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Forum: Technique & Instrument 09-17-2018, 04:32 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 299
Posted By PMT
Re: Using Ross MCS, Drone Reeds Still Wet

Be careful, you can bake the kitty litter and it will become less effective, it also seems to become less effective with age. I only ever did about 1/2 of what the instructions said, but dried the...
Forum: Beer Tent 09-13-2018, 05:56 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,066
Posted By PMT
Re: What the Masters are playing

Should have mentioned Iain Speirs is playing a Mk2 McCallum. Thanks for the breakdown Shawn, very interesting to see the chanters and pitches.
Forum: Beer Tent 09-13-2018, 04:16 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,066
Posted By PMT
Re: What the Masters are playing

Stuart Liddell was competing with a new McCallum solo chanter that is still under development.
Forum: Beer Tent 09-12-2018, 05:23 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,234
Posted By PMT
Re: Top 5 List for better band ensemble

Some interesting discussion here. Playing together is a big step for some bands. Pipers and drummers need to be on the same page with beat placement, phrasing and how each tune is to be expressed....
Forum: Beer Tent 09-06-2018, 07:57 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,234
Posted By PMT
Re: Top 5 List

1. Play together
2. Tune accurately and balance up all of the sounds in the band
3. Write sympathetic drum scores and get the tempos right for the idiom
4. Don't over do the mid-section
5. Get...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 08-24-2018, 06:15 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,071
Posted By PMT
Re: Bass drones: world's observation.

Last time I saw Richards pipes, he had a standard Kinnaird bass and cane tenors. My point is, you will find all sorts of combinations, but at the end of the day it is about setting up right and a...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 08-24-2018, 05:52 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,071
Posted By PMT
Re: Bass drones: world's observation.

Having played in Grade 1 at the Worlds, I would refute all comments so far (politely and with respect). No one in their right mind would deliberately stop a tenor, you want as much drone depth from...
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 08-04-2018, 05:50 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,154
Posted By PMT
Re: HLI dominating Worlds

Robert Reid served with the HLI during the First War, but didn't take over as Pipe Major of the 7th HLI until after the war years. There were no championships held between 1914 and 1918, and despite...
Forum: Do It Yourself (DIY) 07-29-2018, 06:02 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,614
Posted By PMT
Re: Dowel reeds

We do a lot of testing of new reed designs for various makers. I think the question should be "who hasn't tried making reeds from blackwood dowels". I have numerous examples here.
Forum: Beer Tent 07-29-2018, 05:56 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,257
Posted By PMT
Re: Ivory keyboard destroyed

I saw this done to a set of pipes when the law first came in. Probably late 1980s. The pipes were sent to an instrument maker who stripped them of ivory, which in turn was destroyed. Over-zealous...
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 07-27-2018, 05:49 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,154
Posted By PMT
Re: HLI dominating Worlds

The HLI went through some numbering and name changes before the war during the restructuring of the territorial volunteer battalions and so the dominance is from one band. Pipe Major was John...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 06-20-2018, 09:50 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,023
Posted By PMT
Re: Bruce Gandy chanter - reviews?

I played one recently. It was a very good chanter. Close hole spacing, very comfortable. Nice sound, stable piob G. A little sharp on G requiring a little tape with some reeds, not all. Easy to...
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 05-10-2018, 09:02 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 945
Posted By PMT
Re: What band in this vintage photo?

Plenty if you play in the Polis!
Forum: Technique & Instrument 05-10-2018, 07:28 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,085
Posted By PMT
Re: Reed never stabilizes

A chanter reed rising in pitch is usually dry. Moisture brings the pitch down. Warmth brings it up when playing. It becomes a balancing act. A plastic chanter stock also will not help until you get...
Forum: Beer Tent 05-10-2018, 06:20 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,101
Posted By PMT
Re: Over abundance of pipe bands in your area?

In Singapore there were over 19 Boys Brigade Pipe Bands when I was last there. Others starting up had been discussed not through breakaway groups, but starting training programs at schools. There are...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 10-30-2017, 03:55 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,382
Posted By PMT
Re: Good pipe bag seasoning?

Seasoning selection depends on a number of things. It doesn't just seal the bag, but also maintains the moisture content of the bag.

Some are gum based and will suck up moisture and push it into...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 10-03-2017, 04:58 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,217
Posted By PMT
Re: Chanter Reed setup

I select a chanter reed slightly stronger than I want to play and then blow it in. If it does not reach the strength or tone I want then I will manipulate it appropriately. When I select a reed I...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 10-03-2017, 05:37 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 988
Posted By PMT
Re: Reeds for new Macraes drones

I set a set up with Ezee tenors and an MG bass and they were absolutely awe inspiring.
Forum: Technique & Instrument 09-19-2017, 04:36 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,157
Posted By PMT
Re: Varnish (and other stuff) on Pipes

The problem with blackwood is that it is very oily and quite often lacquer doesn't dry. Some oil finishes are similar. Lacquer also does cause a dulling of the sound. I notice a distinct improvement...
Forum: Beer Tent 08-31-2017, 11:34 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,922
Posted By PMT
Re: Boyle's Law and Bag Size

Thats the one Richard. He looks pretty comfortable. I bet he has no moisture problems at all! :thumb:

I always thought Boyle's law was the one about whatever line you are in moves the slowest :-)
Forum: Beer Tent 08-27-2017, 04:57 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,922
Posted By PMT
Re: Boyle's Law and Bag Size

Mathematically correct, but the surface area to volume is not the issue, just the surface area. Reeds need to same amount of air to drive them, and the most surface area and more seasoning is the...
Forum: Beer Tent 08-27-2017, 02:52 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,922
Posted By PMT
Re: Boyle's Law and Bag Size

The rule is: "you should play the largest bag you are comfortable with". The reasoning is that the larger the surface area in the bag the more it will hold moisture rather than pushing it up your...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 08-14-2017, 01:11 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 616
Posted By PMT
Re: Blowing drone reed outwith the pipes

I think the biggest problem with synthetic reeds is that you get a build up of moisture and the reed starts to act differently. So you make a heap of adjustments and when it dries out, you then have...
Forum: Beer Tent 07-18-2017, 05:54 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,195
Posted By PMT
Re: Argyll style march playing

Angus McColl, I need say no more!
Forum: Technique & Instrument 07-02-2017, 07:26 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,667
Posted By PMT
Re: Bag resistance? Strange problem ...

Problems like this unfortunately can't be fixed on the internet. Sometimes they just need someone experienced to spend a bit of time dicking around with them. Could be a number of things combined,...
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