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by learnthegrip
Tue May 20, 2014 9:14 am
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: Re-hemp job?
Replies: 8
Views: 5219

Re: Re-hemp job?

Somehow I'm not surprised, Geoff, that you've thoroughly thought out and found a solution to this issue. My pipes are from the 1970s and have many of the problems that you and other makers have since learned from.
by learnthegrip
Fri Mar 14, 2014 1:30 pm
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: Re-hemp job?
Replies: 8
Views: 5219

Re: Re-hemp job?

Here's some technique for you: Really any thread that has roughly the diameter of the ubiquitous yellow GHB 'hemp' will work. I prefer linen but you can make an argument for a number of fibers. The first few inches of the hemp is usually waxed somehow. Cobbler's wax is my favorite for this (see Ted ...
by learnthegrip
Fri Dec 21, 2012 9:03 pm
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: newbies start here - New to the uilleann pipes?
Replies: 181
Views: 137966

Re: newbies start here - New to the uilleann pipes?

Except for the thumbrest and the thickness of the chanter all of the problems that you mention sound to me like reed problems—as in reed not matched to the chanter or overscraped rather than needing adjustment. Any chanter by any maker can have a weak back 'd', a temperamental low 'g' and be difficu...
by learnthegrip
Tue Oct 16, 2012 1:50 pm
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: Bellows repair
Replies: 7
Views: 5180

Re: Bellows repair

Find the leak by smell—well not really smell, but your nostrils are very sensitive to air movement so if you cork up the exhaust, fill the bellows with air, and then squeeze while you pass the seams under your nose like you're trying to smell them, you can usually find the leak.
by learnthegrip
Mon Oct 15, 2012 11:08 pm
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: Bellows repair
Replies: 7
Views: 5180

Re: Bellows repair

I had really good luck with a product called Permatex Flowable Silicone Windshield & Glass Sealer. It's a low viscosity silicone cement that is supposed to wick into gaps in the windshield seal and fill them, and should be available at auto parts stores. I corked up both the intake and exhaust holes...
by learnthegrip
Sat Jul 16, 2011 1:07 pm
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: Struthán a' Chait–Willie Clancy
Replies: 2
Views: 1879

Struthán a' Chait–Willie Clancy

Pat Mitchell transcribed "Struthán a' Chait" for The Dance Music of Willie Clancy. Does anyone know where I could get a copy of the recording? Thanks.
Ken
by learnthegrip
Sun May 15, 2011 7:06 pm
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: New to Uillean Pipes: what about my muscles?
Replies: 8
Views: 3036

Re: New to Uillean Pipes: what about my muscles?

What part of your arm hurts? Is it an ache or a cramping feeling or something else? Does it bother you as soon as you start practicing, or does it take a bit of time? How long after you stop practicing before the arm feels normal again? Are you keeping good posture, with your neck aligned with your ...
by learnthegrip
Wed Jan 19, 2011 11:03 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Reed too stiff, too much pressure needed to play
Replies: 4
Views: 1839

Re: Reed too stiff, too much pressure needed to play

It might just need cleaning. Ted gives some instructions in this thread:

viewtopic.php?f=4&t=1581&start=0&hilit=cleaning+reed

I'd try that before attempting anything permanent.
by learnthegrip
Wed Jan 05, 2011 6:46 pm
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: FS: Reedmaking stuff (Edit - Sold)
Replies: 4
Views: 1749

Re: FS: Reedmaking stuff (Edit - Sold)

PJ wrote: I've started to use a different type of shooting board (based on what B Koehler uses in the Heart of the Instrument DVD). The standard shooting board with the gouge caused me to break too many tails.
Did you make the BK-style shooting board or is it available commercially?
by learnthegrip
Wed Nov 03, 2010 6:26 pm
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: Christmasy, pipe-friendly Irish Tunes?
Replies: 9
Views: 2841

Re: Christmasy, pipe-friendly Irish Tunes?

How 'bout Dia Do Bheatha? Actually sounds like a Christmas tune.
by learnthegrip
Sun Oct 31, 2010 7:31 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Klangfarbe
Replies: 6
Views: 2563

Re: Klangfarbe

Thanks for the replies. So it appears that the main factors affecting the tone color are cane hardness and, maybe, tension. I know also that a brass staple will give a reed that is a bit brighter than copper. Any other factors?
by learnthegrip
Sat Oct 23, 2010 9:47 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Klangfarbe
Replies: 6
Views: 2563

Klangfarbe

Klangfarbe (ger): tone color, timbre. I frequently hear that the tone color of a chanter is heavily influenced by the reed, but I've never seen any description of how this happens. What reed parameters specifically influence such things as bright or dark tone? Why do some reeds sound more 'reedy' th...
by learnthegrip
Tue Sep 28, 2010 5:01 am
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: Jerky Bellows
Replies: 11
Views: 3700

Re: Jerky Bellows

I had a similar problem with my DMQ bellows that turned out to be the blow pipe tubing kinking up. I replaced the 30 year-old rubber tube and all was well.
by learnthegrip
Sun Sep 26, 2010 6:00 pm
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Medir and Sampson cane
Replies: 36
Views: 11529

Re: Medir and Sampson cane

David Daye describes a "dunk test" for cane hardness: http://www.daye1.com/bagpage/reedbook/upch_ins.html
I have never used it, so I don't know about it's validity, but it is another posiblity.
by learnthegrip
Wed Sep 22, 2010 6:15 am
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: Hornpipes!!!
Replies: 16
Views: 4861

Re: Hornpipes!!!

Sruthán a' Chait
The Derry Hornpipe
The Groves