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Old 07-21-2017, 09:23 AM   #1
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Default No bells in smallpipe drones?

I haven't seen that many makes.. about 3 so far but from pictures of other makers pipes it seems to be the case that smallpipes drones don't have bells. Why is this so?
I've read that bells are important in GHBs as they act as a last filter for the sound waves that becomes the droning. Smallpipe drones are just miniatures why shouldn't the same engineering apply?
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Old 07-21-2017, 09:21 PM   #2
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Default Re: No bells in smallpipe drones?

The engineering applies, but at the small scale of smallpipes, it matters less. Many smallpipes have bell ends which act as filters.
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Old 07-23-2017, 06:50 AM   #3
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Default Re: No bells in smallpipe drones?

Several members of our group play SSP made by a USA builder. His method of construction allows us to create copper tubing extensions that allow us to obtain more tones per drone. The drones are designed to hit four tones each but with the extensions we are able to hit several more. (example, a low D on the bass drone) which sounds awesome!
At the ends of the extensions we install wooden candle holders that are shaped like a bell (from the local craft shop). These bells increases the strength of the tone projecting out into the audience
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Old 07-23-2017, 09:50 AM   #4
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Default Re: No bells in smallpipe drones?

Or to put the boot on the other foot, why do GHB drones have bells - and are they necessary? I've seen at least one design of drone which had no bell and which seemed to perform extremely well.
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Default Re: No bells in smallpipe drones?

Any drone will make a varied series of overtones,(as well as the fundamental note) some pleasant, some less so. The action of the bell end and bush (as well as the tuning chamber) is to act as a filter and, at least try to, suppress those overtones that the maker thinks are less pleasant. These filters work to a lesser or greater degree. That's what makes various makes of pipes sound different.
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Default Re: No bells in smallpipe drones?

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Several members of our group play SSP made by a USA builder. His method of construction allows us to create copper tubing extensions that allow us to obtain more tones per drone. The drones are designed to hit four tones each but with the extensions we are able to hit several more. (example, a low D on the bass drone) which sounds awesome!
At the ends of the extensions we install wooden candle holders that are shaped like a bell (from the local craft shop). These bells increases the strength of the tone projecting out into the audience
I'm looking forward to seeing these at Litchfield.
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