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Forum: Beer Tent 05-17-2015, 05:12 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,554
Posted By RobMacD
Where are you putting your pipes when not playing?

I had an issue where all of my drone tops cracked due to what I now believe was severe humidity changes (15% ambient air humidity at the time). Now I completely disassemble mine. Chanter out and...
Forum: Beer Tent 05-17-2015, 04:42 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,498
Posted By RobMacD
paraplegic piping

If you find the GHB to be to cumbersome give your situation you could look into bellows or mouth blown smallpipes as well. Same fingerings, smaller instrument, and designed to be played while seated.
Forum: Beer Tent 04-19-2015, 04:57 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 6,980
Posted By RobMacD
(Promise, not trolling...) National Anthem

When I am asked to play the SSB, I politely refuse and explain the note limitations of my pipes. I then offer to play "To the Colors" which is the Bugle's way of rendering national level honors and...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 04-12-2015, 06:50 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 7,451
Posted By RobMacD
Hemp preference

I use real Hemp with beeswax for most of my joints. I had trouble with my tenor tops given that the hemp is thicker than the linen thread, so my tuning joints are yellow waxed linen.
Forum: Beer Tent 04-05-2015, 01:39 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,354
Posted By RobMacD
J Higgins still out there

Back up and running. I like the new site. Much friendlier to s mobile user like me.
Forum: Your Announcements 04-05-2015, 12:26 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 924
Posted By RobMacD
Emerald Coast Pipes & Drums is looking for Pipers/Drummers near Fort Walton Beach, FL

Greetings! Emerald Coast Pipes and Drums is looking for new members. We are a non-competition band located in the Destin/Fort Walton Beach, FL area. We are looking for pipers or drummers of any...
Forum: Beer Tent 06-18-2014, 03:59 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,678
Posted By RobMacD
Ivory ban

It is important to remember that before the advent of plastics ivory and other similar natural materials were used not only for their looks but also for their functionality. If you needed something...
Forum: Beer Tent 06-04-2014, 07:24 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,880
Posted By RobMacD
Did you say Wee Pipes?

My son (2 years old) has a wee set similar to the one below courtesy of his aunt. After much finagling they now "play."

He stomps around the living room saying "quick march" and humming amazing...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 05-28-2014, 06:52 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,563
Posted By RobMacD
Swamp conditions and tuning, need help!

Oh the fun I have to look forward to when I move to the Florida panhandle this summer.
Forum: Beer Tent 05-05-2014, 10:56 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 972
Posted By RobMacD
In St Louis

A bit late for you now, but Forest Park has plenty of wide open space.
Forum: Technique & Instrument 04-28-2014, 07:47 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,896
Posted By RobMacD
Cracked Stocks Already on New Pipes ?

I had an issue with cracks, though not in my stocks (search for the 7 cracks thread for details). Roddy MacLellan was very quick to respond with repairs to my drones. I am quite pleased with the...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 04-05-2014, 10:00 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 5,791
Posted By RobMacD
7 cracks in drone top ferrules

Received my pipes back from Roddy Thursday night. They looked just as good as before. I fired them up at the Dublin Pub (local bar) last night and they sound great too. He used a glue or epoxy...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 03-26-2014, 03:08 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 5,791
Posted By RobMacD
7 cracks in drone top ferrules

For the record, I have metal (bronze) ferrules on my pipes.

To address an earlier comment on hemping: cracking under 4 ferrules points to a global (vs localized) issue. During regular play, i.e....
Forum: Technique & Instrument 03-23-2014, 02:28 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 5,791
Posted By RobMacD
7 cracks in drone top ferrules

No Teflon tape on the tuning slides. The only place I use Teflon tape is on the threads fort mouthpiece.

I doubt I hemped all 4 slides enough that cracks developed in all 4 ferrule locations...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 03-23-2014, 09:55 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 5,791
Posted By RobMacD
7 cracks in drone top ferrules

That is correct. It was the ferrules on the top section if the drones, not the bell area.

I don't think it was tight hemp given the ease of movement, but I guess it could have been swelled...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 03-22-2014, 04:38 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 5,791
Posted By RobMacD
7 cracks in drone top ferrules

According to my confirmation tacking by the USPS my pipes arrived at Roddy's workshop today. I will update again when I have more info.
Forum: Technique & Instrument 03-19-2014, 12:00 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 5,791
Posted By RobMacD
Re: 7 cracks in drone top ferrules

BTW: I am open to other suggestions/comments on the matter.
Forum: Technique & Instrument 03-19-2014, 08:47 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 5,791
Posted By RobMacD
7 cracks in drone top ferrules

I debated where to put this and decide it would best fit here under the "instrument" heading.

On the 28th of February I finished an early morning practice session at work, began my post playing...
Forum: Beer Tent 02-13-2014, 06:27 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 10,375
Posted By RobMacD
Total Ivory ban in the US?

Moose looks great IMHO. I life my mounts.
Forum: Beer Tent 02-06-2014, 02:53 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,895
Posted By RobMacD
How do you practice when you can't practice.

When I need to be really quiet, I ratchet up my rubber band on the PC reed as high as it will go. On my Abbott PC reed it is incredibly quiet. So much so that people cannot hear me across the...
Forum: Beer Tent 01-17-2014, 07:24 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 884
Posted By RobMacD
Custom sporran chains?

I am not aware of one. If you are unable to find one an alternative could be a set of custom leather sporran suspenders with maple leaves worked into the leather.
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 01-05-2014, 04:44 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 812
Posted By RobMacD
quick re-start help?

Play full bore (chanter, both tenors, and bass) for as long as you can. When you can't go at it any longer take a breather for a few minutes. Cork a tenor and go again. When that gets to much,...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 01-01-2014, 06:46 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 980
Posted By RobMacD
A quiver-full of chanters

One day... Currently all I have is a poly Naill on lone from my band and an ABW MacLellan Solo. I am looking to expand, and looking for the funds with which to expand.
Forum: Beer Tent 12-22-2013, 12:16 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,138
Posted By RobMacD
So...when in the beer tent...

The best beer is always the one someone else buys.

If I must part with my hard earned money I like a stout or at least a darker ale.
Forum: Beer Tent 12-13-2013, 01:44 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,403
Posted By RobMacD
USA kilts?

Being short on cash I recently purchased an AcryliKilt. I must say I was impressed with the value. Notice I said value, not quality. It was not a high quality garment, but it was exceptional for...
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