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by outofthebox
Fri Oct 16, 2015 5:21 am
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: Bass regulator - to fold or not to fold....
Replies: 8
Views: 3154

Re: Bass regulator - to fold or not to fold....

I have fitted my bag to the stock so that the straight bass regulator is out of the way under my left arm. The only other piper I have seen playing with this 'underarm' setup was Eugene Lambe on a youtube video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9YMVB8Wp8M But if making a new full set, then the folde...
by outofthebox
Wed Oct 07, 2015 5:35 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Key Axle Pins
Replies: 10
Views: 4803

Re: Key Axle Pins

The brass axle pin on my chanter key measures 1.6mm in the middle.
by outofthebox
Wed Oct 07, 2015 5:29 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Spring Force
Replies: 9
Views: 5252

Re: Spring Force

Are you thinking of flat springs or the wound wire coil type?
by outofthebox
Tue Oct 06, 2015 5:25 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Spring Force
Replies: 9
Views: 5252

Re: Spring Force

The important thing with the key springs is that they return the key to its stop position quickly and efficiently. Not a lot of spring force is required. But it is important to ensure that the key is moving freely on the pivot (lubricate) and that the sides of the key are not in contact with the woo...
by outofthebox
Tue Oct 06, 2015 5:18 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Key Axle Pins
Replies: 10
Views: 4803

Re: Key Axle Pins

I think it would be wise to use stainless steel for these pins. It might be possible to find stainless steel sowing needles that are just the right thickness. Plain or galvanised steel nails will tend to rust quite quickly. My set has brass keys fixed with tapered brass pins. These have been fine - ...
by outofthebox
Tue Dec 30, 2014 7:02 am
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: Uilleann Pipers World Map
Replies: 3
Views: 2947

Re: Uilleann Pipers World Map

That's useful Jeff - it might help beginners track down another piper in their vicinity.
by outofthebox
Mon Dec 08, 2014 6:34 am
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: Help with my Christmas list
Replies: 2
Views: 2369

Re: Help with my Christmas list

The Eighteen Maloney by David Power - if you like the old, low pitched solo piping sound 8).
by outofthebox
Mon Nov 10, 2014 7:28 am
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: Yet another "help me get started" thread
Replies: 5
Views: 4562

Re: Yet another "help me get started" thread

I'm not really convinced about the desirability of keys on chanters - apart from for cosmetic reasons. I think that they can cause more problems than they solve - keypads, weak springs can cause leaks and that can have a bad effect on the overall control of the chanter. Also the way these keyed note...
by outofthebox
Thu Oct 30, 2014 7:19 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Reed Measurements for D Bass Regulator
Replies: 7
Views: 6389

Re: Reed Measurements for D Bass Regulator

I have used 5mm od copper tubing for my chanter reeds and this tubing has an internal diameter close to 3.5mm. I obtained a 1 metre length of this tubing from ebay.
by outofthebox
Wed Oct 29, 2014 7:18 am
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: Upload your tunes!
Replies: 210
Views: 136169

Re: Upload your tunes!

Good work Matt 8) . Always interesting to hear the pipes finding a place in different areas of musical expression.
by outofthebox
Mon Oct 06, 2014 4:55 am
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: pictures of your pipes
Replies: 261
Views: 146603

Re: pictures of your pipes

I agree - the sustainable forestry project, on the face of it, looks like a good one - if instrument makers are prepared to use it to source their hardwood and the chain of supply can be properly certified all the way along the line. I take it you are sourcing all of your hardwoods from this project...
by outofthebox
Sat Oct 04, 2014 6:22 am
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: pictures of your pipes
Replies: 261
Views: 146603

Re: pictures of your pipes

Yes - beautiful work Mr Quinn 8). I see that you will no longer be using ebony. I think that all instrument makers should be thinking in terms of alternatives to tropical hardwoods. I've suggested ornamental figured ebonite as a suitable alternative - I'm wondering if it's something you would consid...
by outofthebox
Wed Sep 17, 2014 5:01 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Tying-in stocks
Replies: 28
Views: 14242

Re: Tying-in stocks

That's why I recommend the 'lips' test. It's easy to do and gives an instant result. Just a gentle squeeze of the fully inflated bag is required, so no risk of damaging the seams.
by outofthebox
Tue Sep 16, 2014 7:28 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Tying-in stocks
Replies: 28
Views: 14242

Re: Tying-in stocks

This topic has been aired :wink: - in the spirit, I trust, of open discussion of the issues.
by outofthebox
Tue Sep 16, 2014 6:25 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Tying-in stocks
Replies: 28
Views: 14242

Re: Tying-in stocks

The only thing I would add is that a bag may not feel that it is leaking air, but when you actually put it to the test it isn't completely airtight. This applies to all forms of tying-in. As I have suggested - a good way to test this out is to fit stoppers in the drone and chanter stocks and fill th...