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by MickBauer
Fri Sep 12, 2014 9:01 am
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: Announcement: Uilleann Boot Camp at GNIPC Tionól
Replies: 2
Views: 3183

Re: Announcement: Uilleann Boot Camp at GNIPC Tionól

Exciting news! An anonymous donor has just paid for two (2) "Tionól scholarship" registrations, which will be awarded to the first two prospective GNIPC 2014 Tionól attendees who contact me with a plausible reason for being unable to pay their registration fees themselves. One scholarship is for a r...
by MickBauer
Wed Sep 10, 2014 9:07 pm
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: Announcement: Uilleann Boot Camp at GNIPC Tionól
Replies: 2
Views: 3183

Re: Announcement: Uilleann Boot Camp at GNIPC Tionól

I've updated the club website with details on the Uilleann Boot Camp, a new feature of the GNIPC 2014 Tionól. See for yourself, and register for the Tionól, at http://www.gnipc.org/tionol-main/tionol-2014 . To summarize the new information, there are two Boot Camp options: - "Boot Camp" Registration...
by MickBauer
Fri Sep 05, 2014 3:27 pm
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Tying-in stocks
Replies: 28
Views: 16417

Re: Tying-in stocks

When I re-tied-in the stocks on my C# set a couple of years ago I used ordinary leatherworker's Nyltex cord (paraffin-soaked nylon cord I believe), and tied the stocks in without any gaskets; rubber, leather or otherwise. The bag is made of gasket material -- leather -- so it seals around the stocks...
by MickBauer
Fri Sep 05, 2014 2:57 pm
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: Hi! Beginner with some questions...
Replies: 10
Views: 4605

Re: Hi! Beginner with some questions...

Sounds like you're on the right track! Back D can be a weak/problematic note -- even on an "otherwise perfect" reed, it may be necessary to use very light pressure for back D to sound properly. (Or more pressure than you expect. It can go either way.) Being able to adapt to per-note pressure-differe...
by MickBauer
Fri Sep 05, 2014 2:20 pm
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: Announcement: Uilleann Boot Camp at GNIPC Tionól
Replies: 2
Views: 3183

Announcement: Uilleann Boot Camp at GNIPC Tionól

For the very first time, the Great Northern Irish Pipers Club is pleased to offer an "Uilleann Pipe Boot Camp" as part of its 2014 Tionól (Sept. 27 & 28, in St. Paul, MN). This is targeted towards people who have never touched the pipes, or have a practice set in a closet somewhere that they never g...
by MickBauer
Tue Aug 12, 2014 5:23 pm
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Diameter of Ezeedrone tenor reed.
Replies: 5
Views: 5066

Re: Diameter of Ezeedrone tenor reed.

Glad to hear you're on track, Vance! I envy you, starting out with working drones right out of the gate. Some people warn against this, but I think that so long as you don't sacrifice too much precious practice-time futzing with them, drones add so much that you'll want to practice more. :-) Regards...
by MickBauer
Wed Jul 02, 2014 1:49 pm
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: C sharp chanter reed info
Replies: 3
Views: 4390

Re: C sharp chanter reed info

No problem! Yes, I think it's safe to assume he's talking about the "inside height" of the staple eye being 1.3-1.4 mm. If that figure included the thickness of the copper times two, you'd have an awfully teeny eye, no? I was about to to offer to measure the inner opening of one of my Haneman staple...
by MickBauer
Tue Jul 01, 2014 1:30 pm
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: C sharp chanter reed info
Replies: 3
Views: 4390

Re: C sharp chanter reed info

Hi, Tommy: To save Bill Haneman the trouble of quoting himself, here's what he's written about C# reeds on his website : For C# chanters I use a staple about 48mm in length, rolled from a piece of 0.5mm thick copper which forms a trapezoid 48-50mm long, and 11.3mm/12.3mm at the narrow and wide ends,...
by MickBauer
Thu Jun 12, 2014 1:44 pm
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Judging cane by its bark
Replies: 5
Views: 5017

Re: Judging cane by its bark

Thanks again for the feedback, Geoff! For what it's worth, on your advice I have been using a curved (scalpel-like) X-Acto blade for reed finishing ; lately I've only been using a straight blade for the initial, bulk removal of material. The next time I do a "full scrape," I'll just use the X-Acto. ...
by MickBauer
Thu Jun 05, 2014 9:36 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Judging cane by its bark
Replies: 5
Views: 5017

Re: Judging cane by its bark

Thanks, Bill! As it happens, out of the batch of five reeds I'm working on right now, my two "mottled-bark" reeds are turning out as good as or better than my three "pristine bark" reeds, black grain-lines and all. Some porous/brittle-looking grain right under the mottled bark turned out to be a thi...
by MickBauer
Thu May 29, 2014 2:58 pm
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Looking for wooden sanding block dia 40 & 41mm diameter
Replies: 3
Views: 4168

Re: Looking for wooden sanding block dia 40 & 41mm diameter

Ferg, are you implying that the curvature on the desired block is other than circular, e.g., elliptical instead? (With major axis = 41 mm and minor axis = 40 mm? Seems like that would be an awfully round ellipse though.) I'm pretty sure that uilleann sanding blocks are usually circular in cross sect...
by MickBauer
Thu May 29, 2014 2:31 pm
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Judging cane by its bark
Replies: 5
Views: 5017

Judging cane by its bark

Hi, all: Is it just me, or do chanter cane slips whose bark has dark brown mottling tend to be problematic? It seems that very frequently, when I scrape away bark with surface blemishes, the cane/pith underneath is some combination of blemished all the way through with black lines, dessicated (havin...
by MickBauer
Thu May 29, 2014 2:16 pm
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Purpose of tapered slider?
Replies: 9
Views: 5795

Re: Purpose of tapered slider?

Geoff, if I get to wait two months before asking a follow-up question, then you get to wait at least one day to reply to it without apology. ;-) In case anyone is wondering: yes, I'm tinkering with pipemaking, strictly for my own amusement (the journey is the destination, etc., etc.). (Reedmaking, o...
by MickBauer
Tue May 27, 2014 12:07 pm
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Purpose of tapered slider?
Replies: 9
Views: 5795

Re: Purpose of tapered slider?

...It is much easier to draw a new ferrule up the taper of a tapered mandrel by rubbing and burnishing... draw it up untill it is perfectly round and has reached the desired size. Thanks as always, Geoff, for your thorough and clear answer! One follow-up question: with the rubbing and burnishing, i...
by MickBauer
Fri May 09, 2014 12:24 pm
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Diameter of Ezeedrone tenor reed.
Replies: 5
Views: 5066

Re: Diameter of Ezeedrone tenor reed.

Yes, I've had the same problem. It taught me to never stick anything into any mainstock socket that doesn't have decent clearance all the way 'round. For reasons we needn't dwell on here ;-) , I ended up wrecking my tenor uilleann EZDrone and used a homebrew brass/cane composite reed instead, which ...