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Old 10-03-2018, 01:10 PM   #1
markgottlieb
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Default Using a Little Mac blowstick valve on smallpipes

I have a beautiful set of MacClellan smallpipes that I couldn't be happier with.
It currently has a flapper valve that needs replacing. it's been a few months.
Before I replace it I'm curious...
I know that a Little Mac will decrease the blowstick inside diameter. However when I used one on my GHBs a long while ago there were never issues.
McCallum smallpipes came with a Moose valve which won't work with my current smallpipes.
I would like to hear your thoughts on this.
Thank you,
Mark
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Old 10-03-2018, 02:25 PM   #2
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Default Re: Using a Little Mac blowstick valve on smallpipes.

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I have a beautiful set of MacClellan smallpipes that I couldn't be happier with.
It currently has a flapper valve that needs replacing. it's been a few months.
Before I replace it I'm curious...
I know that a Little Mac will decrease the blowstick inside diameter. However when I used one on my GHBs a long while ago there were never issues.
McCallum smallpipes came with a Moose valve which won't work with my current smallpipes.
I would like to hear your thoughts on this.
Thank you,
Mark
I replaced the original whatever flapper on my old set of Shepherd small pipes
with a littlemac siliconed in at the end the blowstick. It worked so much better. The lower playing pressure i think was no concern for the i.d. reduction.
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Old 10-03-2018, 05:06 PM   #3
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Default Re: Using a Little Mac blowstick valve on smallpipes

I used to own a set of smallpipes and I installed a Beck valve in the bottom of the blowpipe stock. It worked great, has a universal fit, and acts as a spit trap as well.

http://cowalbagpipes.com/beck-valve/
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Old 10-05-2018, 11:59 AM   #4
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Default Re: Using a Little Mac blowstick valve on smallpipes

You could. You could also use a dirt-cheap brass-and-rubber valve cut down to fit the size of the blowpipe tenon. Those are easily modified and replaced, work quite well, and don't require making any permanent or semi-permanent changes to anything.
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Old 10-08-2018, 08:09 PM   #5
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Default Re: Using a Little Mac blowstick valve on smallpipes

I have Lil' Mac valves on my smallpipes, and on my uilleann pipes!

They just work.

(But I use the Moose on the fullsize Highland pipes.)
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