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Old 02-19-2019, 04:52 PM   #11
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No. 1 and only this year for pibroch:
Graham Burley ABW drones he made for me a few years ago, but he made delrin blowpipe and split chanter stocks at my request this year.
Kinnaird Edge drone reeds
50s Hardie chanter (452 Hz) with Turner reeds
Begg Sheep bag, but have a Boderiou sheep bag coming to try
Trapdri and tube
Simple, elegant, and fun to play.
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Old 02-19-2019, 06:34 PM   #12
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for this year:
1979 G&M BP2 with original McLeod of Forfar chanter
Gannaway bag ( Medium, no zipper, no grommets)
Selbie drone reeds
Various chanter reeds at different times:
Husk, Mur reeds, MacLellan, Shepherd Bflat, G1 Bflat
Moose valve;
Backup chanter: RG Hardie late 1970s
I have some other makes of chanter reed on order to try out.
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Old 02-19-2019, 07:13 PM   #13
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2010 McCallum ABD4
WMC bag
Moose valve
Canning tenors
G1 cane bass (awesome worthy of a review)
G1 chanter reed (soon to be Husk)
Kyo poly
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Old 02-20-2019, 08:52 AM   #14
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I'm getting back into competitive piping after a 5+ year hiatus.
So I removed an old Ross bag, canister, and split stock.

I will be playing:
Naill Pipes
Lee and sons Cowhide Bag (No grommets, with a zipper)
Trap Dri MC tube with the Shamwow bottle on the end
Cane drone reeds with Rockets as a synthetic backup
Naill AB Chanter with TBD reed

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Old 02-20-2019, 08:57 AM   #15
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I'm getting back into competitive piping after a 5+ year hiatus.
So I removed an old Ross bag, canister, and split stock.

I will be playing:
Naill Pipes
Lee and sons Cowhide Bag (No grommets, with a zipper)
Trap Dri MC tube with the Shamwow bottle on the end
Cane drone reeds with Rockets as a synthetic backup
Naill AB Chanter with TBD reed

Welcome back to it, enjoy yourself!

Cheers,
~Nate
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Old 02-20-2019, 10:55 AM   #16
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Default Re: 2019 setup, changes?

Just acquired a set of vintage Henderson drones, which I have set up with a McCallum McC2 ABW chanter with Macphee reed. Canning drone reeds. Ross pipe bag with canister system.

My regular pipe will now become my band pipe and the Henderson will become my solo bagpipe (I get a lot of gig requests). My (now) band pipe is Dunbar ABW drones with poly McCallum chanter (Macphee reed). Ross pipe bag with canister system and Selbie drone reeds. Pipey sez we will be getting matching band chanters in the near future.

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Old 02-20-2019, 11:12 AM   #17
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Just acquired a set of vintage Henderson drones
Congrats on the acquisition!
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Old 02-20-2019, 11:30 AM   #18
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Interesting stuff all around...

I decided to simplify an issue I have, which is that I play in a band, and also want to play solo this coming season, and this involves two different chanters that are at drastically different pitches. What I'm going to try, at least for the next while, is to use two sets of Balance Tone reeds - regular set for band, and Bb set for solo. They are made so that the body can be removed from the hemped part, which can stay in the drone. I can leave the (very securely) hemped part in and just change the bodies, since the hemped part is identical in both sets. I can also just make a mark with a pencil at the depth they like to be at to minimize having to move the drones too much on the pins. I like the tone well enough, and they are effecient and practically impossible to get a bad strike-in with. This solves having to be constantly swapping between two sets of drone reeds set at different pitches and strengths. I'm keeping other drone reeds on hand in case I get further urges (and time) to tinker.

The other big change is that I'm tying on a sheep(!), probably after the march parades. At that point I'll decide whether to keep a split stock with tube or use a regular stock with a moose valve. I have a Begg cowhide, which I love, but it's time to retire it.
So:
Dunbar blackwood pipes of recent manufacture
Begg Sheepskin
G1 chanter and medium-ish reed for band (~482)
Dunbar blackwood chanter and shepherd easy Bb reed for solo (~466)
Balance tones (Cane if I get a wild hair later on in the nice weather)

It might be nice later on to link to recordings of how our new setups sound, or update the thread later on in the season with comments from judges/instructors/public on how they liked (or didn't) what they heard, and how things worked out (or didn't) for us.

Wishing everyone a year of great tone!
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Old 02-20-2019, 11:40 AM   #19
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What I'm going to try, at least for the next while, is to use two sets of Balance Tone reeds - regular set for band, and Bb set for solo. ...
... It might be nice later on to link to recordings of how our new setups sound, or update the thread later on in the season with comments from judges/instructors/public on how they liked (or didn't) what they heard, and how things worked out (or didn't) for us.
Agreed, as a reader, I really like coming across threads where things have come full-circle, i.e. original poster lets folks know how they made out, what worked, what didn't.

I'm interested to see how things go with using a Bb set for solo. If I may ask, why specifically Bb?

Cheers,
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Old 02-22-2019, 05:23 AM   #20
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In 2018 I got a set of 1940s Lawries (from our fellow member Rooklidge) which immediately became my main band-pitch set.

The 2018/2019 setup:

-Begg Standard sheepskin bag
-no MCS
-Moose valve
-Kinnaird tenors, EzeeDrone bass
-McCallum chanter with Megarity reed

I chose the reeds for volume, Kinnairds being louder in the tenors, EzeeDrone being louder in the bass.

You can't get a bad strike-in if you try. Actually no strike-in per se is required. The ideal band pipe!

My Concert B Flat set is the same as it's been for a few years:

-1940s Starck (London) ebony drones
-Gannaway bag (no zip, no grommets)
-Moose valve
-no MCS
-EzeeDrones in tenors and bass
-McCallum B Flat chanter with Megarity reed
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