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Old 06-05-2018, 01:05 PM   #31
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Default Re: Your Experience with Acetyl (Plastic) Highland Bagpipes

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To answer your question about chanter and sun orientation, yes. Especially in Grade 1, where so many things are magnified deciding factors. It may not be a deciding factor in Grade 4 or 5, or even 3 and 2, but for grade 1 it is. I am thinking back to the worlds in 2012 where it was un-Scottishly sunny. Band's tone guy's ability to manage sun time and orientation was an important factor in band's tone, and later prizes.
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It's a factor even in the lower grades. When you have to tune up in the sun, it's something that the PM/sound people need to keep track of.
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Old 06-05-2018, 07:38 PM   #32
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I purchased a set of Dunbar P1 pipes in 2006 and have really enjoyed playing them.
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Old 06-28-2018, 10:36 AM   #33
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Seems a lot of makers now have a line of poly pipes, but I'm not hearing much about a company that appears to focus on the poly pipes, Pipers Choice, anyone care to voice an opinion?
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Old 06-28-2018, 10:42 AM   #34
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Given lack of feedback and user reviews you might be best to stick with a known maker.... Mccallum,Hardie,Dunbar.

I put McC first because I have theirs ( as an alt to my FS old Hardies) for two years now and am quite pleased. I put Hardie 2nd...only because Im an old Hardie-phile.
Dunbar have a nice big sound ( a student had a set)....IIRC they were heavy.
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Old 06-28-2018, 05:48 PM   #35
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Seems a lot of makers now have a line of poly pipes, but I'm not hearing much about a company that appears to focus on the poly pipes, Pipers Choice, anyone care to voice an opinion?
Right now J. Higgins is selling McCallum acetyl pipes for basically the same price as Pipers Choice Delrin pipes. Delrin weighs more, but it's a little more durable. In my opinion, Delrin looks a little better too. I've seen Dunbar Delrin pipes from a few feet away an thought they were ABW. From the same distance my pipes look like plastic.

I'm really happy with my McCallum drones. As in I think they sound really good. Without knowing something about the bores of Pipers Choice it might be a gamble to buy them. Maybe they sound good or maybe not, right?
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Old 07-20-2018, 01:16 PM   #36
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All I have to add to this is that I was in Ohio for New Years Eve this past year, and it got down to -10 outside. My McCallum Poly pipes performed beautifully. No cracking, warping, or shift in sound. The only problem was that my fingers were freezing!
Highly recommend the Poly Pipes.


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Old 07-21-2018, 07:29 AM   #37
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McCallum acetyl pipes for basically the same price as Pipers Choice Delrin pipes. Delrin weighs more, but it's a little more durable.

Delrin and acetal are the same material...
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Old 07-21-2018, 07:52 AM   #38
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Delrin and acetal are the same material...
I think Dupont would argue that point..

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Old 07-21-2018, 09:04 AM   #39
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Delrin and acetal are the same material...
In my humble opinion, the two major types of poly used in bagpipe making finish differently. Polypenco/Delrin pipes are blacker and appear to take turning better than Acetyl pipes which appear to be a little grayer and softer, sometimes with less detail, e.g. combing, than the blackwood counterpart of the same brand. Both materials make a beautiful looking and sounding bagpipe but some may prefer the look of one over the other...

More non-technical comparison available at Bagpipe Ecology...
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Old 07-21-2018, 10:10 AM   #40
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I think Dupont would argue that point..

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Very interesting. I wonder which makers use which. Certainly the DuPont material has a great PR video to showcase its material over the ‘plain old’ acetal.

Not sure which my McCallum pipes are made of ..but they’re quite satisfactory.

I think we’d druther an exact set of each to weigh any benefits.

PS: found who uses what info on David Locky’s ( HighlandPark) Bagpipe Ecology site mentioned in post #39 above. Excellent David.....you’ll be rewarded ...in heaven. ��

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