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Old 04-10-2018, 02:47 PM   #11
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Default Re: Bellows stiff

Same issues with my bellows from McCallum. Great construction but the hinge seems to be made from the same material as a piper's cross belt and certainly will last the test of time.

I'm finding that the wood from the bellows is actually coming into contact with the leather causing binding or stopping of the full bellows action. I was thinking of just filing the leather thinner or notching it at the touch point to allow easier function.

I can always buy an old worn in belt if I bugger this up. From experience, this type of leather doesn't break in well unless a million sweaty soggy parades soften the leather. I'm not a chronic player so by the time it breaks in I'll have no arms left to play with i think....

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Old 04-10-2018, 03:19 PM   #12
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I don’t have any bellows experience...but fwiw there are Fred Morrison videos on the Mccallum site ...discussing how to’s for ‘his’ branded small pipes by Mccallum....and there his words of wisdom about the bag/bellows. Having A good stiff,sturdy leather bag was the essence of Fred’s guidance.

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Old 04-11-2018, 02:26 PM   #13
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My McCallum bellows (that came with my Morrison Reelpipes) are so stiff I am left literally bruised on both torso and arm for days afterward. No exaggeration. Luckily I have a set of Daye bellows that I can use instead with all my cauldwind pipes.

I think I'll try mink oil and see if it helps at all, as the McCallum bellows are very attractive. I would love to use them, but they are not currently playable.
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Old 04-11-2018, 02:30 PM   #14
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I am left literally bruised on both torso and arm for days afterward. No exaggeration.

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...sounds like you might not have watched Fred Morrison’s aforementioned ‘how to’ video ...
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Old 04-11-2018, 02:33 PM   #15
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I have not. That being said, the reelpipes are my not first bellows rodeo, having been playing various bellows-driven pipes (uilleann pipes, smallpipes) since 2005. So I didn't expect to need a "lesson" in how to operate a set! But, I'm heading over to watch now...
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