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Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 01-17-2021, 05:25 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 361
Posted By Toxpert
Re: Critique my playing

When learning new tunes....I slowly work through each movement and phrase using the practice chanter. I do not start to bring the tune up to tempo until I have every bit accurate for fingering and...
Forum: Beer Tent 01-08-2021, 09:06 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,536
Posted By Toxpert
Re: Thistle ghillies fit problem

Thistle makes a broad range of ghillie brogues style shoes. I have a couple pair of their shoes with padded insoles, padded topline, and welted construction. Nicely made and have had no problems....
Forum: Beer Tent 01-07-2021, 12:43 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,763
Posted By Toxpert
Re: Fondly remembered gigs?

Ah yes...weddings....
I played both the service and reception for one wedding. The reception was a homemade dinner affair with banquet tables in the living room. I played for food being served and...
Forum: Beer Tent 12-31-2020, 07:22 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,524
Posted By Toxpert
Re: So this is what the wait feels like... (new pipes)

Congrats! I recently experienced the firsthand anticipation for my first set of new pipes that is a keeper. Rick’s elves made a set of Robertson reproduction pipes with full mounts and ferrules using...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 12-14-2020, 08:06 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 4,335
Posted By Toxpert
Re: Changing birl style

My right hand little finger curls easily...not so on the left hand. I suspect 30+ years of birls has something to do with that flexibility. My birl is a wipe (down) followed by a snap back.
Forum: Beer Tent 12-06-2020, 10:59 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,763
Posted By Toxpert
Re: Fondly remembered gigs?

One more episode always stands out ... as a warning to be aware.
Performing Scottish Country Dancing at a retirement center and I also had piping duty to give our group a rest break. One lady in a...
Forum: Beer Tent 12-05-2020, 03:39 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,763
Posted By Toxpert
Re: Fondly remembered gigs?

So many...
The sad and humbling funerals as the piper for the police honor guard.

The glad ones including:
Playing the band solo piece at the stroke of midnight for New Year’s at Hard Rock...
Forum: Beer Tent 11-29-2020, 10:55 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,334
Posted By Toxpert
Re: Groped by women when performing?

My memories of playing band gigs include the blessing and curse of St Patrick’s Day. The blessing was lots of gigs that helped to fund our band budget. The curse developed over the day and was...
Forum: Beer Tent 11-28-2020, 06:54 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,414
Posted By Toxpert
Re: Piper in The Crown Season 4

Years ago I was contacted to play a AC/DC rock ‘n roll song. Long Way to the Top if You Want to Rock and Roll. This was for a label signing event for a short-lived band called Nadine. I met with the...
Forum: Beer Tent 11-19-2020, 08:47 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,624
Posted By Toxpert
Re: Catalin Question....

Do you still have the original (cracked) stock?
If so...it can be repaired.
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 11-14-2020, 09:39 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 413
Posted By Toxpert
Re: Help

The inlet flapper valve on my smallpipes bellows are mounted to a round insert that is mounted from the outside. If your bellows have a round fixture for the inlet valve, see if you can remove...
Forum: Beer Tent 11-12-2020, 05:36 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,769
Posted By Toxpert
Re: Polyester thread replacing hemp?

I just rehemped my ebony practice chanter using the Mandala Crafts 0.8mm waxed polyester product. I am a wet blower and my PC rapidly condenses a lot of water. I play the PC for a couple of 1 hour...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 11-11-2020, 10:53 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 652
Posted By Toxpert
Re: Pipe ID

I saw that also...almost double the selling price within less than 1 hour.
I looked at these as a potential restoration project...and passed. Looked like a smaller set and the stocks look like...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 11-01-2020, 10:22 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 450
Posted By Toxpert
Re: Split in blowstick_repair or leave it alone

I agree with this statement and have done this in past. The blowpipe and all stocks on my set of early Lawrie pipes had splits. As an alternative to whipping and creating a new exterior to these...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 10-31-2020, 03:18 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 450
Posted By Toxpert
Re: Split in blowstick_repair or leave it alone

Mccallums warranty period is 5 years after purchase.. or 5 years after the scribed manufacture date on the pipes. They are great to work with...very customer focused.
Forum: Technique & Instrument 10-30-2020, 11:58 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,841
Posted By Toxpert
Re: I Want To Try a New Brand of Drone Reeds

I just received a very nice and fast response from Shawn. He noted that his focus is on making chanter reeds and that he no longer makes cane drone reeds. It has been 5 years since he last made them....
Forum: Technique & Instrument 10-30-2020, 06:04 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,841
Posted By Toxpert
Re: I Want To Try a New Brand of Drone Reeds

Who makes a good cane reed? Old school cane with a bridle...
Forum: Beer Tent 10-29-2020, 06:56 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,235
Posted By Toxpert
Re: Time management as a multi-instrumentalist

I play the pipes with similar fingering...highland, border, lowland. I tried....past tense...tried Northumbrian smallpipes. My brain, fingers, or both just could not get the hang of closed chanter...
Forum: Beer Tent 10-28-2020, 02:22 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,624
Posted By Toxpert
Re: Catalin Question....

Yes indeed...Dunbar is using the premium imitation ivory with the lines. I went this route to get the full size of the Robertson projecting mounts. Rick noted that the standard imitation ivory...
Forum: Beer Tent 10-27-2020, 01:51 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,263
Posted By Toxpert
Re: Goodwill Find

That is the manufacturing name on the bottom of the bore oil bottle.
Forum: Beer Tent 10-26-2020, 12:48 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,263
Posted By Toxpert
Re: Goodwill Find

Yesterday...the listing included the option to ship to Canada and the United States. Today...pick up only.
Forum: Technique & Instrument 10-25-2020, 10:37 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,099
Posted By Toxpert
Re: I Need a Practice Chanter

In my case, the chanter was a mid1980s blackwood with silver ferrule and ivory sole. Despite taking care to oil, etc...the top developed a split that would open up with playing. I sent the chanter to...
Forum: Beer Tent 10-24-2020, 06:31 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,624
Posted By Toxpert
Re: Catalin Question....

Glad to here the Dunbar imitation ivory is holding its own for stability.
Rick and his elves are making me a set of Robertson clones in full premium imitation ivory. The premium grade is available...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 10-24-2020, 08:37 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,099
Posted By Toxpert
Re: I Need a Practice Chanter

I was not able to find poly chanter tops as a stock item from bagpipe purveyors. It’s most likely due to the one size would not fit all makes/brands.

Alexander is long gone as an active...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 10-23-2020, 11:28 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,099
Posted By Toxpert
Re: I Need a Practice Chanter

Talking about practice chanters...
Practice chanters with long-lost tops occasionally pop up for sale. I like to pick these up, have a poly top&mouthpiece made, and then pass them along as complete...
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