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Forum: Technique & Instrument 06-03-2020, 04:08 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,198
Posted By Alain Marion
Re: Ackland 480 Drone Reeds - Play Test, Comparison, & Review!

El Gaitero: I'm having this little issue with both short/high pitch and regular length Ezeedrones. In the end, it's not really a big problem because as soon as the top drone section is a hair below...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 06-03-2020, 01:26 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,198
Posted By Alain Marion
Re: Ackland 480 Drone Reeds - Play Test, Comparison, & Review!

Hi El Gaitero,

When playing Ezeedrones, I have noticed the exact same thing with the tenors of my MacDougall replica: as soon as some hemp is visible, they may suddenly become unstable with the...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 06-03-2020, 09:04 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,198
Posted By Alain Marion
Re: Ackland 480 Drone Reeds - Play Test, Comparison, & Review!

After reading and watching several reviews about the Ackland 480s, I contacted Terry and asked him if he could make a higher-pitched version of his new drone reeds. I wanted to try them in my replica...
Forum: Trading Post Archive 02-24-2020, 05:10 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 120
Posted By Alain Marion
FS: Crozier V2 drone reeds - $65 ($75 CDN)

Selling a set of Crozier V2 drone reeds, in excellent condition. These are the “higher pitch” reeds made by Crozier.

The reeds were used sporadically over a period of about six months, so they...
Forum: Trading Post Archive 10-03-2019, 05:02 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 235
Posted By Alain Marion
FS: Colin Kyo Poly Pipe Chanter - $110

Selling one of the 3 Colin Kyo pipe chanters I own. With 2 sets of pipes, I don't need 3 chanters of the same make, however great they are!

This chanter is uncarved, and in excellent condition....
Forum: Trading Post Archive 09-14-2019, 03:30 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 248
Posted By Alain Marion
FS: ABW Soutar pipe chanter w/engraved silver band - $225

I have a great African Blackwood pipe chanter for sale. It was made by Duncan Soutar of Saint Andrews 8 years ago, and it features a silver band (Celtic knot) which was hand engraved by Murray...
Forum: Trading Post Archive 09-04-2019, 03:25 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 187
Posted By Alain Marion
FS: Gannaway med. ext. bag w/zipper - $120 CDN

I have a Gannaway bag for sale.

Size is extended medium (28" x 10 1/2"). Bag has a zipper but no gommets. The stocks must therefore be tied-in the old fashion way.

The bag was used...
Forum: Trading Post Archive 08-19-2019, 02:28 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 282
Posted By Alain Marion
FS: Lee & Sons medium-extended cowhide pipe bag - $60CDN

Lee & Sons cowhide pipe bag. Size is extended medium. Overall length is 30.5 inches (77 cm), width when flat is 10.5 inches (26.7 cm).

This bag is about 4 inches (10 cm) longer than a Bannatyne...
Forum: Trading Post Archive 08-19-2019, 02:00 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 107
Posted By Alain Marion
FS: Soutar, McCallum, Walsh poly pipe chanters - $75CDN

I have 3 excellent polypenco (plastic) bagpipe chanters for sale. They are all in excellent condition and uncarved.

Duncan Soutar (left in the picture). Feels very similar to a Colin Kyo in the...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 07-25-2019, 01:35 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 16,134
Posted By Alain Marion
Re: New set by Pierre Blanchet

The piper who can be heard in the recordings available through this thread is my good friend Yves Tison from Lassay-sur-Croisne (Sologne region, France).

Yves was playing his original Alexander...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 06-26-2019, 11:56 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,877
Posted By Alain Marion
Re: Robertson bagpipes

Thanks Soren!

Beautiful set - and it also appears to be in great condition.

What is your set-up? In terms of overall volume, bass presence and bass/tenor blend, how does it compare to other...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 06-26-2019, 09:40 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,877
Posted By Alain Marion
Re: Robertson bagpipes

Good for you! Can you show us a few pictures of the instrument?

