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Old 03-05-2019, 06:54 AM   #1
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Default Dunbar's Delrin Kitchen Pipes :)



Greetings to All,

From our BDF Trading Post... and one of our
Members... I have recently gotten myself a set
of Dunbar's Delrin Kitchen Pipes... :)

And... I find them to be... quite grand!! :)

The workmanship is flawless... the appearance
is quite handsome... and the overall effect... is
quite in keeping with our usual high standards...
for our kiy and gear... and the music that we are
oh so privileged... to make... :)

There is more than sufficient volume there... as
well as tone... to well assure me... and any who
might be listening... that there is piping afoot!! :)

(As with my regular and full-sized pipes... my
discerning Australian Shepherd... comes quickly
bounding over to listen... only with these... sits
at my feet... rather than the more usual eight to
ten feet away... :)

While... and concomitantly... the volume is not
such... to make one a candidate... for ejection
from one's hotel room... :)

Once and again... Dunbar... and their quite magical
Shop Elves... have... quite happily... hit the mark!! :)

For any here considering such... I recommend them...
and quite highly... and without... reservation!!

Already... I have found them marvelously useful... in
the learning of new tunes... as well as the sometimes
needed... polishing up... of the old... :)

For any acquiring such... I wish you the joy of them!! :)

Regards to All,

Pip01




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Old 03-05-2019, 11:43 AM   #2
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Default Re: Dunbar's Delrin Kitchen Pipes :)

I was looking into these also, I bought my Dunbar PC from hotpipes.com, but at a loss as far as moisture control. There's bound to be some in the bag I see no zipper on it.
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Old 03-05-2019, 04:59 PM   #3
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Default Re: Dunbar's Delrin Kitchen Pipes :)

Thanks Pip01 for your positive review. Just a minor note. The Kitchen Pipes are made in Ontario by Pipers' Choice not Dunbar. They can be purchased without a chanter and Oliver from Hotpipes.com chooses to put a Dunbar chanter on them. If you need moisture control Pipers' Choice has a water trap practice chanter top that fits. Here is a link

https://www.scottshighland.com/produ...th-water-trap/
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Old 03-06-2019, 08:31 AM   #4
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Default Re: Dunbar's Delrin Kitchen Pipes :)

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Just a minor note.

The Kitchen Pipes are made in Ontario by Pipers' Choice not Dunbar.



Ah... KBAGG... and to All,

Alas!!... not... a minor note... in the least....

My apologies for having misled in the matter of the
source... of the Kitchen Pipes.

As the Old Celtic Saying goes.... "Oops!!" :)

From my prior chat with the supplier... I came away
with this very major... mis-apprehension...

But all of that... notwithstanding... this is a damned
fine product!!... and I can but re-recommend these
very fine Kitchen Pipes to any who may wish to give
them a go... :)

Piper's Choice has done fine work... and may be
justly proud... of their accomplishment!! :)

Regards to All,

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Old 03-08-2019, 06:14 AM   #5
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Default Re: Dunbar's Delrin Kitchen Pipes :)

are these considered small pipes? is the chanter set up just like great pipes.? it must be breath blown, not arm sqeezed. what is the cost? thanks, jim
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Old 03-08-2019, 07:34 AM   #6
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are these considered small pipes? is the chanter set up just like great pipes.? it must be breath blown, not arm sqeezed. what is the cost? thanks, jim
While they are a form of small pipes, they aren't what most people think of when they use that term, and you wouldn't want to take them to a small pipe group to play with the others as the chanter isn't going to be tuning to A=440 normally.

What it is comprised of is a regular practice chanter put onto the appropriately sized stocks tied into a bag (think practice goose), then they have added a common stock with two drones. The drones use practice chanter reeds. So it works just like the GHB as far as basic function, just with a PC and drones setup to work with the PC. As for cost, hotpipes.com has them on sale for $295 at the moment with the PC upgraded to a Dunbar long (which is what Pip01 has). Here is a link to kitchen pipes on Oliver's site with a ton of information: http://www.hotpipes.com/kpipe.html

I got a lot of use out of mine when I was first starting because I could keep playing for longer with the bag, but once I got my Walsh small pipes (and now my Morrison small pipes), I found I didn't play them any more. Then one day I found that something heavy must have ended up on one of the drones as it has now snapped in half. I'm sure it can be repaired or replaced (probably just as cheap to replace as do any sort of repair), but I haven't looked into it yet.
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Old 03-11-2019, 05:27 PM   #7
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While they are a form of small pipes, they aren't what most people think of when they use that term, and you wouldn't want to take them to a small pipe group to play with the others as the chanter isn't going to be tuning to A=440 normally.
Ah, so these are in B flat?

I've found out at Highland Games, when Highland pipers have smallpipes, they're in Bb half the time and A half the time. (Many Highland pipers I've met are resistant to anything, pipes or whistles, that aren't in Bb.)

My smallpipes are in A but I need a Bb set to "play with others".
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Old 03-11-2019, 08:03 PM   #8
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Ah, so these are in B flat?

I've found out at Highland Games, when Highland pipers have smallpipes, they're in Bb half the time and A half the time. (Many Highland pipers I've met are resistant to anything, pipes or whistles, that aren't in Bb.)

My smallpipes are in A but I need a Bb set to "play with others".

Not really, they are whatever a standard practice chanter is. Iíve managed to get a Dunbar with a Gibson Reed to tune to 440 at one time, but most of the time itís neither 440 or 466 but wandering around somewhere else. They really werenít meant to be played with other instruments from what I understand, more as a practice or fun thing at parties and such.

And Iíve run into the same idea from GHB players about the B flat thing, but I donít understand their thought process. Other instruments tune to A=440, so if you want to play with anything other than other GHB players, you need an A set of small pipes. If you only want to play with other pipers, they already have their pipes.

I was just given a set of Gibson Fireside pipes that were setup in B flat, so I guess now I can play with those that only have that as an option. But the first thing I did after receiving them was to order the conversion to A so I could play them with other instruments. Since I already have Walsh small pipes and Morrison small and reel pipes, the Firesides will likely be given to pipers who want to play in a session but donít have their own small pipes.
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Old 03-13-2019, 11:37 AM   #9
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You can still play with other instruments if you have A466 pipes just as well as with A440 pipes. Just let others know that youíre a half step higher than them. What we call A other instruments would call B flat.

Itís not difficult. Just look at wind bands/concert bands. What the flutes, low brass, and percussion call A, the clarinets, trumpets, and tenor saxes call B, the alto and bari saxes call C#, and the horns call E.
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