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by outofthebox8
Sat Apr 27, 2019 3:47 am
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: Question about regulators
Replies: 3
Views: 789

Re: Question about regulators

'The term regulator was evidently borrowed from engineering where it denoted a device used to regulate the passage of air.' I would like to see the evidence for that. The word 'regulator' certainly did become established as an engineering term - especially associated with the development of steam e...
by outofthebox8
Thu Apr 11, 2019 4:52 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Adjusting Reed volume and ease of blowing
Replies: 3
Views: 484

Re: Adjusting Reed volume and ease of blowing

For adjusting reed volume there are a couple of things to try. First is just to close the aperture of the lips by squeezing the bridle a little. This brings the two blades a little closer, so should make them respond a little easier with less air pressure. If the lips are already close together, it ...
by outofthebox8
Thu Apr 04, 2019 4:57 am
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: Question about regulators
Replies: 3
Views: 789

Re: Question about regulators

Good question! In my opinion the word 'regulator' refers to the regulation of tempo - in that the keys are tapped with the wrist in accordance with the tempo of the tune being played. I agree that it is a strange choice of word, which leads me back to my other theory - that the Irish pipes may have ...
by outofthebox8
Wed Feb 13, 2019 11:17 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: first gouge... just checking(for concert reeds)
Replies: 11
Views: 1151

Re: first gouge... just checking(for concert reeds)

Sorby is one of the old Sheffield tool makers, so the steel in that chisel should be
of the highest quality.

https://www.robert-sorby.co.uk/media/wy ... ooklet.pdf
by outofthebox8
Thu Feb 07, 2019 7:39 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: first gouge... just checking(for concert reeds)
Replies: 11
Views: 1151

Re: first gouge... just checking(for concert reeds)

When I started reedmaking I remember that incannel gouges were very expensive. So what I did was get an inexpensive 'out-cannel' carving chisel off ebay and then I reground it to incannel. I also added an extension to the handle, as carving chisel handles are a bit too short for working on a shootin...
by outofthebox8
Tue Dec 18, 2018 8:33 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Softening the Response of a Hard Reed
Replies: 0
Views: 809

Softening the Response of a Hard Reed

The reed I made for my chanter was producing a nice clear tone, but didn't have the 'flex' that I was looking for. I found that I could get the cane to give a little more by applying a really tiny amount of water across both blades just above the bridle. This softened the cane fibres in just this ar...
by outofthebox8
Mon Sep 10, 2018 10:01 am
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: Getting ino the craft of Pipemaking
Replies: 2
Views: 2192

Re: Getting ino the craft of Pipemaking

I'd suggest that a good place to start would be to take a beginners' course in woodturning. Pipemakers aren't very common, but woodturning is a very popular hobby. Then if you find you have an aptitiude for this kind of work, you can progress from there - maybe there is a uilleann pipers club or ass...
by outofthebox8
Sun Sep 09, 2018 3:59 am
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: An Alternative Set
Replies: 7
Views: 2792

Re: An Alternative Set

I hope you will post some more with photos as you go along with this project. I'm not a pipemaker myself, but I would be interested in seeing how everything works out for you.
by outofthebox8
Sat Sep 08, 2018 3:39 am
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: An Alternative Set
Replies: 7
Views: 2792

Re: An Alternative Set

If you do go for a single regulator, that would allow you to fit oversize keys - say 1.5x the normal size of a teardrop key. I would do that if I was getting twin regulators as there would be room to space them a little wider on the stock. Any design alterations to make life easier would be my motto...
by outofthebox8
Thu Sep 06, 2018 4:55 am
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: An Alternative Set
Replies: 7
Views: 2792

Re: An Alternative Set

Two drones - the tenor and bass combination can sound very nice below the chanter. Also takes less air and less problematic in balancing the reeds. Another possibility if you don't want a long bass drone - is a tenor D and baritone F# drone combination. You could have this baritone drone also capabl...
by outofthebox8
Thu Aug 30, 2018 7:37 am
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: An Alternative Set
Replies: 7
Views: 2792

An Alternative Set

Here is an idea for an alternative, slimmed down set. A chanter. Two drones - bass and tenor. Twin baritone regulators. The regulators would have the usual 4 keys - but one of them (nearest the player's body) is made in such a way that the keys can stay open after they are touched - so that they wou...
by outofthebox8
Wed Aug 08, 2018 5:47 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Back D Revisited
Replies: 0
Views: 2227

Back D Revisited

This is my latest thinking on a cause for weak back D. Let's say we make a reed and thin the lips down until it is playing nice and sweet in the chanter - except that back D is weak and tending to sound flat. Naturally we might assume that we have thinned the lips down too much and by thickening the...
by outofthebox8
Wed Jun 13, 2018 4:18 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Thought Experiment
Replies: 0
Views: 2319

Thought Experiment

An interesting thought came into my head 8) . Why don't we play with the bellows on the left arm and the bag on the right - if the right arm is the arm with the best control? Of course a practice set could be made in this way - it would be like a left-handed set apart from the neck of the bag which ...
by outofthebox8
Sat Jun 02, 2018 3:50 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Bellows
Replies: 2
Views: 2260

Re: Bellows

Yes - the new bellows are working fine. I think the key was to have the inlet flap hanging a little open in the resting position. In this way, little or no effort is required from the player's elbow to open the bellows on the outward sweep. Of course the flap closes immediately at the start of the i...
by outofthebox8
Sat Apr 14, 2018 4:56 am
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: newbies start here - New to the uilleann pipes?
Replies: 181
Views: 146124

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

My best advice would be to try to find an uilleann piper in your area that may be able to help your son obtain a used practice set and help him get started.