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by MichaelLoos
Sun Jul 21, 2013 4:49 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: My chanter playing in C# please help
Replies: 8
Views: 8485

Re: My chanter playing in C# please help

My guess is that the taper is too shallow - for a CP chanter, a taper between 1:40 and 1 : 45 is typical. However, this alone would probably not make half a tone difference in pitch. What design is your chanter based on, and what is the diameter of the chanter throat? Also, have you tried both cylin...
by MichaelLoos
Thu Nov 08, 2012 7:08 am
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: A Poverty of Pipers - Photo Gallery
Replies: 23
Views: 15745

Re: A Poverty of Pipers - Photo Gallery

My guess would be, both of you are right - pastoral pipes with double chanter.
by MichaelLoos
Wed Sep 26, 2012 11:28 pm
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: Sheet Music for the pipes??
Replies: 7
Views: 5676

Re: Sheet Music for the pipes??

There is a fabulous thing called "google". After only typing "I buried my wife" the second proposal was "I buried my wife and danced on the grave sheet music", which then leads to sites like thesession.org, abcnotation.com and others. I doubt any other type of music is so easy to find in the web (fo...
by MichaelLoos
Tue Jun 05, 2012 1:22 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Low F# on a B set?
Replies: 24
Views: 9302

Re: Low F# on a B set?

Translated into common UP terminology, you mean D baritone and tenor, and two "sub-bari and sub-tenor" A drones in a little common stock which plugs into the bass drone socket, and a stop key system which allows you to play either the D drones or the A drones at a time, do I understand you right? Pr...
by MichaelLoos
Tue Apr 24, 2012 2:45 am
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: Uilleann Pipes wood, mounts, and tone
Replies: 23
Views: 16591

Re: Uilleann Pipes wood, mounts, and tone

The specific gravity of myrtle according to your list is drastically higher than in the source I found, in fact from my own (and not only my own) experience I found that approx. 0.70 - 0.80 seems to be the point which determines the suitability for woodwind instruments (in general, NOT speaking abou...
by MichaelLoos
Mon Apr 23, 2012 6:54 am
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: Uilleann Pipes wood, mounts, and tone
Replies: 23
Views: 16591

Re: Uilleann Pipes wood, mounts, and tone

From notablewoods.com: "Myrtle is a medium-density hardwood. It has an average specific gravity of .55, oven dry--about like walnut... The pores are open and may require filling when finishing the wood." Doesn't sound good - the density is only half of that of ebony or blackwood, and open pores are ...
by MichaelLoos
Wed Mar 14, 2012 3:27 pm
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: Bag neck length ??? (newbie)
Replies: 29
Views: 10686

Re: Bag neck length ??? (newbie)

... especially because "Geoffrey" is most certainly not the maker's real name!
Is there a politically correct word for things that come from "the-country-northwest-of-India"?
by MichaelLoos
Fri Mar 09, 2012 5:54 pm
Forum: Other Types of Bagpipes
Topic: Bagpipe Cyber Rock! (Folk / Medieval / Goth)
Replies: 3
Views: 4597

Re: Bagpipe Cyber Rock! (Folk / Medieval / Goth)

It should be noted that the first tune in the video is macedonian (although not played properly), the second one is from Albania.
Both these tunes (in these incorrect versions) are pretty much standard repertoire among "medieval" bands in Germany.
by MichaelLoos
Fri Mar 09, 2012 2:35 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Making overscraped reeds harder again?
Replies: 2
Views: 2032

Re: Making overscraped reeds harder again?

Tried it myself with different types of glue and fluid plastic, with no luck. I am quite sure, however, that it can be done, provided you find the right stuff for the job, something that penetrates the cane surface (in terms of micrometers), bonds well and shows similar properties in vibration. Let ...
by MichaelLoos
Thu Jan 05, 2012 12:55 pm
Forum: Other Types of Bagpipes
Topic: Asturian Bagpipe reeds maker
Replies: 2
Views: 4063

Re: Asturian Bagpipe reeds maker

I can confirm that Raul's reeds are of the finest quality.
Apart from that, doing business with him has been a pleasure!
by MichaelLoos
Sat Dec 10, 2011 5:51 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Pipemaking youtube
Replies: 4
Views: 2640

Re: Pipemaking youtube

Of course you are right - but Markus has been making pipes for well over 20 years now and, as far as I know, has never injured himself...
by MichaelLoos
Tue Nov 29, 2011 5:57 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: what chanter to copy?
Replies: 6
Views: 3070

Re: what chanter to copy?

Availability - it was the only one I had at that time...
by MichaelLoos
Sat Nov 05, 2011 9:06 am
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: Leon Rowsome pipes
Replies: 4
Views: 2914

Re: Leon Rowsome pipes

If Leo Rowsome's widow donated these, they are likely to be Leo's work rather than Leon's.
I have so far only seen one set of Leon Rowsome's pipes, the style was very much the same as Leo's work, the craftsmanship however appeared to be inferior, everything seemed a bit sloppy made.
by MichaelLoos
Mon Jul 18, 2011 2:52 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Drill Bits for Drone Boring
Replies: 3
Views: 2765

Re: Drill Bits for Drone Boring

You can use either D-bit, or gundrills. Gundrills work very fast, but are quite expensive, whereas you can easily make your own D-bits from silver steel rod of the appropriate diameter. You have to bore with one long bit. D-bits and gundrills are self-centering, so you will only have minimal runout ...
by MichaelLoos
Fri Jul 01, 2011 11:33 pm
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: Painting mounts?
Replies: 3
Views: 2014

Re: Painting mounts?

It won't affect the sound, but most probably it won't look great. Why not get white mounts made and exchange them?