A few months ago I acquired a Robertson replica from Jim McGillivray. The wood is Royal Mexican Ebony or Katalox. Absolutely...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 06-25-2019, 04:06 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 723
Posted By Alain Marion
Re: Reeding a Colin Kyo for 475 Hz

Hi Swepiper,

With Husk, Gilmour and McTy reeds, my poly and blackwood Kyo chanters pitch between 474-476, with little or no tape at all.

I live in Ottawa, so likely similar environmental...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 05-06-2019, 06:35 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,761
Posted By Alain Marion
Re: Pinkie Finger Down for Quick C?

In Logan's Complete Tutor for the Highland Bagpipe (revised edition, Paterson's Publications), Captain John MacLellan MBE describes the two ways of making C, closed and open. There is a note that...
Forum: Trading Post Archive 12-01-2018, 06:50 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 115
Posted By Alain Marion
FS: Kilt, 16 oz. Henderson muted tartan, W: 39 L:25 - $225

I have a heavy weight (16 oz) kilt for sale. Tartan is Henderson muted from Marton Mills. Pleated to the sett, waist is 39 inches and length 25 inches. Includes tartan flashes.

This kilt was made...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 09-03-2018, 03:16 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,359
Posted By Alain Marion
Re: Setting drone reeds on Sinclair GHB

Hi,

I have a set of 1983 Sinclair pipes. Relatively small bores… The best combination drone reeds for me are Crozier V2s (tenors) and Balance Tone (older, grey model, unsure is those are still...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 07-09-2018, 04:56 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 874
Posted By Alain Marion
Re: Drone reeds for old pipes

Hi,

Balance Tone might work. They will likely give a loud and somewhat buzzing tone in a 1970 Grainger & Campbell pipe.


Good luck!
Forum: Technique & Instrument 04-13-2018, 02:02 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,454
Posted By Alain Marion
Re: Best drone reed starting again

Hi!

I would recommend either Kinnaird Evolutions or Crozier Carbon Fiber.

Crozier makes several models, and I've tried them all over the years (Crozier Fiberglass; Cane; V2s; Omegas), but in...
Forum: Trading Post Archive 04-05-2018, 10:09 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 281
Posted By Alain Marion
FS: MacMurchie poly chamber pipes – $350 CDN/$275 USD

For sale is a complete set of MacMurchie miniature or chamber poly bagpipes, plain turned with button mounts and imitation ivory bushings.

The pipes are approximately 10 years old, but were...
Forum: Trading Post Archive 04-01-2018, 01:09 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 217
Posted By Alain Marion
FS: Sinclair Ivory GHB 1983, engraved slides – mint - $3500 CDN

For sale is a superb set of African Blackwood William Sinclair & Sons bagpipes, full ivory, with hand-engraved aluminum slides. The engraving design is very nice and rather unique: Celtic seahorse. ...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 01-14-2018, 07:20 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 684
Posted By Alain Marion
Re: Drone Reeds For Macdougalls

Your set was probably made by Gavin MacDougall. I have a replica of a c. 1870 Duncan MacDougall pipe, and for me the best reed combinations are:

Tenors - Ezeedrones "moisture absorption" or...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 08-04-2017, 05:27 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,536
Posted By Alain Marion
Re: Sinclair pipes tuning low on pins

Hi,

I'm getting good results with Crozier V2s in the tenors, and an old Balance Tone in the bass (grey colour, not the latest version which is yellow). Full, rich, yet refined tone and the pipes...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 04-05-2017, 11:19 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,800
Posted By Alain Marion
Re: Matching Drone Reeds

I have had the pleasure of playing a variety of pipes over the years, both "vintage" and modern, as well as a wide range of reeds in them. Based on my experience, here are some observations that you...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 03-17-2017, 06:26 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,618
Posted By Alain Marion
Re: Removing the cap from a Sinclair Tenor Drone

Hi,

You may also consider making your tenor "flat top". I have a set of full ivory Sinclairs made in the the late 1970s or early 80s that have no bushings. Super tone...

In addition to...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 02-26-2017, 12:50 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,159
Posted By Alain Marion
Re: Old Gillanders - remove the catalin?

May be by now you are starting to like aged catalin!

You own these pipes, so you can do whatever you like with them... There is nothing "sacred" in any bagpipe, it is only wood and some other ...
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