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Old 02-23-2019, 12:43 AM   #1
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Is it naive of me to think that there are some good ways to make/find cords for my pipes that aren't, "bagpipe cords"?

Like... A roll of silk rope from a curtain store and some fancy knots at the ends, maybe?
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Old 02-23-2019, 03:44 AM   #2
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Andrew Lenz, one of the moderators, has an article at http://www.bagpipejourney.com/articl...ne_cords.shtml
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Old 02-23-2019, 07:32 AM   #3
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Find some old ‘corded’ ( see what I did there?) telephones...with the curly que cords...et viola!....
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Old 02-23-2019, 11:52 AM   #4
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Find some old ‘corded’ ( see what I did there?) telephones...with the curly que cords...et viola!....
Where does a viola come in to the equation? Would a violin mean the drones would be too close together
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Old 02-23-2019, 12:10 PM   #5
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Where does a viola come in to the equation?
...right next to the stewed tomatoes....
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Old 02-23-2019, 01:07 PM   #6
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Where does a viola come in to the equation? Would a violin mean the drones would be too close together
… but there's always room for cello
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Old 02-25-2019, 02:36 PM   #7
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Is it naive of me to think that there are some good ways to make/find cords for my pipes that aren't, "bagpipe cords"?

Like... A roll of silk rope from a curtain store and some fancy knots at the ends, maybe?
I like the way EJ Jones substitutes ribbon for cord:

https://piperjones.com/

I know a guy who used 550 cord in a knotted pattern.
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Old 02-25-2019, 02:38 PM   #8
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Ha! Thanks for the laughs, friends, and the ideas!
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Old 02-26-2019, 02:56 PM   #9
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Al MacLeod, the excellent piper in the Canadian musical duo Bourne & MacLeod, used a length of moderately heavy steel chain with fishing lures (complete with hooks) as tassels. Not perhaps everyone's cup of tea. Bourne & MacLeod were popular in Canada in the 1990s and won a music award (Emmy, I think) for their CD that featured some first-rate piping by MacLeod.
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Old 02-28-2019, 02:59 PM   #10
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Is it naive of me to think that there are some good ways to make/find cords for my pipes that aren't, "bagpipe cords"?

Like... A roll of silk rope from a curtain store and some fancy knots at the ends, maybe?
Yes, some curtain ropes could do the trick. I found a very nice one with beautiful tassles... but they are unfortunately way too large...
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