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Old 12-30-2018, 07:45 PM   #1
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Default Bagpipes for wet conditions

One of my hobbies (aside from piping) is WWII reenacting. Every year in Conneaut, Ohio is a D-Day re-enactment. Someday, Iíd like to storm the beaches of Lake Erie playing the pipes a la Bill Millin.

Thereís always the chance of being dropped in deep water, tripping in the water, or (heaven forbid) the landing craft sinking while Iím onboard. Iím looking into a full set of poly pipes, obviously, but what about everything else? What kind of reeds (chanter and drone) should I be looking for? Does it matter what kind of bag I have?

Iím interested both in short term and long term sustainability. Would any setup work if I trip in the water and find myself completely submerged if only for a moment, or is the best I can hope for a setup that will still play perfectly well after a few days of drying out?
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Old 12-30-2018, 08:00 PM   #2
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Scottish ones lol


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Old 12-31-2018, 10:03 AM   #3
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It seems like if your drones are inundated with water they're not going to function... Even just condensation will tend to choke out reeds.

If you get a poly McCallum pipe it will come with a Canmore bag, and a set of MG reeds. If the MG reeds get soaked they probably won't work for a few days. Some of the completely synthetic reeds like Kinnaird (resin body and CF tongue) will work again immediately if you shake the water out of them and wipe the tongues. But Achiltibuie Highland Drone Reeds are pretty much impossible to choke out.
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Old 12-31-2018, 12:08 PM   #4
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The new Mccallum- Grossart ( MG) white Mamba reeds ....
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Old 12-31-2018, 12:12 PM   #5
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And carry some long Q tips, a pull through (piece of cloth tied on a string with a nail as a weight) and a dry cloth all in a zip lock bag.
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Old 12-31-2018, 12:48 PM   #6
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Just noticed that my posts have stayed at 807 for some time. How do I contact management?

And now the last 2 posts are 808
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Old 12-31-2018, 01:08 PM   #7
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Default Re: Bagpipes for wet conditions

In my experience, Henderson Harmonic II reeds can be totally soaked and keep playing- just take them out, blow the water out , plug them back in and continue playing. Selbies can be handled the same way. If I were planning to wade ashore in a re-enactment, I'd probably use poly pipes and a Goretex bag, but I'd keep a played-in chanter reed or two in a ziplock bag or other watertight container in a handy pocket.
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Old 12-31-2018, 03:44 PM   #8
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Get some o-ring dunbars w/ synth bag and cork everything up until you land.. You could drop them in water and I bet everything inside would stay dry! Once you have landed pull the corks and start playing!

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Old 12-31-2018, 09:56 PM   #9
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...Once you have landed pull the corks and start playing!
Kind of like GIs putting prophylactics over their gun muzzles to keep the water out on D-Day

Apparently, there are some "schools" of Civil War (the N.American one) re-enactors who will harp on details to the nth-degree, down to sewing stitches in their uniforms. For them, poly pipes in WW2 would be . Wouldn't give you the full Bill Millin experience, I guess.
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Old 01-01-2019, 05:46 AM   #10
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Yeah, we call them ďstitch nazis.Ē We all take shortcuts somewhere. Most wear gas brassards made of cloth, because paper ones would need to be replaced after every re-enactment (especially if it gets wet). Most people will do what they can to discretely ditch a few layers of wool. Itís about 50įF in Normandy in June. Itís closer to 100į with 95% humidity in Georgia.

If I look correct when youíre standing 10Ē away, Iím good with that. Sometimes, ABW is so dark, I practically need to be holding it to know if itís plastic or wood. My own ABW pipes are not quite that dark.
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