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Forum: Technique & Instrument Today, 08:29 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 278
Posted By Patrick McLaurin
Re: H. Starck Tone

I echo Richardís observations. I wouldnít say mellow, but bold doesnít come to mind either. Iím thinking unlikely to find themselves at the Glenfiddich, but much like the more subdued Hardies, have...
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage Yesterday, 03:09 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 377
Posted By Patrick McLaurin
Re: Opinions

I have only done the following with synthetic smallpipe drone reeds, but you might consider replacing the reed’s tenon with brass tubing of the same ID as the reed body. Brass tubing could be narrow...
Forum: Music Yesterday, 11:37 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 234
Posted By Patrick McLaurin
Re: Composition methodology

When the inspiration comes, or even when it's missing, I play with a recorder running. Too often I've played an awesome phrase and then lost it.

Once things start to settle I start typing in ABC...
Forum: Technique & Instrument Yesterday, 05:18 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 200
Posted By Patrick McLaurin
Re: Pipe bag/ chanter position

I have not. Depending on the make of bag, this sounds like it could make the chanter stick out more horizontally and thus would require more effort for you to hold it vertically.
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 05-22-2020, 06:08 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 377
Posted By Patrick McLaurin
Re: Opinions

Thereís no way to tell if theyíre 3/4 from those photos. Got a ruler? Another set of pipes to compare them to?

Whatís wrong with them that they are currently unplayable? If nothing, Iíd say itís...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 05-21-2020, 02:29 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 875
Posted By Patrick McLaurin
Re: German/Medieval Bagpipe

Sounds like great progress to me!
Forum: Technique & Instrument 05-19-2020, 03:38 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 391
Posted By Patrick McLaurin
Re: Experience with Hamish Moore highlands...?

Hit up Tim Gellaitry on Facebook. He has been making for the Moores for a wee while and might have some info.
Forum: Music 05-19-2020, 03:35 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 225
Posted By Patrick McLaurin
Re: Hymn tunebook

https://www.kinnairdbagpipes.com/index.php/products/details/the-church-piper-books

Also a bunch on https://pipetunes.ca
Forum: Technique & Instrument 05-17-2020, 11:33 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,634
Posted By Patrick McLaurin
Re: Ackland 480 Drone Reeds - Play Test, Comparison, & Review!

Whoa, nice! I love the audible tenor harmonics these reeds produce without being buzzy. What a great example.
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 05-16-2020, 07:01 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 205
Posted By Patrick McLaurin
Re: Any music collections for the the "Primitive" (unkeyed) Northumbrian smallpipes?

If you go to my tune book page and scroll to the last one, the G major tune book, you can find some tunes, many northumbrian. Though they are notated for scottish smallpipes. But anyways, quite a few...
Forum: Beer Tent 05-16-2020, 11:05 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,534
Posted By Patrick McLaurin
Re: What tune never gets old to you?

Here’s me playing The Iron Man
https://youtu.be/XuCmWXTSFQ4?t=120

Here’s Brian McNeill playing it
https://youtu.be/Hfg0dajRjSk?t=95
Forum: Beer Tent 05-15-2020, 02:08 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,534
Posted By Patrick McLaurin
Re: What tune never gets old to you?

The Iron Man by James Scott Skinner
Forum: Beer Tent 05-15-2020, 06:14 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 582
Posted By Patrick McLaurin
Re: Shipping Bagpipes within the USA: Tips for Safe Trip

When you insure it, you have to be able to prove its value in the instance of a claim. Thankfully Iíve never had to do that but I would definitely look into what youíd need beforehand.
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 05-08-2020, 08:12 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 767
Posted By Patrick McLaurin
Re: Small Pipe Chanter Reed

An awl should not be used on a smallpipe reed, the bridle is wholly sufficient to do what needs to be done.

In fact, I’ve had no success with an awl on highland reeds. It might be useable on a...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 05-05-2020, 07:43 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 697
Posted By Patrick McLaurin
Re: Older MCC2 chanter playing flat?

In my experience with modifying chanter throats, increasing the ID will flatten high G and high A and sharpen F#. Other than having disturbed the octave, I’m not sure it will change the fundamental...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 05-04-2020, 08:35 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 697
Posted By Patrick McLaurin
Re: Older MCC2 chanter playing flat?

My experience with a few is they tune right around 472 or 473.
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 05-02-2020, 03:42 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 830
Posted By Patrick McLaurin
Re: Startup question about small pipes

Agreed, I would not alter the reed at this point. I would definitely not remove cane. Massive strength changes can be made with just the bridle. But I would still not adjust it at this point. Some...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 05-02-2020, 01:15 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 830
Posted By Patrick McLaurin
Re: Startup question about small pipes

Smallpipe reeds are not highland pipe reeds, and considering the cost to replace a smallpipe reed is $50+, we generally avoid ever removing the chanter. Smallpipes are easily pick up and play since...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 05-02-2020, 12:11 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 830
Posted By Patrick McLaurin
Re: Startup question about small pipes

Here is the opening on my perfectly functioning smallpipe reed, though mine is made by Iain Allen (who makes fantastic reeds by the way). I saw a stamp on yours but could not read it.
...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 05-01-2020, 08:21 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 830
Posted By Patrick McLaurin
Re: Startup question about small pipes

1) drones go in front of your body, not over the shoulder. This will put everything else where it needs to be.
2) you have to continuously pump, keep the bag full. Open bellows all the way, but...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 05-01-2020, 06:50 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 217
Posted By Patrick McLaurin
Re: Changing chanters possible in smallpipes?

Iím sure a Morrison D chanter would fit perfectly. Would be silly if it didnít. Do you have a baritone on your A set that can tune to D? If so, youíve got the bass drone for a D set already. If it...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 04-30-2020, 07:25 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 830
Posted By Patrick McLaurin
Re: Startup question about small pipes

Sounds like you have an air leak. Bellows practically work themselves when they're well made and your bag is air tight, especially with just a chanter.

Video (of you playing) and/or pictures of...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 04-30-2020, 06:16 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 830
Posted By Patrick McLaurin
Re: Startup question about small pipes

Air will escape through the chanter reed even when not sounding. I canít help but wonder if youíre missing a drone reed. These things donít take that much pressure. Identify the air leak source.
...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 04-30-2020, 02:46 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 880
Posted By Patrick McLaurin
Re: Bag fullness.

I find my most stable pressure is with the bag fully inflated as much as possible. My playing is better too. It is harder to exert pressure the closer your arm is to your body so a fully inflated bag...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 04-29-2020, 07:06 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 609
Posted By Patrick McLaurin
Re: eBay Irish smallpipes

At least that chanter is in tune. Notice heís using different fingering for high A than in the other video. Not sure why this guy says his primary instrument is GHB in the original eBay ad at the top...
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