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Old 01-18-2020, 08:48 PM   #1
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Hey all,

What are your thoughts on a manometer?
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Old 01-19-2020, 05:53 AM   #2
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Hey all,

What are your thoughts on a manometer?
..works for anyone...if paying attention. Build your own h2o unit for ~$20 or splurge on a pipe mounted meter for +$75.

A worthwhile tool for any noob or aspiring piper. One or two weeks paying attention and correct reeding will show big improvements in steady pressure and playing.
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Old 01-19-2020, 07:42 AM   #3
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If you use one, then youíll know information about your playing. If you donít you wonít. Piperís Dojo has a nice one at a good price (itís what I use). Or build your own.

Lots of folks say they donít need one. I think thatís great for them.

Manometers are quite humbling.
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Old 01-19-2020, 07:46 AM   #4
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Those infernal devices will tell lies about you, just like a metronome!!

Kidding aside, I though it was interesting to hook up to one.

We all had to hook up to manometers at band awhile ago, and I have one of the homemade vinyl tube ones. I was a bit steadier than I thought I would be, but maybe only because I was watching it while I played. It definitely helped identify pressure dips and surges in my blowing/squeezing cycle, which were not at all where I suspected they would be.
You can use it to measure the strength of your reed in inches of water, so you can order reeds of a specific strength from reed makers.

I suppose the real debate is if you can't HEAR a change in pitch, or if you can blow steady according to a tuner, then does it matter what a manometer says?
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Old 01-19-2020, 11:25 AM   #5
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I agree with those above. Amongst all the things that impact our playing, I believe one of the most common, and often overlooked, is unsteady blowing (a term we of course use incorrectly), unsteady pressure...however one wants to describe it.

I see it in so many pipers and bands, and not just lower grade or non-competing bands. And it certainly makes for difficult tuning (when I've tuned some competitors whose pressure is all over the place, I call it 'tuning by average'). When I point it out, I'm usually met with excuses, like new chanter reed, new drone reeds, new bag, "I have a cold", or something.

As mentioned, any such device, provides the truth in the matter. And if you are able to correct things, so many other factors will fall in place and you'll be a better pipers.
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Old 01-19-2020, 01:10 PM   #6
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I Agree with all the comments,
my 5 Cents:
Manometre, Metronome and Tuner
Essential "tools" but nothing more.
Use as advised by the other participants
and you'll be able to "measure" your
progress (or lack of) in THESE areas.
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Old 01-19-2020, 06:12 PM   #7
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What are your thoughts on a manometer?
Best thing I have ever done for my piping. Full stop.
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Old 01-20-2020, 06:03 PM   #8
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Best thing I have ever done for my piping. Full stop.
I purchased the parts now just gotta put them together. So you say it worked for you?
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Old 01-21-2020, 06:44 AM   #9
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Just get one of these. They work great - using one for a while will definitely help your steadiness, and it can help you get better at tuning too.

https://bagpipelessons.com/product/b...wing-and-tone/
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Very accurate, measures up to 40 in. wg.
https://www.ebay.ca/itm/Digital-Mano...IAAOSww5ZeJEQw

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