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McCallum Folk Pipes (blackwood drones) - Review & Play Test

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  • McCallum Folk Pipes (blackwood drones) - Review & Play Test

    I recently picked up a set of a set of McCallum Folk Pipes with blackwood drones, mounted in mopane/alloy. Haven't seen much discussion of them, so thought folks might find this interesting/useful. Great wee set of smallpipes and I'm loving the GHB-style drone position.

    LINK: https://youtu.be/35GzTHhGUi8

    Matt Willis Bagpiper
    YouTube Channel Winner of the 2020 The Big Rab Show Awards for Best Social Media!
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    Re: McCallum Folk Pipes (blackwood drones) - Review & Play Test

    Hey Matt! I saw your YouTube then found you here LOL. I'm looking at the Folk Pipes, but at least online, the Smallpipes sound better to me. I'm not sure if they are $400 better though. Are you happy with the Folk Pipes?

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      Re: McCallum Folk Pipes (blackwood drones) - Review & Play Test

      Which smallpipes do you speak? There are many! In any case, I am very happy with the Folk pipes by McCallum. That said, I do still play my twist-trap practice pipes too. They are quieter and more demanding of steady pressure (in a good way, we all be be steadier blowers).
      Matt Willis Bagpiper
      YouTube Channel Winner of the 2020 The Big Rab Show Awards for Best Social Media!
      Personal Website

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        Re: McCallum Folk Pipes (blackwood drones) - Review & Play Test

        Originally posted by Matt Willis Bagpiper View Post
        Which smallpipes do you speak? There are many! In any case, I am very happy with the Folk pipes by McCallum. That said, I do still play my twist-trap practice pipes too. They are quieter and more demanding of steady pressure (in a good way, we all be be steadier blowers).
        I am looking at the McCallum Folk pipes exactly like you reviewed. Thanks for the feedback.

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          Re: McCallum Folk Pipes (blackwood drones) - Review & Play Test

          Originally posted by Winch View Post
          I am looking at the McCallum Folk pipes exactly like you reviewed. Thanks for the feedback.
          I have the same pipes and the difference in sound between these and some of the small pipes is these have 2 tenor drones and 1 base and a lot of small pipes have 1 tenor (Key A), 1 baritone (Key E), and 1 base (Key A)

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            Re: McCallum Folk Pipes (blackwood drones) - Review & Play Test

            Originally posted by super8mm View Post
            I have the same pipes and the difference in sound between these and some of the small pipes is these have 2 tenor drones and 1 base and a lot of small pipes have 1 tenor (Key A), 1 baritone (Key E), and 1 base (Key A)
            Thanks for feedback!

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            • #7
              Based on Matt’s video, I ordered a set of the ABW Mccallum Folk Pipes. They are back ordered so no feedback yet.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Winch View Post
                Based on Matt’s video, I ordered a set of the ABW Mccallum Folk Pipes. They are back ordered so no feedback yet.
                They are great pipes, the one thing I didnt care for was the pipe bag cover, It is only a rear closure. I got 2 other zipper covers so you can get to the the pipe bag zipper and open it.

                Alasdair MacDonald on here at bagpipecovers.com has a pattern for this pipes so he can make a zipper bag cover. I got 2 of them LOL

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                • #9
                  Thanks for the heads up. On the zipper bag!!

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                  • #10
                    Does anyone have any ideas on how to make chanter volume louder on the McCallum Folk Pipes?

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                    • #11
                      Bore out the chanter a bit, make a stronger reed with a bigger staple, and move the holes around a bit so it's in tune is the technically correct, if unhelpful, answer. Without getting so excited, a stronger reed is about the only answer, and that will only do so much.
                      http://www.callingthetune.co.uk
                      -- Formerly known as CalumII

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