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Forum: Technique & Instrument 11-17-2017, 01:13 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 790
Posted By bob864
Re: New pipes, blackwood / boxwood / cocobolo mounts

My ABW pipes have cocobolo mounts. Over time the cocobolo darkens and looks pretty similar to the ABW.

They seem very durable. I've been playing them 10 years without any issues. In a mental...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 11-17-2017, 10:30 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 705
Posted By bob864
Re: Degerpipe or Fagerstrom?

Depends on the printer. Ford has been using them to print gears for prototypes.
Forum: Competing Pipers 11-15-2017, 10:16 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,798
Posted By bob864
Re: Competition pitch, solo

Was at a workshop recently. Jack Lee suggested that hG should never have tape. He said if you need tape on hG then open the reed up and shave it down as necessary to eliminate the tape on hG.

He...
Forum: Beer Tent 11-14-2017, 09:08 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 640
Posted By bob864
Re: Rain Cape

If you get one of the lesser expensive types, you could go with a medium and hem the bottom.
Forum: Technique & Instrument 11-14-2017, 09:04 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 465
Posted By bob864
Re: What price should I ask for my pipes?

What's with all the o-rings? Is that a permanent modification? If so, it seems like they would both cut into the value and lower the market.
Forum: Technique & Instrument 11-09-2017, 09:13 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 475
Posted By bob864
Re: Drones "heavy sounding"

To me, "heavy" probably means too loud compared to the chanter, but it might mean not bright enough.
Forum: Webmaster & Software 11-09-2017, 09:11 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 240
Posted By bob864
Re: Composing software for general instruments?

Sibelius allows keyboard entry, but it doesn't accept text.

Melody Assistant will open ABC files.
Forum: Technique & Instrument 11-09-2017, 09:09 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 609
Posted By bob864
Re: Frequency ratios of pipe notes?

I think that in the past there really wan't much of a standard. If you look at the graph I posted above it seems pretty clear that the top pipers of the day made recordings with all sorts of ratios....
Forum: Beer Tent 11-07-2017, 01:38 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 510
Posted By bob864
Re: Playing before a Wedding

The only catch is that things don't always start on time. My own wedding got going 15 minutes late -- [wait for it] -- waiting on the piper. He had trouble with traffic.

Another possibility would...
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 11-07-2017, 01:31 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 788
Posted By bob864
Re: Overview of Piping Traditions

Donaldson's book, "The Highland Pipe and Scottish Society 1750-1950" probably answers more of your questions in depth than any other single volume. I've got all the other books mentioned in the...
Forum: Beer Tent 11-07-2017, 08:11 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 510
Posted By bob864
Re: Playing before a Wedding

It seems like two sets of pipes would be an easy solution, and it seems like most people who play gigs have at least two.
Forum: Beer Tent 11-07-2017, 08:08 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 576
Posted By bob864
Re: Is An Argyle Jacket OK for Playing a Funeral??

I always ask the person booking the event how I should dress, giving them the available options.
Forum: Technique & Instrument 11-07-2017, 08:07 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 609
Posted By bob864
Re: Frequency ratios of pipe notes?

Here's an image that shows a modern performance (far right), some historic performances, and the theoretical frequency ratios.

I have noticed, that B is quite frequently flatter than the...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 11-07-2017, 07:58 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 676
Posted By bob864
Re: which electronic pipes to choose?

I got the Technopipes because they're small and run off a single battery.

I've been really happy with them.

For me, the smaller form factor helped me learn to relax my grip. That is, it was...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 11-07-2017, 07:55 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 295
Posted By bob864
Re: PC recommendations

EJ Jones makes a 440 A practice chanter. He brought a batch of them to Grandfather Mountain to teach a workshop.
Forum: Beer Tent 11-07-2017, 07:53 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,222
Posted By bob864
Re: Amazing Grace Walk-off

It was William Walker, music minister of First Baptist Church in Spartanburg, South Carolina, who put the Southern Harmony together. He wrote a lot of music. He gives credit to other composers...
Forum: Music 11-02-2017, 09:26 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 286
Posted By bob864
Re: Artificial drums to play to, best tips?

Another possibility is Melody Assistant:

http://www.myriad-online.com/en/products/melody.htm

It is composition software. You can micromanage every detail of the timing, inflection, volume, etc....
Forum: Music 10-31-2017, 01:14 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 286
Posted By bob864
Re: Artificial drums to play to, best tips?

There are apps like iMaschine that you could put down beats with.

I use a metronome. If you think enough about the metronome to find it boring it might be that you're not focused enough on your...
Forum: Adult Pipers 10-25-2017, 08:35 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,085
Posted By bob864
Re: Thread for late-comers to piping?

You can definitely play in a band if you want to.

When I started playing I really only wanted to play while camping and stuff like that. I have had some minor success as an entry level solo...
Forum: Music Groups 10-25-2017, 08:30 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,120
Posted By bob864
Re: Neil Anderson's Bagpipes

Neil quit being a full time musician.

He is now the Exercise Planner in the Preparedness Department of the South Carolina Emergency Management Division.

I literally feel safer knowing that.
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 10-25-2017, 08:23 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 751
Posted By bob864
Re: A chanter for smallpipes with normally spaced holes?

Just be glad you don't play tin whistle. The most radical spacing differences in pipes are trivial compared to what you see in whistles. We're talking inches of difference.
Forum: Beer Tent 10-25-2017, 08:22 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,845
Posted By bob864
Re: Gift pipes - what would YOU do?

I would give them to her.

He was my friend, and that doesn't end with his death.
Forum: Adult Pipers 10-17-2017, 12:37 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,085
Posted By bob864
Re: Thread for late-comers to piping?

The difference between kids and adults, which happens roughly at age 20, is the brain changes. It's a physiological change that happens to everyone. There is some coating on the brain cells in the...
Forum: Webmaster & Software 10-16-2017, 02:49 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 564
Posted By bob864
Re: Portable recording hardware and software

The Blue Yetti has a wonky frequency response curve, but it's flattest in the XY stereo mode.

Have you tried the ipad's internal microphone? They are pretty flat down to 200hz.

The Rode i-XY...
Forum: Adult Pipers 10-16-2017, 05:58 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,085
Posted By bob864
Re: Thread for late-comers to piping?

There are a lot of threads on adult beginners.

I started at 39 (11 years ago) and made a blog-style thread to document the process:

http://forums.bobdunsire.com/forums/showthread.php?t=64751
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