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Forum: Technique & Instrument 05-08-2020, 07:25 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 786
Posted By bob864
Re: Older MCC2 chanter playing flat?

Mine too. Mine plays at normal 474 to 478 pitches but the high G is terrible in the winter.

You could send Willie McCallum an email or FB message. I had a question when I was thinking of buying...
Forum: Beer Tent 05-08-2020, 07:14 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,760
Posted By bob864
Re: What tune never gets old to you?

I really like Scotland the Brave. If I had to play it 20 times in a row I'd probably be tired of it by the end, but I'd be ready to play it again the next day.

Highland Cathedral I wouldn't mind...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 04-06-2020, 04:57 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 968
Posted By bob864
Re: Durable Smallpipes

Without a doubt Duncan Soutar of St. Andrews has the best durable mouth blown SSP I've heard. They're entirely synthetic. The sound is nice. Not as nice as wooden bellows sets, but nicer than any...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 03-23-2020, 02:54 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 607
Posted By bob864
Re: Lightweight Pipe Case

My lightest case is a Yamaha sax case that I got at Goodwill for $5.
Forum: Beer Tent 03-23-2020, 02:52 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 559
Posted By bob864
Re: How big of a pitch range can you get out of your chanters?

Temperature makes a big difference. My band chanter has played in tune down at 466 without ant intervention when itís been cold. A friend who plays in a G1 band in Scotland came for a visit and his...
Forum: Music 03-06-2020, 02:06 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 880
Posted By bob864
Re: Embelishments or not

Play it how it feels/sounds right to you.
Forum: Technique & Instrument 03-06-2020, 02:05 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 962
Posted By bob864
Re: Reed scraping question.

Maybe it depends on the reed?

If it's just a little too strong, then scrape it with a utility blade and a little dust and try it again.

On the other hand I had some Ross reeds someone gave me...
Forum: Music 02-24-2020, 07:19 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 625
Posted By bob864
Re: Wearing of the Green setting

Perfect. Thanks! That's exactly the sort of information I was hoping for.
Forum: Competing Pipers 02-24-2020, 07:13 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,155
Posted By bob864
Re: Solo chanter

I have an McC2 and I love the tone. I have a hard time getting any reed to play in tune (specifically a wicked sharp high G) under certain weather conditions. I'm sure it's user problem, not a...
Forum: Music 02-18-2020, 09:16 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 625
Posted By bob864
Wearing of the Green setting

I have seen two settings for Wearing of the Green. Which is more "correct"?

Bar 2

C B B C B C E

or

C B B A B C E
Forum: Technique & Instrument 12-06-2019, 05:25 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 306
Posted By bob864
Re: Miking Setup for Tuning

Yes, just get a 1/4 TS to XLR cable and you can plug an SM 57 into a tuner. No preamp necessary. If itís just for tuning a $30 57 clone is fine.

For iOS devices, the Shure MV88 is awesome. Kind...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 12-03-2019, 04:55 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 994
Posted By bob864
Radical reed shaving

I had a Ross reed that someone gave me. It was so hard that I couldnít make it sound no matter how hard I blew. So it must have been more than 40Ē of water.

Having nothing to lose, I took a knife...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 11-02-2019, 04:28 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 751
Posted By bob864
Re: Carbony Highland Whistle Review - a whistle with highland bagpipe fingering!

Rob is a great fellow. I have three of his standard fingering whistles: low d, high d, and mezzo g. I bought one of his mezzo g whistles probably 10 years ago. Last year he gave me 100% trade credit...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 10-16-2019, 08:52 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,439
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: 9
Views: 1,439
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: 9
Views: 1,439
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: 11
Views: 1,638
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: 506
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: 1,967
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: 340
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: 1,967
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: 1,967
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: 2,910
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: 539
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: 539
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....
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