challenge

You'd have to have a much higher frustration tolerance (and a lot more time on your hands) than I do to bother with this.

Why not save your time and support a local (real) pipe maker?
Forum: Technique & Instrument 02-04-2019, 01:11 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 725
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Tying in a new bag

Go slow and be careful. It'll be more awkward and take longer than you expect it to. Goatskin is one of the more difficult materials to work with (certainly harder than cowhide), so make sure you...
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 02-01-2019, 12:34 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,400
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Third time..crash and burn

Please don't take this the wrong way, but you were probably under-prepared. I find that there is a WORLD of difference between the level of "ready" that it takes to play through a tune without...
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 01-25-2019, 12:27 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,650
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Losing air at bass drone

A lot of makes of synthetic reeds leak air if they're not set up right. In some cases, you can't COMPLETELY eliminate it, but you can always adjust your way to high efficiency. It's NOT TRUE that...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 01-25-2019, 12:23 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,483
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: "B" Flat Set up

I bought a G1 b-flat chanter last year for a gig. I play a standard Shepherd straight-cut reed in it (NOT their purpose-made b-flat reed), just out of sheer laziness (I set it up with what I had...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 01-15-2019, 01:46 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,432
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: An epiphany/blowing tone

Yup. Once you've heard yourself produce real tone, there is no going back. You'll never again accept an instrument or setup that doesn't do it.
Forum: Technique & Instrument 01-05-2019, 09:38 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,483
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: "B" Flat Set up

Depends on what key the tune you're playing is in. The organist will need to play a half-step up from as-written to be in tune with you (so, E-flat for tunes in D-major, such as Amazing Grace or...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 12-17-2018, 10:58 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,518
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Orig or restored?

This is a deep and subtle question. My opinion is that if an instrument has an important and meaningful pedigree as a historical artifact, then it should be preserved as a museum conservator would. ...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 12-17-2018, 10:45 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,143
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Practice chanter tuning

First off, why aren't they made to a standard pitch? I know that blowing strength varies, but trying to tune chanters from various makers to a standard pitch (say, 466...) can be a huge pain. Why? It...
Forum: Beer Tent 12-14-2018, 09:42 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,152
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: A real bitey blower

Make your pipes easier. If you have that kind of tension when you're playing, you're probably working way too hard.
Forum: Technique & Instrument 12-14-2018, 09:40 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,143
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Practice chanter tuning

This is an ongoing sore subject for me: a lot of commercially-available practice chanters and (particularly) practice chanter reeds, are junk. As consumers, we need to stop accepting practice...
Forum: Beer Tent 12-10-2018, 11:54 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,424
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: On competition - is music a sport

I'll be the one to go out on a limb: I DO believe that many highland pipers, pipe bands and instructors ARE too focused on competition.

I have nothing against competition in and of itself....
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 12-10-2018, 11:37 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,077
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: First time jitters

It's fine; things happen. It's just one day.

I'd suggest keeping your warm-up for any sort of performance as minimal as possible. DO NOT "practice" on the day. You need to be prepared ahead of...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 12-07-2018, 12:05 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,405
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Modern Brakes on Tempo

Because clean playing wins competitions. Modern, high-status players are not playing for dancing, or to move a military formation from one location to another, or to entertain their friends. Their...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 12-07-2018, 11:54 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,966
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Opinion on '90s(?) Hardies?

Buyer beware. That was not a great era for Hardie.
Forum: Pipe Bands 12-07-2018, 11:14 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,750
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: What does the EUSPBA do?

I don't think Steve, Nate, and thevoidboy are fundamentally in disagreement. And I agree with all of you :).

Competition is part of the piping culture, and it does do something to preserve and...
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