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Old 03-30-2020, 05:21 PM   #1
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Default Best sounding bagpipes you’ve heard?

What would be, in your personal opinion, the best sounding bagpipe set up you have heard in real life and/or recording?


I know recordings are pretty inaccurate due to the limitations posed by the recording devices along with the microphone set up, and the room shape. There are a lot of amazing sounding pipes I have heard; however I’d have to say the sound that has really captivated me as of late, is the sound from the “World’s Greatest Pipers” with Murray Henderson playing. I love that big, dark, haunting, timbre of his chanter, and how his playing compliments it. (Would anyone know what his setup was in that recording or at that time?)
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Old 03-30-2020, 06:24 PM   #2
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Here's the best I've heard in quite some time..when they talk about the old school ring off the metal soled chanters, well this it, even though some will deny the existence of this phenomenon...it they don't hear it, they need their hearing checked.
The fantastic Stuart Lidell...go to the 14:00 mark and also 19:30 mark.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVAVE5i_10Q&t=3437s
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Old 03-30-2020, 08:59 PM   #3
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I could definitely believe it.



I hear how some pipers believe that under the right circumstances a pipe made of cocuswood can “ring”.
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Old 03-30-2020, 11:05 PM   #4
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Ian MacDonald had a tremendous pipe at workshops in San Antonio, 2007 or 2008. I always remember that. And the late E.D. Neigh always had the most amazing sounding practice chanter I've EVER heard (a blackwood Gibson, with Gibson reed), it had the most brilliant, melancholy tone, quite unlike any PC I've ever heard elsewhere. He would play ceol mor on it and it would be just breathtaking. Nothing like your ordinary PC.
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Old 03-31-2020, 02:17 PM   #5
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I would agree with Your choice of Ian MacDonald. I make a point of listening to Ian at our Ontario Highland games. A tremendous piper with an outstanding pipe
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Old 03-31-2020, 02:34 PM   #6
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OH, what a difficult question, for there were so many times...and I was probably drinking!

Seriously, there have been too many times I've been moved by the sound from so many pipers. I remember being entranced by Bruce Gandy's sound in a recording. At the Lord Todd in, I think 2006, Jack Lee's pipes sounded unbelievable. Murray Henderson in Seattle at a performance. I could go on and on; but, in part, the point is that sometimes things just come together for so many performers at some event...and not necessarily professionals. It's magic when it happens to any (well, not really magic, for the piper deserves credit for his/her setup and sound).
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Old 03-31-2020, 07:49 PM   #7
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Here's the best I've heard in quite some time..when they talk about the old school ring off the metal soled chanters, well this it, even though some will deny the existence of this phenomenon...it they don't hear it, they need their hearing checked.

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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What would be, in your personal opinion, the best sounding bagpipe set up you have heard in real life and/or recording?


I know recordings are pretty inaccurate due to the limitations posed by the recording devices along with the microphone set up, and the room shape. There are a lot of amazing sounding pipes I have heard; however I’d have to say the sound that has really captivated me as of late, is the sound from the “World’s Greatest Pipers” with Murray Henderson playing. I love that big, dark, haunting, timbre of his chanter, and how his playing compliments it. (Would anyone know what his setup was in that recording or at that time?)

Jack Lee's lol


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Jack Lee's lol

What’s so funny? Are you thinking of that juice video?
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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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