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by outofthebox8
Wed Jun 13, 2018 4:18 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Thought Experiment
Replies: 0
Views: 127

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: 814

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: 119951

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: 814

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: 1323

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: 1018

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.
by outofthebox8
Tue Mar 21, 2017 7:14 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: flat copper wire for bridles on reeds
Replies: 1
Views: 866

Re: flat copper wire for bridles on reeds

Not me. I used to use copper sheet, but I am now using the gold coloured spring metal which I cut from my soup cans - the ones with the ring pull. I use the flat piece in the middle of the top or bottom of the the can. Very easy to cut with scissors and to work around the reed. And best of all at ze...
by outofthebox8
Mon Feb 06, 2017 9:13 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Bass Regulator Reeds
Replies: 6
Views: 1867

Re: Bass Regulator Reeds

Just an update on where I am currently with my bass regulator. I had been trying for a while to make a bass regulator reed from the tubes I have of Medir cane, which of course is pretty hard stuff. But with my last attempt I decided to do something different - and instead of thinning the blades way ...
by outofthebox8
Thu Feb 02, 2017 6:27 am
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: Upper Octave Fine (but only Legato)
Replies: 1
Views: 946

Re: Upper Octave Fine (but only Legato)

Congratulations are in order for being able to play in the upper octave. I can't help too much with the closed fingering. For me it's just a case of finding whatever works best for the chanter - or rather conforming my technique to how my chanter wants to play. A great deal depends on fine control o...
by outofthebox8
Wed Jan 11, 2017 7:18 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Some thoughts on the bass regulator
Replies: 6
Views: 1451

Re: Some thoughts on the bass regulator

There is nothing unusual with the build or airflow of my own set. It was built in accordance with a long-established design and works fine within those limits, just like many other such full sets. My thoughts are on bass regulators in general and specifically their air supply - and how it might be p...
by outofthebox8
Tue Jan 10, 2017 7:28 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Some thoughts on the bass regulator
Replies: 6
Views: 1451

Re: Some thoughts on the bass regulator

But even with the hollow stock design which you describe - where the bass regulator has it's own separate air feed tube within the stock, the back pressure from the bass regulator will still be an issue at the bag to stock outlet - the point being that this is the specific point where air pressure m...
by outofthebox8
Mon Jan 09, 2017 6:54 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Some thoughts on the bass regulator
Replies: 6
Views: 1451

Re: Some thoughts on the bass regulator

My set has a solid stock - which I do like for other reasons. But the air supply for the bass regulator branches off from the baritone regulator feed. Of course a certain amount of back pressure is to be expected, but I think that when they added the bass regulator into the mix, it wasn't the best p...
by outofthebox8
Thu Jan 05, 2017 5:58 am
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: Patrick Sky's "Budget" vs. David Daye Penny
Replies: 3
Views: 1350

Re: Patrick Sky's "Budget" vs. David Daye Penny

My advice for what it is worth would be to start off with just, bag, bellows and chanter. This is more than enough for a beginner to get to grips with. Never underestimate the complexities of this instrument 8). Baby steps is the best way to proceed - and if you stick at it long enough to get your b...
by outofthebox8
Mon Jan 02, 2017 6:47 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Some thoughts on the bass regulator
Replies: 6
Views: 1451

Some thoughts on the bass regulator

For the last month or so I've been focused in on the bass regulator as I struggle to make a good reed for it. But aside from the reed problems, I got to thinking about the air supply. It seems to me that there must have been some good reason for fitting the bass regulator so that it's air supply com...
by outofthebox8
Tue Dec 13, 2016 7:04 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Bass Regulator Reeds
Replies: 6
Views: 1867

Re: Bass Regulator Reeds

Well another failed attempt with a bass regulator reed - but I think I'm getting closer. The problem is kind of the reverse of how the chanter reed responds to pressure. The bass regulator reed always wants to jump the octave, but at low pressure. This means that if the pressure at the reed head isn...