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Forum: Technique & Instrument 07-27-2019, 06:58 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 5,699
Posted By Chris Hamilton
Re: Your 2019 setup?

Also, the firm seating of the chanter reed and drone reeds in their respective seats is crucial. I often find wobbly reeds when checking other people's pipes.

That's a sure recipe to tuning issues...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 07-26-2019, 11:37 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 5,699
Posted By Chris Hamilton
Re: Your 2019 setup?

I set my drone reeds so they will not shut off except with extreme over-pressure. They will never be fully stable and reliable if they're set to stop at slight over-pressure.

I don't have them set...
Forum: Beer Tent 08-18-2014, 01:03 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,871
Posted By Chris Hamilton
Re: Grade 2 Worlds Champions Bagad Brieg

I think the year that COW won it (1999), the Grade 2 list was almost completely North American. COW, Hamilton, Alameda County, Niagara Regional Police, Prince Charles possibly.

Chris
Forum: Music 12-25-2012, 09:38 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,782
Posted By Chris Hamilton
Re: Strangest place to Tune Up

At Union Station in Washington, DC ... next to an Amtrak AEM-7 locomotive. It's electric, but the cooling blowers were shockingly loud. Could barely hear myself.

Chris
Forum: Music 11-05-2012, 10:35 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,124
Posted By Chris Hamilton
Re: Rose Among the Heather

There's a very nice version in one of Ann Gray's books.

Chris
Forum: In Memoriam 10-22-2012, 12:08 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,022
Posted By Chris Hamilton
Re: Bruce Burt R.I.P.

So sorry to hear this! I judged with Bruce in Michigan and in Florida - what a nice guy!

Chris
Forum: Beer Tent 06-28-2012, 05:07 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,296
Posted By Chris Hamilton
Re: Price of Pipes over the years

My first bagpipe was a Grainger & Campbell, full ivory, $300 in 1972 from The British Shop.

Chris
Forum: Beer Tent 06-22-2012, 06:57 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 6,508
Posted By Chris Hamilton
Re: American Piping Boom

Nope, not a drop ... :grin:

We were told by some bitter-type people, after we did win it in 1999, that it was "a gift" or had "been decided in advance that COW would win" ... Whatever. It could be...
Forum: Beer Tent 06-22-2012, 06:47 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 6,508
Posted By Chris Hamilton
Re: American Piping Boom

I've been informed that in 1999 the Alameda County Sheriff's band was 2nd, and Prince Charles was 6th in the Grade 2 event. That's amazing that two bands from the San Francisco Bay area were in the...
Forum: Beer Tent 06-22-2012, 01:15 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 6,508
Posted By Chris Hamilton
Re: American Piping Boom

Hi Robin,

Yes, that's right. That year saw the prizes like this, if memory serves.

1. Hydro-Electric Buchan
2. City of Washington
3. LA Scots
4. ??? can't recall, but I think it was also a...
Forum: Beer Tent 06-21-2012, 11:45 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 6,508
Posted By Chris Hamilton
Re: American Piping Boom

Well, during my 1995 to 2004 tenure in COW they won Maxville twice in Grade 2 (in three attempts), finished 2nd, 5th, 2nd, and 1st at the Worlds in Grade 2 in four consecutive years, and played in...
Forum: Beer Tent 06-18-2012, 10:48 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 6,508
Posted By Chris Hamilton
Re: American Piping Boom

It alternated between cool and monsoon that year. Never seen anything quite like it (though Alma was close).

We certainly never expected to beat the Halifax Police. We had a really good run...
Forum: Beer Tent 06-16-2012, 02:33 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 6,508
Posted By Chris Hamilton
Re: American Piping Boom

I was there that year - it was 1998, and COW was Grade 2 at that time (though very successful at home, Ontario, and Scotland).

We did challenge up to Grade One at the Antigonish games that year,...
Forum: Beer Tent 06-13-2012, 07:23 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 825
Posted By Chris Hamilton
Re: A new youth pipeband program

I shall be in touch!

Chris
Forum: Pipe Bands 06-05-2012, 02:36 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,983
Posted By Chris Hamilton
Re: EUSPBA Rules for Grade 5 Bands

Thanks for the update, Dan. Apparently I'm stuck in 1998 ... :doh: It used to be timed here and I never liked that approach, but thought it should to 8 or 9, period.

Re: RSPBA, yes, I was...
Forum: Pipe Bands 06-05-2012, 07:44 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,983
Posted By Chris Hamilton
Re: EUSPBA Rules for Grade 5 Bands

That'd be a 3-parter. You could probably combine that with two 2-parters and have a decent length set. It's a great tune if your F's are stable! :)

The RSPBA and PPBSO rules for QMM used to (maybe...
Forum: Pipe Bands 06-04-2012, 11:00 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,983
Posted By Chris Hamilton
Re: EUSPBA Rules for Grade 5 Bands

Hi Bruce,

Off the top of my head, I'd say YES, 5/4 and 6/4 would be allowed. I don't think repeating the parts would be a legal issue - except that to avoid boredom, I'd skip the repeats. They...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 03-12-2012, 06:10 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 752
Posted By Chris Hamilton
Re: Does the type of bag effect strike in?

All of these responses are correct - the bag, or even a different bag of the same brand, will affect the feel of the pipe and how it strikes in.

Anything inside the bag or stocks will also have...
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 02-15-2012, 10:13 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,452
Posted By Chris Hamilton
Re: Your thoughts on Soutar pipes

I'm a big Soutar fan. I've played a half-silver set since 2003. Excellent drones in every respect.

FWIW, I'm using Canning tenor drone reeds and a Rocket bass (though I have also used Ezeedrone...
Forum: In Memoriam 01-24-2012, 06:41 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,638
Posted By Chris Hamilton
Re: Winter Taylor

So very sorry to hear about this. Winkie was a delightful person and really loved piping and teaching.

Chris
Forum: Music 12-13-2011, 07:17 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,871
Posted By Chris Hamilton
Re: Rocky Road To Dublin

Also in the Tone Czar Collection (in 3/2 time).

Chris
Forum: Beer Tent 11-21-2011, 06:36 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,892
Posted By Chris Hamilton
Re: unfortunate occurence

This was a recurring issue with Selbie reeds (usually just the bass) for quite some time. Tiny flaws in the injection moulding process would occasionally surface and lead to a weak spot in the...
Forum: Beer Tent 10-30-2011, 01:53 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,995
Posted By Chris Hamilton
Re: Alasdair Gillies Pipes ?

Alasdair told me a few years ago that he had 27 sets of pipes.

I played his full-silver Naills once, at a workshop. Way too heavy for me! Maybe you get used to them. P/S of my band has a set too,...
Forum: Beer Tent 10-30-2011, 01:52 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,995
Posted By Chris Hamilton
Re: Alasdair Gillies Pipes ?

He did indeed play Pettigrews for a while - was quite smitten with them.

Those look like Lawries in the photo.

Chris
Forum: Technique & Instrument 10-08-2011, 04:34 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 9,795
Posted By Chris Hamilton
Re: Is It Me or are EZEE Drone Reeds Crap?

Ezeedrones are wonderful reeds, and have performed brilliantly at all levels. But there are three things to bear in mind.

1. They require periodic adjustment. My experience has been that...
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