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Old 08-30-2018, 12:14 AM   #1
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Default Airstream blowpipes - actually useful?

Iím always looking for ways to maximize my efficiency of air regulation while minimizing the effort required to keep my pipes sounding steady.

How good are Airstream blowpipes in assisting with blowing? Iíve been thinking of getting one for a while now but would love to hear some first hand opinions.


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Old 08-30-2018, 04:32 AM   #2
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I've just acquired an Ayrshire Bagpipe Company "Big Bore" blowpipe and mouthpiece. Previously I was playing an Airstream mouthpiece with another brand of blowstick which (I thought) was free of any restriction. Howevevr, on fitting the ABC 'Big Bore' and blowing the pipes up for the first time, I nearly blew the chanter & drones out of their stocks!!! Would certainly recommend this make.
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Old 08-30-2018, 07:27 PM   #3
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Airstream Tilt is where it's at. "Transformative" is the most accurate description of its effects on the ergonomics of a bagpipe.

I have cocobolo-mounted Lawries (refurbed as such to get rid of the ugly orange catalin), and still use an imitation-mounted Airstream Tilt, such is the improvement over a straight blowpipe.
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Old 08-30-2018, 07:33 PM   #4
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Airstream Tilt is where it's at. "Transformative" is the most accurate description of its effects on the ergonomics of a bagpipe.



I have cocobolo-mounted Lawries (refurbed as such to get rid of the ugly orange catalin), and still use an imitation-mounted Airstream Tilt, such is the improvement over a straight blowpipe.


Does the tilt come with a little Mac valve or is it a regular flap?


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Old 08-31-2018, 09:05 AM   #5
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A large bore makes a big difference. I'm less convinced an oval mouthpiece is really helpful, though I play one on one set and I'm very happy with it.
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Does the tilt come with a little Mac valve or is it a regular flap?


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It's a valve of Airstream's own design. Better than either a Little Mac or a flapper in that it is neither restrictive nor leaky. It's basically an internal flapper with an integrated washer.

Re: Oval or round, I would prefer round myself, but there are benefits to oval - really, really comfortable when well-placed.
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Old 08-31-2018, 10:36 PM   #7
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Thank you guys so much for the input. I really appreciate it!


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Old 10-20-2019, 04:26 PM   #8
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It's a valve of Airstream's own design. Better than either a Little Mac or a flapper in that it is neither restrictive nor leaky. It's basically an internal flapper with an integrated washer.

Re: Oval or round, I would prefer round myself, but there are benefits to oval - really, really comfortable when well-placed.
What happens when the valve goes south and you need another..?

Are they available?

Where ?

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What happens when the valve goes south and you need another..?

Are they available?

Where ?

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Hmmm....



Generally speaking... as furnaces don't fail until it's
really cold... and air conditioners don't fail until it's
really hot... if it does "go south"... then probably it
shall be... right in the midst... of playing... :)
(A ghastly go... whilst on parade. :)


So my questions would be... what are the statistical
averages... if... so far... there are any... as to how
long one... will last... (??) And... should a spare be
carried... "just in case?"...


Just some thoughts....






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Old 10-21-2019, 10:28 AM   #10
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I've used Airstream blowpipes for about 36 years. No complaints so far. Yes, the valves can be replaced. They run around $5.00-6.00. Check your stockist's website under "blowpipes" or "maintenance."


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