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    Per the recent article in Bagpipe News, found here:

    https://bagpipe.news/2021/09/06/bobb...col-brown-ten/

    I'm very curious to know if anybody else has tried this. There is a bit of a misnomer in the article; Mr. Hussein using the term "dry ice" and then telling how his grandmothers servant used that same ice in his mouth for circular breathing in his reeded flute. Dry ice in the mouth sounds like a bad time. I would imagine he meant ice that hasn't begun melting.

    I'd be very curious to hear if anybody else has done anything like this for dry conditions. I live in Southern California and sometimes it gets so arid here that this technique could be beneficial. I've never tried it, but it seems like the linings of modern hybrid bags would kind of lend themselves to the inevitable "wetness" of melting ice.

    Thoughts?

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    Never dri-ice…especially putting in mouth or handling with bare skin.’it is minus (-) 109 degrees Fahrenheit. Exposure can result in terrible thermal injuries.
    you have to be careful with dri-ice as it sublimates (evaporates) to carbon dioxide. Suffocation hazard.
    Last edited by Toxpert; 09-13-2021, 01:03 PM.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by salmunmousavi View Post
      Per the recent article in Bagpipe News, found here:

      https://bagpipe.news/2021/09/06/bobb...col-brown-ten/

      I'm very curious to know if anybody else has tried this.

      I'd be very curious to hear if anybody else has done anything like this for dry conditions. I live in Southern California and sometimes it gets so arid here that this technique could be beneficial.

      Thoughts?
      I myself occasionally used 3-4 plain ol’ ice cubes in the leather bag ( back in the 70’s) on brutally hot days...especially before a solo competition. Likewise I did this for a few kid students in the ~ 2010’s... it worked as intended...adding some moisture into the (syn hybrid) bag to avoid a thin screaming chanter reed.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by el gaitero View Post

        I myself occasionally used 3-4 plain ol’ ice cubes in the leather bag ( back in the 70’s) on brutally hot days...especially before a solo competition. Likewise I did this for a few kid students in the ~ 2010’s... it worked as intended...adding some moisture into the (syn hybrid) bag to avoid a thin screaming chanter reed.
        We commonly did this in my grade 1 band back in the 1970s-1980s, putting 2 or 3 small ice cubes in our sheepskin bags just before competing when the temperature was in the high 80s or low 90s and the sun was beating down mercilessly. Usually, a non-playing band member would go around the band handing out pieces of ice from the water cooler.
        Ian
        http://www.thepipersden.net

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        • #5
          A few years ago at Pleasanton (not the 110+ year) we pulled our water traps and put a few ice cubes in the bag to help stabilise.
          You don't have fun by winning. You win by having fun.

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          • #6
            A damp handkerchief in a synthetic bag does the same thing. Or just a little water into a seasoned bag. Might find some helpful pointers here:http://www.schoolofpiping.com/articles/hot_weather.pdf
            www.schoolofpiping.com

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            • #7
              I dampen a piece of shamee. Drill holes in each end of a pill bottle. Put the shamee in the bottle and it’s good for a few hours.

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              • #8
                Next up...people will be wrapping their chanters in aluminum foil......

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by el gaitero View Post
                  Next up...people will be wrapping their chanters in aluminum foil......
                  Isn't that done so that rival bands can't send destructive microwaves to mess with your band's reeds? That's quite different from using ice cubes to increase the humidity in your bag.
                  Ian
                  http://www.thepipersden.net

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