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Forum: Beer Tent 03-17-2020, 10:19 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,325
Posted By Matt Buckley
Re: Favourite chanter pitch

Upon retirement 8 years ago from the Grade III band I was competing with, I went back to my Hamish Moore concert Bb chanter. Love it.
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 01-30-2020, 11:49 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 530
Posted By Matt Buckley
Re: Pipers in The Royal Tank Corps

Not exactly on point, but I was traveling over Christmas and stopped in for a snack at McDonald's. Man, mid-90s, sitting there having lunch, with a WWII Veteran hat on. As I always do these days, I...
Forum: Beer Tent 01-17-2020, 05:59 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 656
Posted By Matt Buckley
Re: Curious eBay smallpipe

Not HM pipes. Perhaps one of the chanters.

Matt
Forum: Beer Tent 01-07-2020, 09:38 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,387
Posted By Matt Buckley
Re: Wedding dilemma

In addition to what others have pointed out, I would add that it's important to understand how the emotion of the moment can, literally, impair your ability to play. Years ago I was asked to play...
Forum: Beer Tent 12-21-2019, 07:52 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 910
Posted By Matt Buckley
Re: Pipe Tunes for the Season

The classic Charles Wesley hymn “Come Thou Long Expected Jesus” is beautiful on the pipes.
Forum: Beer Tent 12-11-2019, 07:21 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 6,613
Posted By Matt Buckley
Re: Forum activity levels

But I wonder if it's worth revisiting now. Surely there's a middle ground. For example, you are allotted no more than --- number of name changes?
Forum: Beer Tent 12-10-2019, 09:33 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 6,613
Posted By Matt Buckley
Re: Forum activity levels

A couple of thoughts.

First, other forums, e.g. thesession.org, allow for a change of names. The posts don't disappear, but simply appear under a different name. For reasons having nothing to do...
Forum: Beer Tent 11-11-2019, 09:14 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,069
Posted By Matt Buckley
Re: Listen to this

I think Calum and J.R. have it exactly right.

I recently went through the Ceol Sean collection looking for old strathspeys rarely or uncommonly heard anymore. Took me several weeks, and I...
Forum: Beer Tent 11-04-2019, 03:25 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,434
Posted By Matt Buckley
Re: Kilts and proper kilts, Oy vey ist meir....

The attraction, for many of us, has always been the music, first and foremost. It is, indeed, I think an odd comment to wonder "what the attraction is in the first place." If the Victorian...
Forum: Beer Tent 09-27-2019, 09:52 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,636
Posted By Matt Buckley
Re: Stories of a broken Pipe Bands Australia

To paraphrase Sayre's Law: All this vicious fighting about [piping] politics is because the stakes are so low.
Forum: Music 09-06-2019, 07:20 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 693
Posted By Matt Buckley
Re: Current Obsession w/Kantara to El Arish

Patrick -

Thanks for the reply. You may well be correct. But I'm not completely convinced it's a typo, given that Fergussan wrote it and it is in the Fergussan collection. And the E works.
...
Forum: Music 09-05-2019, 07:16 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 693
Posted By Matt Buckley
Current Obsession w/Kantara to El Arish

I am rediscovering Kantara to El Arish. Brilliant, brilliant tune.

I have a question about just one note, but I think it actually makes a difference in the feel of the tune. In the 1939...
Forum: Beer Tent 08-08-2019, 10:02 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 14,800
Posted By Matt Buckley
Re: Who makes this reed?

When I first started competing more than 15 years ago, I used the concert Bb chanter that came with the concert Bb set made by Hamish Moore. I was marked down for having a "dull" "unpleasant" sound...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 05-29-2019, 05:21 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 760
Posted By Matt Buckley
Re: Rob Crabtree Smallpipe Question

Jim -

Thanks for weighing in.

Matt
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 05-28-2019, 10:04 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 760
Posted By Matt Buckley
Rob Crabtree Smallpipe Question

Interesting discussion going on over at session.org. According to one individual, on Rob's first CD, the small pipe tracks appear to be sounding in Eb, as in an Eb set of pipes. A half-tone higher...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 03-18-2019, 05:04 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 357
Posted By Matt Buckley
Cairdeas - Vermont 2019

Just thought I'd give an early shout out regarding the 31st Annual Vermont Bellowspipe School, now known as Cairdeas. Still several spaces left.

www.cairdeas.org


Check it out if you...
Forum: Beer Tent 03-18-2019, 04:46 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,538
Posted By Matt Buckley
Re: Piping Books

Traditional Gaelic Bagpiping, 1745 - 1945. John G. Gibson


Great, great read. Among other things, it addresses in detail myths like the banning of the pipes.
Forum: Beer Tent 09-04-2018, 09:08 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 6,387
Posted By Matt Buckley
Re: Worst venue of 2018...go!

When I was in the scene, one of my favorite venues was the Manchester NH Indoor Competition. Just piping, no Scottish Cheese.
Forum: Beer Tent 08-31-2018, 05:10 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 12,833
Posted By Matt Buckley
Re: What happened at McCain's memorial service

"May I make note... that there are none here... or anywhere
else... who are immune to... or who are exempt from... a bad
reed... or bad temp/humidity difficulties... or sudden fidgets...
or just...
Forum: Beer Tent 06-07-2018, 09:28 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 5,321
Posted By Matt Buckley
Re: What is your favorite tune?

Heroes of St. Valery. A beautiful and grand little-played 4-part retreat. I don't understand why it's not more common.

Cheers.

Matt
Forum: Technique & Instrument 05-23-2018, 04:39 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,536
Posted By Matt Buckley
Re: Chanter Reeds for Concert Pitch Bb Chanter

I ordered a medium and an easy. No bands. I'll report back.

Matt
Forum: Technique & Instrument 05-22-2018, 05:14 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,536
Posted By Matt Buckley
Re: Chanter Reeds for Concert Pitch Bb Chanter

Thank folks. I ordered a couple of Shepherd Bb reeds from Pipers Hut yesterday afternoon.

Matt
Forum: Technique & Instrument 05-20-2018, 05:19 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,536
Posted By Matt Buckley
Chanter Reeds for Concert Pitch Bb Chanter

Post band and solo comp. scene, I am reviving my concert pitch Bb chanter. Anyone know of a good source for lower pitch reeds?

Thanks.
Forum: Beer Tent 03-12-2018, 09:47 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,020
Posted By Matt Buckley
Re: Piper at the Billy Graham funeral

I've felt for some time that Eric Rigler, at Reagan's funeral, set the standard for high profile funerals. Flawless piping and comportment. Tasteful, understated kit.
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 01-23-2018, 09:10 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,304
Posted By Matt Buckley
Re: Walking Away From It!

So, at the risk of asking the obvious, are you keeping a moist sponge in your case? I'm in Vermont, with all the crazy temp. changes, and my chanter reed overall stays fine. I don't touch it. I...
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