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by outofthebox8
Mon Sep 10, 2018 10:01 am
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: Getting ino the craft of Pipemaking
Replies: 2
Views: 274

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: 449

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: 449

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: 449

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: 449

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: 204

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: 331

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: 1025

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: 125071

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: 1025

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: 1933

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: 1589

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: 1070

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: 2091

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: 1428

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...