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Forum: Technique & Instrument 01-30-2019, 06:15 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,123
Posted By mcaskill
Re: Help Improving Band Tuning

Having played quite a bit in Australia, I will say that you are going to have some unique issues over and above the basics of tuning. It would be logical to take advantage of some of your local...
Forum: Beer Tent 12-04-2018, 05:14 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,878
Posted By mcaskill
Re: On competition - is music a sport

Not according to the definitions of our departments of sport and recreation when looking at grants. But because we compete we are also not the arts!
Forum: Music 12-04-2018, 05:12 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,470
Posted By mcaskill
Re: The Art of the 6/8 March

This is probably very relevant to the conversation. I think it is a good synopsis http://www.schoolofpiping.com/articles/tidswell_compound_marches.pdf
Forum: Technique & Instrument 11-12-2018, 04:34 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,243
Posted By mcaskill
Re: What's new in bore oil?

I have been using "The Makers Choice" oils for a while now. found them to be excellent. https://sites.google.com/site/themakerschoiceproducts/bore-oil...
Forum: Beer Tent 07-27-2018, 10:52 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,327
Posted By mcaskill
Re: New set of pipes

First let me state that I am not a shop. I will not be selling anyone anything, and have never made a claim to be a seller of any kind. All I have done here is respond to a request for opinion, and...
Forum: Beer Tent 07-27-2018, 06:31 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,327
Posted By mcaskill
Re: New set of pipes

Having set up many sets of plastic pipes, dating right back to the Warnock pipes of the 80s. It always strikes me that the owner could have paid a few extra $$$ and got a really nice wood set. There...
Forum: Beer Tent 07-22-2018, 08:33 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,327
Posted By mcaskill
Re: New set of pipes

There are some good pipe makers in Australia. There are also some good suppliers. Pipes coming into the country attract a 10% GST and must have a CITES permit for the wood. That is why I suggested a...
Forum: Beer Tent 07-22-2018, 04:33 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,327
Posted By mcaskill
Re: New set of pipes

I notice you are in Australia. There are some very good dealers there and they will take care of importing, CITES and any warranty issues. I have purchased a set from The School of Piping Shop...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 05-10-2018, 07:50 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,229
Posted By mcaskill
Re: Drone reeds roaring

Usually a roaring bass is dealt with by moving the bridle and shortening the tongue. Ensuring the top section is set up on the hempline and the lower section is not tuning too high. There is little...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 05-10-2018, 07:41 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,503
Posted By mcaskill
Re: BlowPro Pressure Monitor

There are some simple ones on the market. I have my students use the pressure gauge from here: http://www.schoolofpiping.com/shop/beginners_publications.html They are cheap, but extremely effective....
Forum: Technique & Instrument 07-25-2017, 09:44 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 838
Posted By mcaskill
Re: Bag Flushing

The School of Piping site has an articles page here at http://www.schoolofpiping.com/articles.html

There is an excellent article on Bagpipe Hygiene that mentions cleaning out your bag.

I...
Forum: Beer Tent 06-07-2017, 07:04 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,297
Posted By mcaskill
Re: Wedding Nerves.

There is an excellent article on performing on The School of Piping site. I have found it very helpful to direct my pupils to it over the years. http://www.schoolofpiping.com/articles/psychology.pdf...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 04-30-2017, 11:41 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,372
Posted By mcaskill
Re: 3-Corner File for Chanter Reed Mods???

I recently went to a seminar at which Brett Tidswell was talking about reeds. He indeed used a 3 corner file, a very fine one. He also used a reed stick made with the stick-on abrasive paper and an...
Forum: Beer Tent 11-10-2016, 05:09 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,392
Posted By mcaskill
Re: Drying Out of Pipes...

Certainly good advice. The Pipers' Handbook was always my go to manual for the GHB. As mentioned it has dated in some aspects, but compared to products now on the market the information is a little...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 07-23-2015, 04:19 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 8,398
Posted By mcaskill
Re: Lee and Sons vs. Gannaway

I have played both bags. I had serious issues with the Lee bag and have seen several others with similar problems, granted that was early on in their development.

With the Gannaway bags I have...
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 06-29-2015, 07:35 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,910
Posted By mcaskill
Re: Sight Reading

This is an article you might find handy.

http://www.schoolofpiping.com/articles/sight-reading.pdf
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 06-29-2015, 07:32 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,412
Posted By mcaskill
Re: Cane drone reeds

The Reed Book or The Complete Pipers Handbook from The School of Piping Shop are resources that I found very helpful in dealing with Cane reeds. There are fewer good pipers these days with experience...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 03-10-2015, 04:43 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,986
Posted By mcaskill
Re: What kind of oil?

I have been using Makers Choice, made by pipers, and I love it. Completely natural, very refined. Bore oil and joint lube is particularly great, It is hard to find a natural joint lube that doesn't...
Forum: Beer Tent 01-17-2015, 03:55 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,026
Posted By mcaskill
Re: Overseas purchase...

If you google Pipebanduniform.com you will find a multitude of horror stories. I made a purchase through them once. Got a sample and the remainder of the order was nothing like the quality of the...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 12-16-2014, 07:57 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,986
Posted By mcaskill
Re: Drone reed and tone

I don't think any of the reeds you have mentioned are particularly refined? Mixing to that extent seems a recipe for disaster to me. I always have two of the same tenors, balanced as closely as...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 12-16-2014, 07:55 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 821
Posted By mcaskill
Re: Chanter Reed Breaking in to a Particular Chanter

This is usually a matter of reseating the reed to a depth that suits the other chanter. Some reeds do go better in some chanters than others though.
Forum: Technique & Instrument 12-16-2014, 07:54 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,224
Posted By mcaskill
Re: Tying in a Gannaway Bag

I too have been playing a Gannaway bag for many, many years.

First I have never seen anyone season a bag before tying in. That is quite ridiculous as it will cause the bag to slip, make a mess...
Forum: Piobaireachd 12-08-2014, 07:22 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,009
Posted By mcaskill
Re: Piobaireachd Embellishments

College of Piping Piobaireachd Tutor (book 4)
Logan's Tutor
Bill Robertson's Piobaireachd Tutor
Jim McGillivray's Piobaireachd movements book

There are plenty of guides on the market. No need...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 12-06-2014, 04:54 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,353
Posted By mcaskill
Re: Shepherd Chanter HG

A lot of top bands modify the throat of their chanters to improve High G stability.
A tapered reamer is used and it should be very precise.
Forum: Technique & Instrument 12-06-2014, 04:51 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,183
Posted By mcaskill
Re: Bagpipe pressure gauge

I think that the advantage is seeing what is happening when it is happening. Analysing afterwards has little effect as you cannot see what you are doing physically at the time something went wrong. ...
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