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by Hillmann
Fri Jul 02, 2010 6:54 pm
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: Things you wish you knew when you started playing
Replies: 41
Views: 11590

Re: Things you wish you knew when you started playing

1. Buy the best set of pipes money can buy. Period. 2. Get a copy of David Quinn's "The Piper's Despair." Start making and fidgeting with reeds right away. Don't depend on anyone else to decide how good you can sound. There is no better way to understand reeds than to learn adjust them from the outs...
by Hillmann
Sun Jun 20, 2010 7:11 am
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: New Member, Hey everybody!
Replies: 41
Views: 11377

Re: New Member, Hey everybody!

We are all there is, folks. If we are not the experts, then there are no experts. Like it or not, at the moment, 10 - 20K is the going rate for a really great set of pipes, old or new. New will usually be more functional. Old will always be more rare. Same as it ever was. I sold an old set for 16k t...
by Hillmann
Sat Jun 05, 2010 7:57 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Bag Replacement Project
Replies: 16
Views: 6795

Re: Bag Replacement Project

Yes, I presumed you were playing a right handed set. I did not suggest that your bag was not under your left elbow, I suggested that you might be powering the reeds with your right. the increased air pressure developed within the walls of the bag when fully inflated means that I have less work to do...
by Hillmann
Fri Jun 04, 2010 1:50 pm
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Bag Replacement Project
Replies: 16
Views: 6795

Re: Bag Replacement Project

the increased air pressure developed within the walls of the bag when fully inflated means that I have less work to do with my left elbow I would strongly advise against powering the reeds with the right elbow and bag. Ultimately, the right elbow's function is impeded somewhat by its inescapable co...
by Hillmann
Fri Jun 04, 2010 7:15 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Bag Replacement Project
Replies: 16
Views: 6795

Re: Bag Replacement Project

I don't wish to belittle your effort, outofthebox, that looks like a very good project and I'm glad you found it enjoyable. But at the risk of sounding like an a$$hole, I'd like to point out a few things. An elastic stretchy bag is not what I would like. If I squeeze harder on a bag, I want the air ...
by Hillmann
Sat May 15, 2010 1:59 pm
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Gun Drilling
Replies: 10
Views: 11065

Re: Gun Drilling

I used the fine feed tumbler on the Super 7, and although I don't have the lathe anymore, I remember thinking that this was plenty slow enough, and it allowed me to monitor the shaft of the gundrill with my fingertips while the carriage did the work. My feeling at the time was that the lead screw wa...
by Hillmann
Thu May 13, 2010 6:37 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Gun Drilling
Replies: 10
Views: 11065

Re: Gun Drilling

Here is a pic of my old gundrilling arrangement on the Myford Super7. The holder was a cast iron gizmo I made which indexes against the cross slide and carriage for ease in setting up at center. It allowed the holder to be run back and out of the way of the tailstock for initial center/twist drillin...
by Hillmann
Thu Mar 25, 2010 7:12 pm
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: Why B?
Replies: 27
Views: 9224

Re: Why B?

"There is also the niggling fact that at least here in the US we are surrounded by the 60 cycle hum of modern life, i.e. a constant B drone." Nearly so. Although to be quite picayune, in an idealized 12 tone equal temperment scale, B1 has a frequency of 61.7354Hz, and Bb1 is found at 58.2705Hz. (or ...