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Old 07-05-2019, 04:51 PM   #6
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Default Re: Are replica pipes comparable to the original?

Originally Posted by William McKenzie View Post
I own a set of the Breadalbane, they are fantastic and my favorite set that I've owned so far.

As the others have mentioned so much of how pipes sound really has to do with setup. The player, the environment it's played/recorded/heard in, and most especially which drone reeds. I made a post with various drone reeds played in the Breadalbane that you can hear here. As you'll note with most variables in my experiment locked except the drone reeds, one can make most sets of pipes sound big or quiet or bold or subdued etc just depending how you reed them. What I enjoy about the Breadalbane is the quality, and that between the tenors and the bass drone it's very even. Very harmonious sound as opposed to a bass or tenor driven sound overall.
The setup changes everything. A "quiet" pipe reeded with cane or elder won't be "quiet" anymore...
I enjoy playing both the originals and reproductions, both are just an entirely different matter.
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