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by seamusg
Tue May 24, 2016 3:57 am
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: Weak Back D
Replies: 8
Views: 4465

Re: Weak Back D

Agreed. Yes, I wish getting a perfect reed was as easy as buying guitar strings!
by seamusg
Mon May 16, 2016 6:43 am
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: Weak Back D
Replies: 8
Views: 4465

Re: Weak Back D

Thanks for the advice, - I meant to ask if pencil would be a problem.
The reed adjustment is definitely an improvement but overall I am not sure the chanter now sounds as sweet as it did before the radical bridle amendment.
by seamusg
Fri May 06, 2016 3:18 am
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: Weak Back D
Replies: 8
Views: 4465

Re: Weak Back D

I seem to have 'got lucky' - in my desperation I squeezed both sides of the bridle with pliers and raised the bridle to a new high level - the result is that my back D is stable AND I can still reach the 2nd octave. I hope it lasts!. Just posting this in case it helps others.
by seamusg
Thu May 05, 2016 8:13 am
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: Weak Back D
Replies: 8
Views: 4465

Re: Weak Back D

Thanks Mike,

It has been an issue from day one (several months ago) but has definitely become worse. I had already tried the wax idea - without any improvement, and I will also try your second suggestion - thanks again.
by seamusg
Thu May 05, 2016 5:38 am
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: Weak Back D
Replies: 8
Views: 4465

Weak Back D

Hello, My Back D is very weak and chokes/rasps with the normal type of air pressure I apply on the second octave. I appreciate it is a balancing act but if I raise the bridle to the level where the back D stabilises then the 2nd octave becomes almost unreachable so I am solving 1 problem and introdu...
by seamusg
Thu Nov 15, 2012 7:19 am
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: Squeaky Bottom D
Replies: 6
Views: 5167

Re: Squeaky Bottom D

Thanks everyone for your suggestions.
by seamusg
Thu Nov 08, 2012 9:56 am
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: Squeaky Bottom D
Replies: 6
Views: 5167

Re: Squeaky Bottom D

Yes I am fairly sure I am, - though it is often hard to check "real time". I often go from E to bottom D and the E goes very easily (too easily) into the 2nd octave, - I wonder does this cause it - that it is trying to come down from 2nd to first octave? If that is the case any ideas what I should t...
by seamusg
Thu Nov 08, 2012 7:57 am
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: Squeaky Bottom D
Replies: 6
Views: 5167

Squeaky Bottom D

Hello everyone, I am a beginner and have had access to two chanters - the first one of which lost tune on the back D - but had a perfect Bottom D, and the second which is great on every level except that the Bottom D squeaks and gasps (as if not enough air is getting through to it). Is this likely t...
by seamusg
Tue Jul 10, 2012 6:42 am
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: 2nd octave problem
Replies: 23
Views: 9619

Re: 2nd octave problem

Thanks Mairtín - got your message and sent you a reply. All the best!
by seamusg
Tue Jul 03, 2012 6:08 am
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: Twist in bag neck
Replies: 5
Views: 3561

Re: Twist in bag neck

Thanks,- it is just that when it is as tight as it is now due to the short hose this leaves the bag very tight to my body and the bag neck then automatically "kinks" when I put the chanter into playing position because of this tightness. I am presuming a kink in the bag is not a good thing so just w...
by seamusg
Mon Jul 02, 2012 4:32 am
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: Twist in bag neck
Replies: 5
Views: 3561

Re: Twist in bag neck

Thanks for the good advice.
by seamusg
Mon Jul 02, 2012 4:07 am
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: Twist in bag neck
Replies: 5
Views: 3561

Twist in bag neck

Dear forum, I have a good practice set on loan but the bellows-to-bag connector pipe is very short, with the result that the bag is very tight to my body and there is a permanent twist in the bag just where the bottom of the bag neck meets the main part of the bag. (Hope I am explaining this ok). An...
by seamusg
Tue Jun 19, 2012 3:56 am
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: 2nd octave problem
Replies: 23
Views: 9619

Re: 2nd octave problem

Thanks Draighean - maybe there is a trade-off then. I noticed yesterday that if I bring more of my finger over the hole it is easier and smoother to hit the octave so maybe that has been the major problem - that I was using too much of the first finger joint and not the second? - I sure hope so.
by seamusg
Mon Jun 18, 2012 6:53 am
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: 2nd octave problem
Replies: 23
Views: 9619

Re: 2nd octave problem

I'm in Belfast, I know my right hand fingers will eventually find the bottom two holes but right now I am not convinced that I am getting them covered properly every time. I wish the chanter hole grooves were more defined and not as smooth as they are (as it is I can't feel them). Is this the norm f...
by seamusg
Tue Jun 12, 2012 4:34 am
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: 2nd octave problem
Replies: 23
Views: 9619

Re: 2nd octave problem

Sounds like a good tip, too. Thanks