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by outofthebox8
Wed Feb 13, 2019 11:17 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: first gouge... just checking(for concert reeds)
Replies: 11
Views: 180

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: 180

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: 196

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: 1486

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: 1756

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: 1756

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: 1756

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: 1756

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: 1613

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: 1683

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: 1838

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: 180
Views: 136202

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.
by outofthebox8
Tue Jan 02, 2018 5:42 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Bellows
Replies: 2
Views: 1838

Bellows

I got a brand new bellows a few weeks ago and an issue arose in relation to the air inlet valve. The bellows was perfectly airtight, but I found that the inlet valve was a little too tight and efficient. This meant that the bellows wasn't drawing in air as quickly as I could on my old bellows. So I ...
by outofthebox8
Mon Aug 14, 2017 4:52 am
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: Finger G# on D Chanter?
Replies: 3
Views: 2952

Re: Finger G# on D Chanter?

I would say try the same half-holing thing with the third finger of left hand as in the first octave. But much more difficult in the second octave because of pressure control issues. What you will get is a subdued flattened A - a bit like a bent note on a harmonica. But as a passing note ornament it...
by outofthebox8
Thu Jul 06, 2017 4:43 am
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: Uilleann Teachers in London, UK
Replies: 3
Views: 2585

Re: Uilleann Teachers in London, UK

A good place to start might be the Irish Centre in Camden, as it does promote Irish culture in London and should have links with Irish musicians and so might be able to link you up with some pipers.