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by David Stephenson
Mon Dec 28, 2009 9:08 am
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: The future of the uilleann pipes?
Replies: 50
Views: 9904

Re: The future of the uilleann pipes?

LiamO'Flynn wrote:Alright so Christmas is over so can we resume the hostilities now,and just for the record I never started the trouble,that was Davy. Sometimes the truth is hard to take ,but in the end it will set you free.

Liam
I hold up my hand, and a figure of fig for thee then, good luck in your endeavours.
by David Stephenson
Thu Dec 24, 2009 2:19 pm
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: NARROW bore Regulators in Concert sets ??
Replies: 4
Views: 1737

Re: NARROW bore Regulators in Concert sets ??

It's quite common - I would venture to say 'standard practice' among pipemakers of the past - to find regulator bores that are overall slightly smaller than the chanter bore. In most cases this appears to have been a case of the same tools being inserted slightly less deeply into the bore. In the c...
by David Stephenson
Thu Dec 24, 2009 12:11 pm
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Sanding jig, What to use?
Replies: 6
Views: 1740

Re: Sanding jig, What to use?

Do you pickle the metal after a heat operation? That is soak it in some sort of weak acid solution for maybe half an hour. Even vinegar seems to work, as does weak muratic acid. That seems to really help clean up the metal. Hi Hp Yes I use a 20% mix of sulphuric or battery acid will do, pickle for ...
by David Stephenson
Thu Dec 24, 2009 6:20 am
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: The future of the uilleann pipes?
Replies: 50
Views: 9904

Re: The future of the uilleann pipes?

outofthebox reserves the right to raise the awkward questions that others may prefer to avoid. 8) Yes fair play to ya,I've been wondering if sticking a bit of tube on the end of my chanter would make it play in a different key for years. Hey Davy ,I know you've been going on about pipemaking sharin...
by David Stephenson
Thu Dec 24, 2009 6:14 am
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: The future of the uilleann pipes?
Replies: 50
Views: 9904

Re: The future of the uilleann pipes?

outofthebox reserves the right to raise the awkward questions that others may prefer to avoid. 8) Yes fair play to ya,I've been wondering if sticking a bit of tube on the end of my chanter would make it play in a different key for years. Liam Being a plumber you should have a few spare off cuts lyi...
by David Stephenson
Sun Dec 20, 2009 6:26 pm
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: The future of the uilleann pipes?
Replies: 50
Views: 9904

Re: The future of the uilleann pipes?

[/quote]I respect your opinion.[/quote] Thanks Davy ,thats the nicest thing anyones ever said to me. It seems to me that outofthebox is either a frustrated piper or pipemaker or maybe both,instead of getting on with it like every other piper he is stuck in a rut of his own inadequaties and making a ...
by David Stephenson
Sun Dec 20, 2009 1:23 pm
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: The future of the uilleann pipes?
Replies: 50
Views: 9904

Re: The future of the uilleann pipes?

LiamO'Flynn wrote:Hey Davy, give it a rest with the hunter chanter thing, they're not that good, really .

Liam
I respect your opinion.
by David Stephenson
Sat Dec 19, 2009 6:07 pm
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Sanding jig, What to use?
Replies: 6
Views: 1740

Re: Sanding jig, What to use?

Take the bends/turns and place two rods inside the ends of the tube and then you can secure the rods into a vice, this holds things nice and firm so you can use a 12" strip of fine emery or sandpaper to remove the crazing on the outside of the tube where it has been stretched, use a see-saw action t...
by David Stephenson
Sat Dec 19, 2009 10:24 am
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: The future of the uilleann pipes?
Replies: 50
Views: 9904

Re: The future of the uilleann pipes?

If there was one paticular concert D chanter which has been used as a basis or standardisation more than any others over the last 5 years or so, it is the style of the Hunter chanter, and many other makers wares I have examined are a very close resemblance also. My students have taken this design an...
by David Stephenson
Tue Sep 29, 2009 1:09 pm
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Hollow Mainstock: Question for Bill H.
Replies: 13
Views: 3962

Re: Hollow Mainstock: Question for Bill H.

To revove the material from the drone stock I use a forstner cutter and plunge using my large pillar drill, do it in several strokes and clean the rest out with a small scribing chisel. You must make sure that the stock blak is square at the ends, or the cutter will try to jump sideways, if you have...
by David Stephenson
Mon Sep 28, 2009 4:30 pm
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Drone bore ratio's
Replies: 10
Views: 10832

Re: Drone bore ratio's

I don't think there is a proper answer to this question, there is no need to do it this way because the drone reed will have a different pressure and sound once the two half's are placed back together, Any given sound also depends upon what material and style of reed you are making, for instance and...
by David Stephenson
Mon Sep 28, 2009 3:26 pm
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Hollow Mainstock: Question for Bill H.
Replies: 13
Views: 3962

Re: Hollow Mainstock: Question for Bill H.

You can also save much time and effort if you make a semi hollow stock for the regulator reeds only, leaving the drone reeds solid so there is no need for extra tubing and valving apparatus, If its extra lightness you are seeking, don't use a heavy timber or plastic, use a good quality hardwood like...
by David Stephenson
Sat Sep 26, 2009 4:49 pm
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Getting a hollow grind on in-channel gouges?
Replies: 4
Views: 2084

Re: Getting a hollow grind on in-channel gouges?

All modern scribe gouges bear no resemblence to the Victoria made models, there are many patern makers tools from the 50's and 60's that are pretty good, but he older vintage tools are really Ferrari like compared to the fords of today, the new Ashley Isles are more like a carving tool and can be ve...
by David Stephenson
Sat Sep 26, 2009 4:26 pm
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Hollow Mainstock: Question for Bill H.
Replies: 13
Views: 3962

Re: Hollow Mainstock: Question for Bill H.

One of the very best timbers I have seen used on many old sets is that of Laburnum, when seasoned properly this is actually stronger than oak, it has a really fine grain pattern similar to box and holly and was used for many diferent items such as bench stop dogs due to its tensile strength and the ...
by David Stephenson
Sat Sep 26, 2009 2:01 pm
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Getting a hollow grind on in-channel gouges?
Replies: 4
Views: 2084

Re: Getting a hollow grind on in-channel gouges?

You must first keep the back edge flat, sharpening it from across the width not linear, then use a rounded stone which closely matches the scribe, the traditional joiners scribe or sometimes called in-canal did not have a hollow edge it sported a flat cutting ramped edged. To get the most superior e...