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Old 11-09-2017, 02:58 PM   #11
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[QUOTE=majorvonhapen;1320235]Blair tuners are bringing out a new electronic practice chanter.

That is a lot of money..optical sensors require rather a lot more circuitry compared to capacitive touch, and in experiments don't work any better for the extra hassle and wiring.
Having a pure midi controller works for me, using the audio out of a phone or ipad along with associated volume controls is far easier to get to sound ok. The latest bluetooth MiPuc also allows it to be used as power supply. Maybe time to post a new video.
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Old 11-14-2017, 11:00 AM   #12
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Blair tuners are bringing out a new electronic practice chanter.

That is a lot of money..optical sensors require rather a lot more circuitry compared to capacitive touch, and in experiments don't work any better for the extra hassle and wiring.
I will agree the Blair echanter is too expensive.

However, which experiments are you basing your comment about optical sensors 'don't work any better'?

I have both, and there is a world of difference in my hands... The conductivity of skin, especially in the dry winter, is a well-documented problem.

Now that I am using the optical a-pipes, I can play whenever - I don't have to worry about lotion availability or it wearing off.

My experience has shown, at least to me, that optical sensors DO perform better.
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Old 11-15-2017, 05:24 AM   #13
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I will agree the Blair echanter is too expensive.

However, which experiments are you basing your comment about optical sensors 'don't work any better'?
On pipes I've been making for some time..... Also said extra wiring and circuitry being another governing factor.
Perhaps I am just lucky that it's never got that dry here or that everyone who has tried my pipes has naturally greasy fingers?

Glad you're happy, I'll just stick to my own thing and archaic ideas.
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Old 12-13-2017, 09:25 AM   #14
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Quick update, Im going to purchase the newly improved plastic version of the Apipes, and I'll post a review when I receive them.

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Old 01-09-2018, 09:11 AM   #15
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I recently purchased a Blair after my Technopipes finally gave out after many years and I can honestly say it's frigging *awesome* !!!

I've always had an issue w/the sensors going wonky on me as I have warm/sweaty hands so it was never %100 even w/lotion, etc etc etc. Since the Blair is optical I have had *zero* issues after calibrating it.

Also, the digital readout it phenomenal. Instead of having to break out the manual and do all sorts of weird key combinations for settings, you have simple menus to scroll through. Oh, that makes the metronome actually "useful" because you can see what the exact BPM is!

It's expensive, yes, but good pipes are too ;-)
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