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Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 09-09-2019, 10:00 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 766
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Hardie or MacDougal

No. Some did and some didn't. It's not an exclusively MacDougall characteristic, either.
Forum: Competing Pipers 09-09-2019, 09:56 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,790
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Most frequent/overplayed tunes for solo competitions

This year's was particularly bad. I think the drive to play 6 or 8-parted tunes is contributing to a lot of the duplication. Particularly in the reels, there just aren't that many of them that are...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 09-09-2019, 09:52 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 4,659
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: "B" Flat Set up

Lots of pipers want to play with other instrumentalists, and there are plenty of gigs out there for those who can.

Competition pitches have reached a point where it's impractical to have one...
Forum: Beer Tent 08-27-2019, 10:28 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,627
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Worlds - filling and test their bags

I don't know why it's necessary to make all kinds of noise to ensure that your bag is adequately inflated. *shrug*

I'm sure it varies from association to association, but in mine (EUSPBA), there...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 08-27-2019, 10:04 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,008
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Drone Volume in Old Recordings

We don't have any recordings of Bob Brown's sound that are really accurate enough to let us try to reproduce it. Furthermore, for most of the history of recorded sound, recordings have been mastered...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 08-27-2019, 09:54 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 639
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Was there a rise in chanter pitch at the Worlds this year?

It was cold and rainy on Friday, and cool on Saturday, with periods of rain. Nobody sets out to be the highest or lowest-pitched band on the field; the conditions have a lot of influence.
Forum: Beer Tent 08-13-2019, 11:43 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 902
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: To pinch or not to pinch.....

I find that some makers use harder cane than others. On those reeds, pinching them doesn't accomplish very much. On reeds that are a little softer, it can make the blowing-in process a bit easier....
Forum: Beer Tent 07-22-2019, 12:09 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,157
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Pierced Pipers?

That's basically a literature review (no original research) and some of what's cited is very out of date. Modern tattoo inks and practices are NOT what they were in decades past, and many states DO...
Forum: Beer Tent 07-22-2019, 11:05 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,157
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Pierced Pipers?

Interesting thread. I have several tattoos, but only one that's just barely visible above the top of my sock if I don't pull my hose all the way up. I've never given it any thought. If I was tattooed...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 07-22-2019, 10:50 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 746
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Bass drone goes out of tune quickly

Does the Selbie bass reed that came with the set of reeds stay in tune?

When you mix reedmakers between tenor and bass, it's critical to get everything adjusted right. If your bass reed is set to...
Forum: Beer Tent 07-15-2019, 11:58 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,233
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Hugh MacCallum on Practicing

Right on. I know plenty of people who are open-level practice chanter players, but have significant issues on bagpipes, either with sound or technique. They're two different instruments. The practice...
Forum: Beer Tent 07-10-2019, 06:00 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,964
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: OK, Who Knew?

Ah, to live outside the DC bubble :). He's the Attorney General of the US, and thus, the head of the Justice Department. Regardless of your political leanings, he's an important figure around here,...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 07-10-2019, 05:57 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,019
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Band reeds - what do you use?

With the right reed, you can get a Mk2 to 480-482 without any real difficulty. Higher than that, and you're probably opening up holes.
Forum: Beer Tent 07-09-2019, 10:03 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,964
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: OK, Who Knew?

Good eye. The set was made by Jerry Gibson, but it is not a stock Gibson. It's a copy of a very old Lawrie that was too damaged to repair. Jerry Gibson duplicated its dimensions and transferred the...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 07-09-2019, 10:02 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,019
Posted By Dan Bell
Forum: Beer Tent 07-08-2019, 11:12 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,964
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: OK, Who Knew?

I knew, but I live and grew up in the DC area. Yes, he's a very good player. He played in the Denny & Dunipace/Scottish and Irish Imports Pipe Band, which later became City of Washington. I believe...
Forum: Beer Tent 07-08-2019, 11:07 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,237
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Are replica pipes comparable to the original?

It depends :)

Nobody can really know for certain what a given instrument sounded like 100+ years ago. They were reeded with cane, possibly played at a different pitch, possibly played in a...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 07-08-2019, 10:58 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 954
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: David Naill solo blackwood chanters - Any good?

They are CAPABLE of being "that good," if you have the skill, and you like their sound. They've certainly been used to win pretty much all the big solo prizes. As with any wooden chanter, every piece...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 07-08-2019, 10:54 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,019
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Band reeds - what do you use?

McCallum mk3 chanters, Shepherd "molded" (NOT ridge-cut) reeds.
Forum: Adult Pipers 07-08-2019, 10:49 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,557
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Peaks and valleys of the learning process

Nate: I'm totally a "sound fanatic," too. I don't have spectacular hands... but I can blow, and I really, really don't like listening to out-of-tune bagpipes. The tough part is figuring out how to...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 07-01-2019, 12:22 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,992
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Robertson bagpipes

Thinwin is a trade name for Milrlettia leucantha. It's a heavy, dense wood, from Southeast Asia. I've never heard of it being used for instruments (but I'm speaking only as an enthusiast, not an...
Forum: Beer Tent 06-21-2019, 10:48 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,969
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Tunes with Great Stories Behind Them?

Many of the tunes from the Great War have compelling stories behind them, as do many piobaireachds. The Lament for the Children immediately comes to mind. A lot of Gordon Duncan's tunes have great...
Forum: Beer Tent 06-21-2019, 10:43 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,473
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: The end of the world as we know it...really?

I agree with the comment by Callum: there are more pipers than ever before, playing at a higher standard. The competition bands that we do have are bigger and better than at any time before, but...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 06-21-2019, 10:13 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 6,128
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Your 2019 setup?

No changes since 2018.

Gannaway bag, Ezeedrone tenors, Henderson Harmonic Deluxe bass, McCallum mark 3 chanters, Shepherd reeds.

I play the same setup with two sets of drones: early 1900s...
Forum: Piobaireachd 06-21-2019, 10:04 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 845
Posted By Dan Bell
Re: Bruce Gandy Review - APC Guide to Pibroch

I'm just getting around to reading this now :). I'd love to wade into the "tempo issue." As I'm not any sort of authority on piobaireachd playing, I'll just say this: listen to recordings of how...
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