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Forum: Technique & Instrument Yesterday, 10:20 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 319
Posted By William McKenzie
Re: "Phase locking" drones

Jon thanks for posting this!

Can you explain a bit more about them, so the stock itself is able to be lengthened or shortened which allows (bag side of) the drone reed to "phase lock" with the...
Forum: Beer Tent 06-14-2020, 01:11 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 757
Posted By William McKenzie
Re: Video camera for practice sessions and performances

Some neat stuff in there. I own a microphone boom like they have with a camera mount adapter, ideal and lightweight, easy to move.



On another note I know the H2n can output audio through...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 06-14-2020, 12:56 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,656
Posted By William McKenzie
Re: Kelt drone reeds

Thanks for the links! Overall I think I'd have to go with the Selbies to be honest. The Kelts to my ear sound very similar to Kinnairds which are very, very buzzy. The tenor ringing is neat though...
Forum: Beer Tent 06-13-2020, 01:59 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 757
Posted By William McKenzie
Re: Video camera for practice sessions and performances

That's an interesting idea about watching and seeing if it's worth mixing, that would save a lot of time and storage space! The video you recorded is definitely serviceable even though the audio is...
Forum: Beer Tent 06-13-2020, 01:40 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 527
Posted By William McKenzie
Re: G1 Reeds website and ordering

Tom it is because of Covid19 as others have mentioned. My experience is that G1 has been responsive to me over the last year or two with emails and things I've purchased from them. I've only had one...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 06-13-2020, 01:14 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 654
Posted By William McKenzie
Re: Drone bore mist

I always swab, even with my polypenco drones, but that could just be me. I don't mean to come across as offensive but my own opinion is it is lazy if you don't. Literally takes 2 min to pull the...
Forum: Beer Tent 06-11-2020, 01:28 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 757
Posted By William McKenzie
Re: Video camera for practice sessions and performances

Joe I've been thinking about the exact same thing in the last two weeks! Here is what I have thought of, none of it I'm sure about.

Easy option is use a newer phone as Mac mentioned. I got a cheap...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 05-30-2020, 12:28 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 508
Posted By William McKenzie
Re: Tuning to High A

It is my opinion that anything flat is not in tune, i.e. it is incorrect and sounds awful. Both A's should be balanced and 1 octave apart, however you prefer to achieve this (taping down other notes...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 05-25-2020, 01:45 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 552
Posted By William McKenzie
Re: Play test & Review Maverick Practice Chanter

The wood and the fit and finish on these is excellent. Polished stainless is my favorite I think.

It is still not in scale :shrug:
Forum: Technique & Instrument 05-24-2020, 01:05 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,120
Posted By William McKenzie
Forum: Trading Post Archive 05-09-2020, 12:44 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 169
Posted By William McKenzie
FS: Rocket Reeds - $170

These came my way through an Atherton MD owner who ordered them new but played band specified reeds instead. Passing these on as I barely played them myself. MacDougall based, fiberglass tongues.

...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 05-04-2020, 09:10 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 993
Posted By William McKenzie
Re: Older MCC2 chanter playing flat?

Same experience here. I played one for several years and it was usually around 474hz but can be higher. I would suggest something like a G1 reed in it, I think you'd find it resting up around 478hz....
Forum: Trading Post Archive 05-04-2020, 01:54 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 197
Posted By William McKenzie
FS: MacDougall 'Breadalbane' Delrin GHB, Extras, Rocket Reeds - $1050

McGillivray/Dunbar reproduction MacDougall sticks and stocks in Delrin with imitation ivory mounts and hand engraved ferrules by David Davidse of Truehand. Offering these alongside a matched chanter...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 05-04-2020, 12:38 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 670
Posted By William McKenzie
Re: Selbie inverted bass

I ordered new tongues for my Selbies and it didn't make much of a difference but it was nice to know they were all in like new condition (old tongues were years and years old). I like the Selbie...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 05-02-2020, 12:13 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,109
Posted By William McKenzie
Re: Ridge or straight cut, which to you prefer?

This is a good point. I have little doubt that for bands it is ridge cut but for solo I'd bet it's at least 50/50 if not weighted toward moulded.
Forum: Technique & Instrument 05-01-2020, 10:55 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,109
Posted By William McKenzie
Re: Ridge or straight cut, which to you prefer?

My sense has been that straight cut reeds have more 'bark' to them, a thicker, sweeter tone typically especially in the high hand. Ridge cuts tend to be brighter, more sharp, less rounded in tone...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 04-30-2020, 12:56 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,172
Posted By William McKenzie
Re: Bag fullness.

I would just add that you should do what feels most comfortable while maintaining constant pressure.

I think it's generally accepted that a full bag is the most efficient but some find it more...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 04-29-2020, 05:03 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 817
Posted By William McKenzie
Re: Humid Chanter Top vs Just Leaving Chanter in Pipes

I suppose it matters what climate you live in, I would have thought it wouldn't make much difference? I don't know. The setup I made with a bin and 84% Boveda pack has worked very well for active...
Forum: Music 04-27-2020, 09:54 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,020
Posted By William McKenzie
Re: 10 part reels

The Johnstone setting is how I heard you play it Patrick. It's stuck with me ever since. I just listened to the other versions you linked and I can't say I like them. I've always had the Johnstone...
Forum: Music 04-27-2020, 12:18 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,020
Posted By William McKenzie
Re: 10 part reels

Ever since I heard Charlie's Welcome on one of Patrick's recordings 10 years ago I have been in love with that tune. If there are more parts to it that would be brilliant!
Forum: Beer Tent 04-24-2020, 02:06 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,421
Posted By William McKenzie
Re: Games cancellations

Just had a look at the BCPA website for us here in BC, WA, OR and greater NW..

https://i.imgur.com/RKbLi9Nh.png
Forum: Webmaster & Software 04-21-2020, 09:11 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,697
Posted By William McKenzie
Re: Choice of pipe music engraving software?

I hear you about the flattened beams, that is annoying and makes me miss BMW :/ I actually leave off the key signatures, tempo markings, etc. That's my doing. Like most software you build these from...
Forum: Webmaster & Software 04-21-2020, 08:01 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,697
Posted By William McKenzie
Re: Choice of pipe music engraving software?

Has anyone checked out Ensemble? https://www.thisisensemble.com/

I cannot recommend it enough. I have only had it a few weeks and it has changed my piping life, 100%. I do not have any financial...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 04-21-2020, 12:16 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 315
Posted By William McKenzie
Re: Trapdri cleaning

I found a plug in "tea kettle" works well for this. The vinyl tubing that they use is pretty thick and hard to work with but running some near boiling water over it softens it enough to be workable...
Forum: Trading Post Archive 04-20-2020, 10:24 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 124
Posted By William McKenzie
WTB: Colin Kyo Chanter

Laminate or more recent ABW, Poly versions. Thanks!

Please stay safe out there and happy piping.
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