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Old 03-05-2018, 02:13 AM   #1
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Hey Folks,

Im going to get my first Uilleann Pipe practice set made by Andreas Rogge very soon. I thought maybe a cheap way to upgrade them is to get a cheap pakistani half set, only for the drones. You can get a "Geoffrey" Half set for about 150 Bucks on Ebay. I think with some re-fitting and proper reeds the drones should be usable. What do you think?
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Old 03-05-2018, 04:11 AM   #2
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It has certainly been done. I suspect the project will ultimately teach you why it's worth spending the money on a good instrument, but if you can afford to lose the money plus whatever you will spend on getting them working, it's worth a shot.
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Old 03-12-2018, 03:52 PM   #3
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It has certainly been done. I suspect the project will ultimately teach you why it's worth spending the money on a good instrument, but if you can afford to lose the money plus whatever you will spend on getting them working, it's worth a shot.
Is there anyone on this forum who managed to set up a Geoffrey satisfactorily?
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Old 03-12-2018, 06:14 PM   #4
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Tim Britton used to do it, but gave up as it either wasn't worth his time or wasn't satisfactory - I suspect a bit of both.
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Old 03-12-2018, 06:41 PM   #5
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Hey Folks,
I thought maybe a cheap way to upgrade them is to get a cheap pakistani half set, only for the drones. You can get a "Geoffrey" Half set for about 150 Bucks on Ebay. I think with some re-fitting and proper reeds the drones should be usable. What do you think?
If you're handy and up to a challenge, you might look into building a set from the plans on David Daye's website. The cost of materials would be way less than an Ebay gamble. You would also not have to worry about warped wood or fuzzy bores. There are also plans on the site for making your own drone reeds, and David has a number of useful videos about setting them up on Youtube.

http://www.daye1.com/dronesc3oncert.html
http://www.daye1.com/bagpage/makepip...uppc_sdrn.html
http://www.daye1.com/bagpage/makepip...uppc_bdrn.html
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Old 03-15-2018, 05:55 PM   #6
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Hello,

I have a suggestion that may save you money, headaches, offer more satisfaction in the long term. When you get your practice set, consider having Andreas make a set of drones for you at a later date. He can put the half set together and make sure the set is working to the satisfaction of all concerned. Should you desire regulators, Andreas can do this after you feel comfortable with the half set. Hope the advice was helpful.

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