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Old 04-01-2020, 04:47 AM   #11
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I've fortunate to attend many concerts, competitions, recitals, and workshops and have heard some fantastic playing and pipes, but the best so far was in a Celtic Colours concert around 2003. John MacLean's mighty and resonant set.

Here he is in a different concert:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_wsyPhcVDY
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Old 04-01-2020, 04:50 AM   #12
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I coudn’t hear it, but maybe an iPad can not resolve those subtleties. I play an ABW Shepherd chanter with silver sole and love it. I don’t know if it gets that “ring” you’re describing.

Someone mentioned Cocuswood also producing a ringing sound. Is that the same with drones?

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It's subtle but it's there..it reveals itself on percussive movements...try listening to when Stuart plays birls and hitbacks...I suspect that when the low A or low G of those movements are played, it vibrates the metal sole at a frequency as to produce a reaction, commonly perceived as a ringing tone...some may hear it more than others but one thing for sure is that it is not heard on soleless chanters....have a listen on that video to the difference between Stuart's sound and that of the great Angus MacColl's...without a metal sole, there's a marked difference to my ears.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVAVE5i_10Q&t=3444s

do you hear the difference on the chanters?.. grist for the mill.
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Old 04-01-2020, 06:53 AM   #13
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Ali Henderson's bagpipe, Senior MSR, Oban 2016. Still just a super awesome performance for me. The room, the player, the instrument... Just magic.
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Old 04-01-2020, 07:03 AM   #14
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It's subtle but it's there..it reveals itself on percussive movements...try listening to when Stuart plays birls and hitbacks...I suspect that when the low A or low G of those movements are played, it vibrates the metal sole at a frequency as to produce a reaction, commonly perceived as a ringing tone...some may hear it more than others but one thing for sure is that it is not heard on soleless chanters....have a listen on that video to the difference between Stuart's sound and that of the great Angus MacColl's...without a metal sole, there's a marked difference to my ears.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVAVE5i_10Q&t=3444s

do you hear the difference on the chanters?.. grist for the mill.

I'll say this:

If Stuart Liddell isn't worried about it, why should we?


It could be the reed, it could be the sole, it could be the chanter, it could be your ears. Both are top tier elite world class players so sole or no sole it's still great piping.


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Old 04-01-2020, 07:28 AM   #15
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I'll say this:

If Stuart Liddell isn't worried about it, why should we?


It could be the reed, it could be the sole, it could be the chanter, it could be your ears. Both are top tier elite world class players so sole or no sole it's still great piping.


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Who's worried about it?...it's a fantastic quality in my opinion.
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Old 04-01-2020, 07:29 AM   #16
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Who's worried about it?...it's a fantastic quality in my opinion.

Oh I thought otherwise. I thought you saw it as a downfall. Lol

My bad


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Old 04-01-2020, 10:19 AM   #17
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I don't know what they were playing but I'll enter my vote(s) for:

Alasdair Gillies pipes circa 2002; and
Angus MacColl's pipes on the Master Pipers CD.

Funny how most pipes sound great in the hands of the best players

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Old 04-01-2020, 11:42 AM   #18
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Mine. Both sets.
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Old 04-01-2020, 12:09 PM   #19
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No after hearing jack play solo live I'm pretty convinced the man is one with the tone


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Ah I see heh, understandable.


I love the sound of my pipes, I wish I’d give them to a top player who’d really make them sing and show me what they are capable of!
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Old 04-01-2020, 01:00 PM   #20
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Mine. Both sets.
Nowadays a lot of folks have good sounding bagpipes due to the widespread use of synthetic drone reeds. Back in the day when there were only cane drone reeds, there were a host of horrid sounding bagpipes. Yes, professional pipers obtain a tone that is outstanding, but good tone is not beyond the reach of the average piper nowadays. I've heard quite a few good performances posted during the Covid-19 shelter in place.

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