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Old 05-09-2018, 11:06 AM   #1
Elizur Wright
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Default BlowPro Pressure Monitor

Has anyone tried using the BlowPro pressure monitor? Any thoughts?

Seems a little pricey to buy the sensor, but if it helps with steady blowing it may be worthwhile.
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Old 05-09-2018, 07:19 PM   #2
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Default Re: BlowPro Pressure Monitor

Anything that can help you blow steadily is valuable. Things that are simple to set up, and read, are more valuable than things that are cheap and hard to integrate. I have used Bagpipe Gauge. Tried water tubes, but they were stupidly awkward, requiring me to be stuck next to a wall. If reading from an iPhone or iPad is easier than reading an analog gauge on a stock on the pipe: Go for it (no irony here).

Whatever it takes to blow steadily.


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Old 05-10-2018, 06:41 PM   #3
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There are some simple ones on the market. I have my students use the pressure gauge from here: http://www.schoolofpiping.com/shop/b...lications.html They are cheap, but extremely effective. You only need to see a needle and how much pressure varies. Some of them seem overkill to me.
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Old 05-10-2018, 07:04 PM   #4
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I’ve just ordered the BlowPro. It seems expensive compared with plugin gauges. However, I can review my blowing when playing and marching, like I do for light music competition or walk around when I play piobaireachd.

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Old 05-11-2018, 05:15 AM   #5
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So...instead of reading a needled gauge mounted on your blowpipe....or a water column on a board or wall...you’ll now read a digital screen...on your phone...mounted to your blowstick while playing.

Like the old saying goes...” there’s nothing new under the sun..” the only thing New was back in 1969 when the first man stepped on the moon.

We’ve seen e-cigarettes and iPad batteries explode...

....what’s next...Kevlar glengarries?
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Old 05-11-2018, 09:07 AM   #6
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Part of the point of the BlowPro is that you can save the readings to review after playing. Much like the Braw tuner, this means you get an accurate picture of what you're doing when you're actually playing and not staring at a tuner or gauge.
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Old 05-12-2018, 06:41 AM   #7
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I'm intrigued with the BlowPro device too. I like the physical simplification of that approach - no tube, all drones free to play, lightweight.

One thing I do like with Jori's Bagpipe Gauge though is that the dial is right there with you on the blowpipe stock, and if you decide to walk around or wander outside, there is nothing to remember to carry or place in your field of view.

But I'll likely end up trying a BlowPro - it's a great idea.
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Old 05-12-2018, 08:36 AM   #8
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I think I may get one too!
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Old 05-12-2018, 10:28 AM   #9
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....no tube, all drones free to play, lightweight....
Yes indeed but of course, you do need a zippered bag.
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Old 05-12-2018, 07:34 PM   #10
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Yes indeed but of course, you do need a zippered bag.
And I do, as do many others.
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