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by outofthebox8
Mon Aug 14, 2017 4:52 am
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: Finger G# on D Chanter?
Replies: 3
Views: 345

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: 312

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: 395

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: 1177

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: 390

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: 721

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: 721

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: 721

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: 592

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: 721

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: 1177

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...
by outofthebox8
Sat Dec 03, 2016 6:09 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Bass Regulator Reeds
Replies: 6
Views: 1177

Re: Bass Regulator Reeds

Thanks for the advice - I'll keep trying. Indeed the cane I was using was a bit hard - maybe just too hard to work with the bass regulator. I'll try again with a softer tube - and scrape it down further towards the back. If that doesn't work I might have to try a plastic reed :( .
by outofthebox8
Thu Dec 01, 2016 11:10 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Bass Regulator Reeds
Replies: 6
Views: 1177

Re: Bass Regulator Reeds

My drone reeds are ok. I make the traditional kind but from phragmites river reeds. I've even got the baritone drone going at F# to give me a tonic and third drone sound which I really like - all three coming in at low pressure and low volume. But I'd like to get that bass regulator going if I can -...
by outofthebox8
Thu Dec 01, 2016 6:54 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Bass Regulator Reeds
Replies: 6
Views: 1177

Bass Regulator Reeds

I've got my own reeds working in my full set now - all except for the bass regulator. I've had a couple of attempts, but it seems that this one needs something different from the other regulators. At first I thought if I thinned down the lips as I did with the baritone regulator, then I could get ba...
by outofthebox8
Wed Nov 30, 2016 6:40 am
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: pictures of your pipes
Replies: 261
Views: 145869

Re: pictures of your pipes

Thanks - that Gidgee wood gives the chanter sound a nice edge. I'd also like to hear how the tone would come across on a B or Bb chanter.