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Old 11-11-2018, 01:21 PM   #11
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Default Re: Favorite blowstick? And worth it to repair a blowstick?

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Not all synthetic blowpipes look bad.
I recently picked up a set of early Kintails missing original blowpipe and blowpipe stock cracked through. Rest of set is in excellent condition.

I contacted Rick at Dunbar and commissioned a poly blowpipe and stock to be made with aged Catalin projecting mount and ferrule he was able to find.

This new blowpipe and stock will blend nicely with the set and will provide the next owner a robust avoidance of future blowpipe and stock failures.

IMHO, Dunbar beading and combing of their polyproducts looks identical to Blackwood.
The homely ones IMO are those generic sticks with no matching mount , metal knobs plain smooth extension tubes,etc. . . A bespoke acetyl one of the right fixed length with a proper mount, turnings and mouthpiece quite usually
look ‘ invisible ‘.
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Old 11-11-2018, 02:20 PM   #12
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When I got my vintage pipes, I wanted to use the blowpipe that came with it.

My instructor suggested two options. The first to get it sleeved. This would give a useable blowpipe, but it would be result in restricted blowing due to the internal diameter. The second option was to use a decent plastic blowpipe that had a wide bore.

I opted for the latter and purchased a Wylie blowpipe - a choice that I have not regretted.

http://www.cameronwyliebagpipeclinic...scography.html

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Old 11-11-2018, 04:31 PM   #13
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For the original poster: Did you have indoor heating running with the pipes left out of their case when the pipes cracked?
If so, that would the culprit. Keep an eye on the rest of the set.
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Old 11-11-2018, 05:16 PM   #14
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That Wylie looks very nice.
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Old 11-11-2018, 05:22 PM   #15
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That Wylie looks very nice.

Not the cheapest, but I like the fact that it doesn’t look like most other adjustable blowpipes.
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Old 11-11-2018, 07:50 PM   #16
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For the original poster: Did you have indoor heating running with the pipes left out of their case when the pipes cracked?
If so, that would the culprit. Keep an eye on the rest of the set.
Not at all. Last night was the first night this season we turned on the heat. I live in California now. Average relative humidity has been about 52%. I wasn't playing any more than 15 minutes/day. Almost every day, but I'm working on endurance.
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Old 11-11-2018, 07:52 PM   #17
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That Wylie looks very nice.
I'd wondered about that one. Of course, you can't be certain from the pictures, but from the pictures the mounts on it look about the same color as the mounts on mine.
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Old 11-11-2018, 10:52 PM   #18
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I had Cameron Wylie make a stick using the engraved silver mounts from the original blowstick that I sent up to him for a buddy's pipes restoration. It turned out great and was un noticeable as a replacement. Great work and great blowstick. And of course I use one myself. I have 2

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Old 11-12-2018, 05:09 AM   #19
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Not at all. Last night was the first night this season we turned on the heat. I live in California now. Average relative humidity has been about 52%. I wasn't playing any more than 15 minutes/day. Almost every day, but I'm working on endurance.
You'll need to learn to take 30 seconds after playing to pass a swab through the blow stick to remove excess moisture. I am the only one in my band doing so.

I had mine crack on me when new. I had a replacement made and learned to take the minute while putting the pipes away to swab out the blow stick and the blow stock. Not a crack since. I also oil the blow stick and stock (both inside and out) once a year. I also keep my pipes in their case zipped closed.

But everyone one is different, you will need to do what is good for you and your pipes.

P.S. If it was me I'd get it either fixed or replaced.
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Old 11-12-2018, 05:56 AM   #20
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Roddy Maclellan fixed my cracked J&R Glen blowstick. I can't even see the repair, and it was very reasonable. I don't recall how much it was, but it seemed like a really good deal.

I have thoughts of having David Lindsey fabricate one of his Peter Crisler blowsticks in a wooden match for it. Just thougths so far.
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