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Forum: Technique & Instrument Today, 06:02 AM
Replies: 13
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Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: My personal experience with Blackwood pipes (had no choice but to attach it)

About the new RG Hardie/Henderson/St Kilda Group pipes, Mr Dunn himself cleared up all of this, posting the following under his Dunsire name R. G. HARDIE on an earlier thread:

"The bores on the...
Forum: Beer Tent Today, 05:43 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 706
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: Tired of the same old tunes at massed bands

What a sad and outrageous turn of events there Roddy.

It's exactly what I would fear if a similar thing was attempted here.

I would be all for taking a baby step, say introducing (as a...
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage Today, 05:30 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 382
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: Repro horseshair sporrrans (Pakistan); worth it or not?

Black Watch pipers wore Royal Stewart from sometime around the mid-19th century. Before that they wore the Black Watch "music tartan" which was worn by all Black Watch musicians. I don't know exactly...
Forum: Technique & Instrument Yesterday, 07:00 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 565
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: My personal experience with Blackwood pipes (had no choice but to attach it)

Sorry but I'm not going to go through the process of downloading a file from somebody I don't know, to read about you receiving your pipes.

I'm sure it would be an easy matter to edit down your...
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage Yesterday, 06:46 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 382
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: Repro horseshair sporrrans (Pakistan); worth it or not?

The quality on that one looks pretty good, but be warned that that is NOT a Cameron Highlanders pattern sporran.

The cantle looks sort of like the shape of the old OR Black Watch sporrans, and it...
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage Yesterday, 06:33 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 382
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: Repro horseshair sporrrans (Pakistan); worth it or not?

Back to the OP, are we talking "military sporrans" in the sense of horsehair sporrans in general, or specifically speaking of reproductions of the exact patterns worn by specific Scottish regiments? ...
Forum: Beer Tent Yesterday, 06:03 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 706
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: Tired of the same old tunes at massed bands

There's much about those days I don't remember...
Forum: Beer Tent Yesterday, 06:00 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,449
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: Overabundance of pipe bands in your area?

Interesting that you say "don't give a hoot about sartorial uniformity" then in the next sentence propose a uniform :)

BTW (and sorry it's something of a soapbox thing for me) most or all USA pipe...
Forum: Beer Tent Yesterday, 05:49 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 706
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: Tired of the same old tunes at massed bands

It used to be that way, remember?

Santa Rosa back in the day?

Each band would march out separately, and playing whatever music they wanted.

It took a while.

I think The Worlds is...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 05-23-2018, 06:13 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 322
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: Practice Chanter hertz

The ironic thing is how while the pitch of pipe chanters has been going up, the pitch of most practice chanters has been going down.

When I started piping in the mid-1970s pipe chanters and...
Forum: Beer Tent 05-23-2018, 05:52 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 706
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: Tired of the same old tunes at massed bands

Agreed, but it would be difficult to put into practice.

Say a particular Pipe Band Association decides to do away with the old Massed Band tunes and sends music of cool new tunes to all its...
Forum: Beer Tent 05-23-2018, 05:44 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 966
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: These pipes on ebay are a wow to me

Dave Atherton talked about that in one of his articles, how the "classic" GHB makers had a more or less "form follows function" ethos, and the wall-thickness of their drones was fairly uniform.
...
Forum: Beer Tent 05-23-2018, 05:36 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 966
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: These pipes on eBay are a wow to me

"Les enchères sur cet objet sont terminées."

So I don't know what pipes those were, too bad I came too late to this discussion.
Forum: Beer Tent 05-23-2018, 05:18 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,376
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: Yanny or Laurel?

I've read that linguists have found that in normal conversation we're only hearing around half of what somebody is saying, our brain reconstructing the rest based on what our brain expects to hear. ...
Forum: Beer Tent 05-17-2018, 06:45 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,449
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: Overabundance of pipe bands in your area?

That's a fantastic idea! How about it, Jim??

Wait... who will be PM, you or me?

I don't think it will work to combine our forces...I'm sure we have different band philosophies, or maybe we like...
Forum: Beer Tent 05-16-2018, 05:51 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 601
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: BEST Chalice style

It depends on what you mean by "chalice style" and how you define "best".

By "best" do you mean best-looking? Or the best-sounding?

And the term "chalice" drone tops is used loosely, to mean...
Forum: Beer Tent 05-15-2018, 05:28 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,449
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: Overabundance of pipe bands in your area?

The WUSPBA site currently lists 17 competition bands in Southern California. Add to that a number of "street bands".
Forum: Beer Tent 05-15-2018, 05:11 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,449
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: Overabundance of pipe bands in your area?

"Six to ten pipes and three sides is no longer sufficient for a top-flight grade 3 or 4 band."

"It would be good if people could get on better, then instead of 6 mediocre bands you might have 2...
Forum: Beer Tent 05-12-2018, 05:09 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 5,228
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: Well-known pipers who play easy reeds?

This caught my attention, because I've visited the well-known reedmaker Steve Megarity and he appeared to have an example of the chanter of each band he makes reeds for, and the reeds are made...
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 05-12-2018, 04:45 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 9,003
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: The iconography of PM Evan MacRae

Yes for 150 years, from their raising in 1793 until 1943, when as stated above King George VI "ordered the pipers to wear his personal tartan, the Royal Stewart".

They wore Royal Stewart for a...
Forum: Beer Tent 05-12-2018, 04:31 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 5,228
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: Well-known pipers who play easy reeds?

Back to the original question "well-known pipers who play easy reeds?" back in the early 1980s I attended a piping school where the head instructor was Evan MacRae. He won a Gold Medal around that...
Forum: Beer Tent 05-12-2018, 03:55 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 328
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: Interesting short read "The keening whine and thrilling drone of the bagpipes"

We have three High Schools here in Southern California that have bagpipe programs. (That I know of, there might be more.)

Helix I had heard of but didn't know anything about.

The ones I know...
Forum: Beer Tent 05-10-2018, 06:39 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,449
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: Over abundance of pipe bands in your area?

I think the important question isn't how many pipe bands there are relative to the total population of a region, but rather how many pipe bands there are relative to the pool of players in the...
Forum: Beer Tent 05-07-2018, 07:21 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 3,290
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: Pipes, A Serious Commitment…The Grumbles of a Newbie

Here's the discussion on that part

http://forums.bobdunsire.com/forums/showthread.php?t=166440

and yes I'm in California myself!

And you're much, much more likely to find a nice GHB than you...
Forum: Beer Tent 05-07-2018, 07:15 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 662
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: Where to Look, and When for a "good deal"

Pin replacement is a common and standard job for any pipemaker to do.

Yes the cost of the job has to be factored in ($100 the last time I had it done) but I certainly haven't been put off getting...
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