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Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + Yesterday, 08:52 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 467
Posted By bob864
Re: Hole-spacing whistle vs. GHB

Perhaps your memory is shorter than mine.

I've never disputed your experience.

But if you review all the threads about the pro's and con's of all the chanters out there you'll see that few...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 10-08-2019, 07:35 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 467
Posted By bob864
Re: Hole-spacing whistle vs. GHB

I've probably played 3,000 hours on GHB (i.e., not counting PC). I suffer no drop in clarity of execution with any GHB chanter based on hole spacing. I never have. To me they're all equally...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 10-07-2019, 06:33 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 467
Posted By bob864
Re: Hole-spacing whistle vs. GHB

I play anything that works on whistles, and every whistle is different, which has led me to learn all sorts of fingerings. I probably don't play a heavy strike on whistle because it doesn't really...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 10-03-2019, 05:30 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 703
Posted By bob864
Re: Suggestions for newer generation Technopipes

I have the original technopipes and I really like them. The new improvements sound like they're probably good, but I guess that's like icing on the cake. Always good to continue to try to improve a...
Forum: In Memoriam 10-03-2019, 05:25 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 257
Posted By bob864
Andrew Soutar

I've heard news that Andrew Soutar passed away. I bought my first pipes from Andrew. He shook my hand and looked me in the eye and said if there was ever any problems with the wood they'd take care...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 08-27-2019, 07:25 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,360
Posted By bob864
Re: Drone Volume in Old Recordings

That might be true, but in this particular case the recordings were made by a musicologist. It might be that one of his goals was to make a recording that faithfully reflected (as much as was...
Forum: Webmaster & Software 08-27-2019, 07:18 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 238
Posted By bob864
CD track databases

My new truck doesn't have a CD player so I'm ripping all my CDs to mp3.

freedb doesn't have a number of my piping CDs listed. Does anyone know if there is a database that is more likely to have...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 08-26-2019, 01:38 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,360
Posted By bob864
Re: Drone Volume in Old Recordings

Your recording is brighter and crisper. Recordings made in the 1950s were never that bright or crisp. If you have Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) software there are plugins that can emulate the...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 08-26-2019, 08:22 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,360
Posted By bob864
Re: Drone Volume in Old Recordings

I have a chanter that dates from the 1950s or 1960s and it's not as loud as a modern chanter, so that's at least one factor. As previously mentioned, chanter reeds are probably louder too, but I...
Forum: Music Groups 07-31-2019, 01:37 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,023
Posted By bob864
Re: Celtic multi-instrumentalists?

Highland pipes, smallpipes, whistle, and synthesizer. I've recently gotten involved in a group where I play the synth and the whistles about 50/50. I'd still say GHB is my main instrument, even...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 07-24-2019, 12:25 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 365
Posted By bob864
Re: Mic-ing smallpipes?

This was the link I intended to post above:

https://soundcloud.com/user-587794595

It's a series of string quartet recordings made with a Blumlein pair.
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 07-24-2019, 07:41 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 365
Posted By bob864
Re: Mic-ing smallpipes?

How you record it will depend on what you intend to do with the recording.

If you want a recording of solo smallpipes, then a Blumlein pair somewhere in a good sounding room will do what you want....
Forum: Piobaireachd 07-23-2019, 09:40 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 795
Posted By bob864
Re: Grade 4 Piobaireachd tunes

I've played Field of Gold (Donald MacDonald) in g4 in EUSPBA. We play the whole tune. But even in a ground only contest it's a decent tune because there are some spots of real fingerwork. It's a nice...
Forum: Beer Tent 07-23-2019, 09:36 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,295
Posted By bob864
Re: Hugh MacCallum on Practicing

Mine said that too.

To keep myself honest I just don't count time on the PC as practice. If I'm learning new tunes I might spend an hour a day on PC, but for me that equals zero practice. For me...
Forum: Teacher's Lounge 07-17-2019, 11:15 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,502
Posted By bob864
Re: Better teaching methods?

It seems to me that the method you describe would probably be pretty good. It sounds a lot like how band an orchestra is taught in school. That's a big industry with a lot of competition to find the...
Forum: Beer Tent 07-15-2019, 12:01 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,295
Posted By bob864
Re: Hugh MacCallum on Practicing

I always do as much of my practice on bagpipes as possible.
Forum: Piobaireachd 07-04-2019, 09:52 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 658
Posted By bob864
Re: PS Book History

William Donaldson, in his book The Highland Pipe and Scottish Society, writes about the history of the PS books.

In addition to the more popular books, one might consider Jimmy McIntosh's Ceol Mor...
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 07-02-2019, 10:08 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 748
Posted By bob864
Re: 78 rpm

Fair enough, but would you play any random gig with your drones out of tune?
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 07-02-2019, 09:18 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 307
Posted By bob864
Brian Boru Pipe Band of Kearny, NJ

Hopefully this link will work. My Dad played in the Brian Boru Pipe Band of Kearny, NJ in the late 1950s. I'm not sure what this location is but it's probably either Kearny or NYC.

I have his...
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 07-02-2019, 08:58 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 748
Posted By bob864
Re: 78 rpm

That's part of what I find really interesting. You'd assume that the King's Piper would at least be competent. My conclusion is that our definition of "competency" is at a higher level. I think...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 07-02-2019, 08:52 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 781
Posted By bob864
Re: Practice Chanter Recommendations

You can take the reed out and the body of the PC will still make sounds. Then make a partial plug to create however much backpressure you want.
Forum: Beer Tent 06-30-2019, 08:19 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,609
Posted By bob864
Re: Video and audio recordings

I don't think that's necessarily the case. The iphone seems to have a frequency response from 20hz to 20khz and it wouldn't if it was just for voice.

I made this recording on an iPhone 4 with the...
Forum: Beer Tent 06-29-2019, 12:36 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,609
Posted By bob864
Re: Video and audio recordings

I've never used a gopro, but I doubt you'd be happy with the audio.

For what you describe, I think a zoom h1 would be a good choice. They're rated for up to 120dB, so you won't run into problems...
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 06-29-2019, 12:24 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 748
Posted By bob864
78 rpm

I found an online repository of 78's that have been digitized. Using the search term bagpipe pulls up a few. The one here called Mallorca is somewhat interesting. The piper is PM Forsyth, who...
Forum: Beer Tent 06-28-2019, 08:11 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 843
Posted By bob864
Re: Any Key of A practice chanters aside from the ES Chanter?

A couple years ago I was at a workshop EJ Jones did and he had A chanters for everyone. I don't know if that's something he normally sells, but if I was in the market for one I'd email him and ask if...
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