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Old 04-02-2020, 01:51 PM   #31
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Afterward, a member of our band went up to him and said, "I wouldn't have bothered coming if I'd known that you were going to play only one tune."
I hope he / she was given a slap for that! Cheeky beggar!
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Old 04-03-2020, 10:51 AM   #32
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Greetings to All,

Ah... the Best I've ever heard... and the memory is
with me still :)... though this is now many years past...
is a set of Cocuswood Hendersons... and in the hands
of a damned fine piper... and they were from the early
1900s... and of course... with cane drone reeds. :)

A very... very close second... and also many years past...
and also in the hands of an equally damned fine piper...
was a set of ABW Starcks... complete with its chanter...
and from the early 1900s... and with cane drone reeds.

This memory... also... still resonates... within...:)

Wishing Fortunate... and Happy... Listening to All,

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Old 04-03-2020, 11:23 PM   #33
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Well. I do have a very definite impression of the two bagpipes I have considered "above the best" as there are so many great instruments. For me the number one is John MacLellan's MacDougalls! They have a tone that is unique in it's rich harmonic perfectly balanced steady greatness! A lot of money has been offered for that set but they remain in the family.
The second set I was blown away by I only heard only once. A set of cocus and Ivory (very small mounts) set of MacDougalls Played by john Burgess at the northern Meeting in 1977. Completely unlike the first mentioned set. They were tenor dominant and tons of projection but literally sounded like a bell being struck! Right between the eyes! Fantastic. I have bought and sold a LOT of vintage bagpipes but never found a set like these two ......But I keep looking. I have had several MacDougalls But they were no match for these two sets. But i also am no John MacLellan or J.D. Burgess which had a lot to do with presenting everything those instruments had to offer!
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Old 04-04-2020, 12:10 PM   #34
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Well. I do have a very definite impression of the two bagpipes I have considered "above the best" as there are so many great instruments. For me the number one is John MacLellan's MacDougalls! They have a tone that is unique in it's rich harmonic perfectly balanced steady greatness! A lot of money has been offered for that set but they remain in the family.

How much then, Fritz!
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Old 04-05-2020, 11:10 AM   #35
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I agree entirely with Fritz's comments. Burgess's performance at Inverness in '77 was definitely "SPECIAL". However, I would have to add to this list, Bob Nicol's Henderson drones/ Hardie chanter. Bob was a talented reedmaker and designed reeds specifically for his instrument. His drones were typical of the Henderson tone but each drone while clearly standing out on it's own, created a wall of harmonics that matched with his chanter so well, it sent chills up your spine! His playing was none too shabby either. Sets of this quality usually remain in the piper's family. Last I heard, Bob's set went to his nephew Alec MacDonald in Ft. William
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That reminds me of when Alasdair Gillies performed at Oregon Pipers Club and played 'Caber Feidh' in every way possible (e.g, march, strathspey, reel, etc.). Afterward, a member of our band went up to him and said, "I wouldn't have bothered coming if I'd known that you were going to play only one tune."
Brilliant!

But that makes me think about the Cabar Feidh every way possible. Staying within familiar Highland pipe idioms we would have

2/4 March
4/4 March
5/4 March
6/8 March
12/8 March
6/8 Slow March
3/4 Retreat March
9/8 Retreat March
Strathspey
Reel
Hornpipe
6/8 Jig
9/8 Jig
Gaelic Air in 4/4 and 6/8
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Yes a piper could play for an hour or more with just the one tune!
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Gordon Walker...what tone and execution!
I was lucky to be sitting in the front row for a concert he gave in a small room. His tone was amazing- with an ordinary polypenco chanter!
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Old 04-05-2020, 08:43 PM   #38
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Brilliant!

But that makes me think about the Cabar Feidh every way possible. Staying within familiar Highland pipe idioms we would have

2/4 March
4/4 March
5/4 March
6/8 March
12/8 March
6/8 Slow March
3/4 Retreat March
9/8 Retreat March
Strathspey
Reel
Hornpipe
6/8 Jig
9/8 Jig
Gaelic Air in 4/4 and 6/8
Piobaireachd

Yes a piper could play for an hour or more with just the one tune!
And, by the way, Alasdair thought that my band mate's comment was very funny. I sure miss him! What a brilliant piper and nice guy.
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Old 04-05-2020, 10:53 PM   #39
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Well Colin I would say a bit more than Kilgour wanted!
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And I would need that bass drone reed!
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