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    Has anyone tried using this apparatus? I know that old fashioned practice is the best way to build back stamina after a few year layoff from the pipes, but I'm wondering if this would be useful as well.

    I think my curiosity is going to get the best of me, so I'm leaning toward ordering it. If I do, I'll come back with a review.

    https://www.thepipershut.com/The-Blo...a-blowhard.htm

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    Re: The BlowHard

    How about instead, I send you some reeds to break in for me? Win win!
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    • #3
      Re: The BlowHard

      For those of us who don't always get time to practice, it might be a handy device to keep on our desks at work! I'm giving it some serious thought!

      Andrew
      Andrew T. Lenz, Jr. BDF Moderator
      BagpipeJourney.com - Reference for Bagpipers

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      • #4
        Re: The BlowHard

        I won't be blowing my money on it!
        John Bolt

        Single malt scotch more than just a breakfast drink

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        • #5
          Re: The BlowHard

          Originally posted by John Bolt View Post
          I won't be blowing my money on it!
          Ha. Nice one! Even though you caught wind of it? You can hardly stand it?

          Andrew
          Andrew T. Lenz, Jr. BDF Moderator
          BagpipeJourney.com - Reference for Bagpipers

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          • #6
            Re: The BlowHard

            I think an adequate substitute for this....gadget....could be made using a standard screw-on bulb mouthpiece and a rubber stopper with a hole in it. Not $20.

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            • #7
              Re: The BlowHard

              Really the best way is to just do it. I have a Techno chanter, small pipes and the GHP's but I haven't played a PC for 3 years or since I left the band and I have a very beautiful $400 custom Dunbar PC sitting in a drawer!
              John Bolt

              Single malt scotch more than just a breakfast drink

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              • #8
                Re: The BlowHard

                Originally posted by el gaitero View Post
                I think an adequate substitute for this....gadget....could be made using a standard screw-on bulb mouthpiece and a rubber stopper with a hole in it. Not $20.
                It crossed my mind, though I like the reliable fine adjustment of the pressure. Sure, you could tape over the hole in the rubber stopper for adjustment, but I sense a point of likely failure!

                Andrew
                Andrew T. Lenz, Jr. BDF Moderator
                BagpipeJourney.com - Reference for Bagpipers

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                • #9
                  Re: The BlowHard

                  How does this device regulate pressure? Surely it just adjusts flow?



                  As for its merits, I'll leave that to others.
                  http://www.callingthetune.co.uk
                  -- Formerly known as CalumII

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                  • #10
                    Re: The BlowHard

                    Originally posted by CalumII

                    As for its merits, I'll leave that to others.




                    Hmm... in Times Long Past... 'twas hard to get
                    The needed items for our playing.
                    But now, all manner of things abound,
                    And, are they needed? I'm just saying
                    They may spark a present interest, but I
                    Shall find myself... hard pressed... to buy.

                    Rather, take up the pc, and make the Time
                    To work... on that difficult... melody line.

                    This may be a fine product, though indeed,
                    I find myself quite bereft... of need.






                    Last edited by Pip01; 02-16-2019, 07:51 AM.
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                    • #11
                      Re: The BlowHard

                      I was thinking about getting this little beast, but the Piper's Hut link is dead. Any ideas where I can get one
                      Ron Teague

                      The Cheesy Piobaireachd Player

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                      • #12
                        Re: The BlowHard

                        Originally posted by Ron Teague View Post
                        I was thinking about getting this little beast, but the Piper's Hut link is dead. Any ideas where I can get one
                        https://www.thepipershut.com/Default.asp

                        Link works for me. Just received four new chanter reeds from them, so still in business.

                        Cheers -

                        Wes

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                        • #13
                          Re: The BlowHard

                          quite so, their overall link works but they are not displaying the BlowHard link any longer and a site search yields nothing. Sooo, who else carries it?
                          Ron Teague

                          The Cheesy Piobaireachd Player

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                          • #14
                            Re: The BlowHard

                            Or you could make something like this, which costs less than the Blowhard & has more uses:

                            Purchase 6" of vinyl tubing, with 1/2" outside diameter / 3/8" inside diameter.

                            Then buy a 3/8-Inch X 3/8-Inch Fl Brass Straight or 90 Needle Valve:

                            https://www.amazon.com/LASCO-17-1631.../dp/B008E5C7NG

                            Cut off two pieces of tubing, one 1 3/4" an inch long and another a bit shorter. You can taylor the lengths to your preference. Thread them on each side of the needle valve. Place one end on the mouth piece of your chanter, and blow through the other. You can adjust the pressure by opening & closing the valve. You can make any practice chanter as hard to blow as the hardest set of pipes.

                            I'm in the process of setting up a goose that uses two needle valves;
                            One in a rubber stopper that has a hole in it, that goes in a drone stock. Opening & closing this will simulate the air loss of the drone reeds.
                            One in the chanter stock, that regulates pressure to the practice chanter reed.

                            The hope is that I can reproduce the pressure required to simulate the amount used on a full set of pipes.

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