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Forum: Technique & Instrument Today, 10:05 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 401
Posted By EquusRacer
Re: What's all this flap about flapper valves?

You're so correct about the sense of smell and memories; and I laughed when you mentioned Airtight, for I can smell it right now in reading your post, even though I haven't used it in decades.

The...
Forum: Technique & Instrument Yesterday, 06:39 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 401
Posted By EquusRacer
Re: What's all this flap about flapper valves?

Airstream (rubber flapper inside, if "flapper" is really an accurate description). I'm sure some still have a leather flapper. In our band, I would guess everyone has some version of a rubber...
Forum: Technique & Instrument Yesterday, 09:12 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 370
Posted By EquusRacer
Re: Is Your Main Chanter ABW or Polypenco?

Agreed. And, as Greenpipe's experience indicated, my band chanter is plastic (McCallum). Solo chanter is ABW (Colin Kyo).
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 09-16-2020, 10:06 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 278
Posted By EquusRacer
Re: Practice Chanter Air Volume Needs

jv, Although noting the responses above, I'm going to take a tangent in response by assuming that you're blowing OK, and thus by saying that it does seem that different chanters function differently...
Forum: Beer Tent 09-14-2020, 02:22 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 266
Posted By EquusRacer
Re: New Member Introduction - John Visser

Good on you, jv!! And welcome.

Many of us who started later regret not having learned earlier; yet we, like you, have taken it up, rather than just sit in regret, thinking it's too late. It's...
Forum: Beer Tent 09-11-2020, 06:02 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,019
Posted By EquusRacer
Re: Pirate Set?

I think the ride one was titled, "AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH"
Forum: Beer Tent 09-11-2020, 06:37 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,019
Posted By EquusRacer
Re: Pirate Set?

Just from memory (which is questionable), some that might work (or be a stretch):

The Black Isle
Fare-Thee-Well (has a sort of seaman's sound)
A Man's a Man for a' That (arrrghhh! kind of thing)...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 09-08-2020, 04:04 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,785
Posted By EquusRacer
Re: 2020 setup?

I actually once had that same combo (Kinnaird tenors with inverted tongue EZ bass) in my '84 Kilgour. That was quite a few years ago, however, though I don't think we were alone.
Forum: Beer Tent 09-08-2020, 08:06 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,408
Posted By EquusRacer
Re: Idea for G1 band MSRs

I apologize if I misunderstood (which I clearly must have!). This is the statement, in part, that confused me: "And I certainly do not think their performance is enhanced by not being able to read."
Forum: Beer Tent 09-07-2020, 02:37 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,408
Posted By EquusRacer
Re: Idea for G1 band MSRs

Wow! That just dismissed many a brilliant musician who's learned by ear!

I agree that to sight read well is a useful skill; and I'm not dismissing those who want to have a contest where sight...
Forum: Beer Tent 09-07-2020, 10:01 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,408
Posted By EquusRacer
Re: Idea for G1 band MSRs

I agree that it would be an interesting, from a purely skill set aspect, contest. I see no crowd appeal, however. What makes our world unique, amongst so many other qualities, is presentation,...
Forum: Beer Tent 09-07-2020, 09:00 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,408
Posted By EquusRacer
Re: Idea for G1 band MSRs

I so agree! I believe it also compromises creativity (as you say, honed), including breaks, and even unison, as well as compromising audience appeal. I wouldn't enjoy watching pipers and drummers...
Forum: Beer Tent 09-05-2020, 01:26 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 544
Posted By EquusRacer
Re: Retired Pipes

All great suggestions! Thanks, Andrew!
Forum: Beer Tent 09-04-2020, 08:25 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 544
Posted By EquusRacer
Re: Retired Pipes

Brilliant!! :thumb:
Forum: Beer Tent 09-04-2020, 06:47 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 544
Posted By EquusRacer
Retired Pipes

Recently, a former band member very kindly donated his mid-50s Robertson pipes to the band. He said that his experience in the band was a highlight of his life and wanted to give back. That started...
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 09-04-2020, 02:05 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 950
Posted By EquusRacer
Re: Is it worth my while to get smallpipes?

Which topic? (Given that several have been brought up).
Forum: Technique & Instrument 09-04-2020, 08:46 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,785
Posted By EquusRacer
Re: 2020 setup?

Indeed! And I've known bands where sound issues appear to be secondary to their constant attention over uniform changes, 'upgrades' or other things less related to their performance issues (other...
Forum: Beer Tent 09-03-2020, 02:23 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 453
Posted By EquusRacer
Re: Practice during COVID

I so agree that "staying connected" is perhaps the most important action in these days. Even if we aren't able to practice, or to do so regularly, just knowing we're still a band and supporting each...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 09-03-2020, 09:53 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,785
Posted By EquusRacer
Re: 2020 setup?

Ouch! Good advice, but...You remind me of a time, years ago, when I was taking viola lessons. I asked my instructor about getting a better bow. She said, "Learn to play first, then we'll talk...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 09-02-2020, 08:29 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 863
Posted By EquusRacer
Re: The use of Danish Oil in maintaining

I was surprised that they said they used Danish oil, for I always considered it a mixture of tung, linseed or other oil, mixed with a sort of varnish. In other words, a hard finish. Then again, if...
Forum: Beer Tent 08-29-2020, 07:35 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 453
Posted By EquusRacer
Re: Practice during COVID

We're back to some irregular practice sessions, though not all members are comfortable enough to participate. Keeping distance on pipes and drums is not difficult, given the nature (e.g., volume) of...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 08-29-2020, 09:19 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,726
Posted By EquusRacer
Re: Soliciting input on drone sounds

I was thinking the 'buzz' was from the tenors. Are you believing it's from the bass? Just asking.
Forum: Beer Tent 08-28-2020, 03:18 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 366
Posted By EquusRacer
Re: Pipe Band MSRHJ

Wow! We're all entitled to our opinions, of course. I personally find a well-played (that's an important distinction) strathspey to be uplifting and very musical. In an MSR it's also a good...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 08-28-2020, 12:46 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,726
Posted By EquusRacer
Re: Soliciting input on drone sounds

I thought the balance was decent on both. However, in the first recording, I thought the tenors were too "buzzy" for my tastes.

I'm sure others will have a more sophisticated description.
Forum: Beer Tent 08-28-2020, 12:41 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 366
Posted By EquusRacer
Re: Pipe Band MSRHJ

I think that's called a medley (sans S/A, though).
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