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Old 05-13-2015, 04:55 PM   #1
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Default Playing Pipes in a Cave

Seeing that huge cavern on the news has got me wondering how a set of pipes would sound there. Imagine the acoustics! Last time I was anywhere near that cave, I hadn't learned to play the pipes yet. I did get to Smoo Cave in the early 70's but had just started on the Big Pipes at the time. Anyone ever play there or any other large cave?
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Old 05-13-2015, 05:13 PM   #2
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I haven't played in a cave... but it seems that that would
be absolutely grand!! ("Resounding"... comes to mind. :)

I have played in some very (very) old churches... that
were huge... and with no one else about... and the wave
of sound(s)... were overwhelmingly breathtaking!!
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Old 05-13-2015, 06:25 PM   #3
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One of the cemeteries I used to play at had a round, huge, polished marble walled mausoleum. If you played A, C#, E, or A, D, F# for example, while tuning up, you could hear a chord bounce back and hang for about three seconds after you stop playing. I can only dream of what a big cave would be like.
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Old 05-14-2015, 06:06 AM   #4
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I would hazard to say that it would be very loud to say the least.
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Old 05-14-2015, 07:46 AM   #5
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I would hazard to say that it would be very loud to say the least.
I have played in a handball court. Very loud with echos from all walls ceiling and floor. Our band even had to tune up in one! Only one pipe at a time for drone tuning.
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Old 05-14-2015, 08:21 AM   #6
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I would imagine that parking garages would produce a similar effect to low ceilinged expansive caves: hard surfaces and open space. I practice in one with my instructor and I love the reverb and harmonics produced -- plus there's lot's of space for marching.
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Old 05-14-2015, 08:54 AM   #7
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My wife wishes I'd go practice in a cave ...
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Old 05-14-2015, 09:04 AM   #8
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I've played in the ferry waiting room by the Rowe's Wharf Hotel on Boston Harbor. The waiting room is a doemd structure on the wharf- very resonant. The dome of the hotel itselfis much bigger, and also quite resonant, but much higher and more open. I've played there several times.
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Old 05-14-2015, 11:34 AM   #9
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I seem to recall, some time ago, the Pipeline programme featuring Barnaby Brown playing a piobaireachd from the Campbell Canntaireachd, in a cave, on Skye.

The preface to Angus MacKay's book, 'Account of the Hereditary Pipers', states that the MacCrimmons practiced in Uamh na'm Piobaireau, the "Piper's Cave" and their daughters piped in Uamh na'n Calmain, or the Pigeon's Cave. We have no way of knowing if this is true.
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I seem to recall, some time ago, the Pipeline programme featuring Barnaby Brown playing a piobaireachd from the Campbell Canntaireachd, in a cave, on Skye.

The preface to Angus MacKay's book, 'Account of the Hereditary Pipers', states that the MacCrimmons practiced in Uamh na'm Piobaireau, the "Piper's Cave" and their daughters piped in Uamh na'n Calmain, or the Pigeon's Cave. We have no way of knowing if this is true.
Where can the book 'Account of the Hereditary Pipers' by Angus MacKay be found?

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