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by dirk the piper
Mon Dec 02, 2013 7:39 pm
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Suggested cane size for David Williams D bass drone?
Replies: 0
Views: 3638

Suggested cane size for David Williams D bass drone?

I get to restore a 3/4 concert pitch set made by David Williams, and everything's going pretty well so far. However, I was a little surprised that the bass drone reeds that work for some other concert sets don't fit this set very well. Could someone who has experience with Williams drones please sha...
by dirk the piper
Tue Feb 19, 2013 8:20 pm
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Pipe Measuring Project
Replies: 17
Views: 13478

Re: Pipe Measuring Project

This is fantastic news! I expect it will set a new standard in publishing drawings and plans for the instrument. Can't wait to see them!
by dirk the piper
Sat Dec 31, 2011 11:35 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Polishing Scratches out of Brass
Replies: 14
Views: 6966

Re: Polishing Scratches out of Brass

Yes, thank you very much, David. I think I'll warm-up the wood turning skills by making one of those today. Happy Holidays to you David! And Happy Holidays to you as well, Bill and Harlow! By the way, I just found this assortment of abrasive paper for sale at a jewler supplier in the US, and thought...
by dirk the piper
Fri Dec 30, 2011 8:13 pm
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Polishing Scratches out of Brass
Replies: 14
Views: 6966

Re: Polishing Scratches out of Brass

I spent the last few minutes in the shop sanding the little pits out of one of my bass drone bends. The pits are a side-effect of the brass stretching when the tubes are bent. I am using a long, thin strip of sandpaper, pulling on both ends, the way a shoe polisher would buff a shoe. This task seems...
by dirk the piper
Fri Dec 30, 2011 2:07 pm
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Polishing Scratches out of Brass
Replies: 14
Views: 6966

Re: Polishing Scratches out of Brass

It is certainly possible to get a mirror-smooth finish in brass. First of all, sand in steps, as mentioned. If you want, you can sand on the lathe in steps down to 2000 grit: 150, 280, 400, 600, 800, 1200, 1500, and 2000. That gets you a pretty good polish. After that, a brass tumbler can do wonders...
by dirk the piper
Tue Jun 07, 2011 11:23 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: double-throw bellows, anyone?
Replies: 6
Views: 3166

Re: double-throw bellows, anyone?

I'm interested in seeing pictures, when you get them, Macwarner. At first, the pictures I had in my mind of such a bellows were rather ridiculous looking. Perhaps, I'll get around to jotting them down, just for a good laugh. However, there are a couple of versions that are starting to seem less Dr. ...
by dirk the piper
Mon May 30, 2011 12:05 pm
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: double-throw bellows, anyone?
Replies: 6
Views: 3166

double-throw bellows, anyone?

Double-throw, or double-acting bellows are capable of filling and expelling air at the same time on every push or pull - essentially with two distinct air reservoirs. A friend of mine was asking whether I had ever seen any examples of double-throw bellows that were made for bagpipes. I was stymied, ...
by dirk the piper
Tue Apr 12, 2011 1:07 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Spruce Reeds?
Replies: 10
Views: 6745

Re: Spruce Reeds?

Finally got a chance to make a spruce chanter reed that plays pretty well. Unfortunately, I can't seem to get a good third-octave D out of it on my own chanter. But, that's a problem I sometimes have with cane reeds, as well. Does anyone have ideas about how to fix that? Other than that, making a re...
by dirk the piper
Wed Mar 09, 2011 3:57 pm
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Is it possible...
Replies: 15
Views: 6045

Re: Is it possible...

Short answer: yes, it's possible to get a good tone in a dry climate. It happens regularly, and many traveling professional players have proven it. Longer answer: in Colorado, where the humidity has been seen as low as 12%, I have seen a handful of reeds that were made in wet climates play quite bea...
by dirk the piper
Sun Feb 13, 2011 5:16 pm
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Spruce Reeds?
Replies: 10
Views: 6745

Re: Spruce Reeds?

You know, breathing sawdust of any kind is not good for you. Why not get a small downdraft sanding table, or at least a dust mask? That way, you don't have to worry about whether the dust will kill you now or more slowly...

-Dirk
by dirk the piper
Fri Jan 21, 2011 1:59 pm
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Effect of chanter bell thickness on hard bottom D?
Replies: 13
Views: 5198

Re: Effect of chanter bell thickness on hard bottom D?

If you want to learn how bore changes inside the chanter can affect the bottom D, I suggest you try a couple of experiments. You can roll-up a small piece of paper into a short tube so that it fits against the inside wall of the chanter, and insert it into the bell, effectively making the bore a bit...
by dirk the piper
Thu Jan 20, 2011 11:25 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Spruce Reeds?
Replies: 10
Views: 6745

Re: Spruce Reeds?

Assuming you are talking about Andrew's. OT, but did you have success reeding that chanter? I had a hard time with it. Different reeds would bring out very different character, and I never think I got it to where I thought it should be. Hi Harlow, Andrew has very nice-playing spruce regulator reeds...
by dirk the piper
Fri Jan 07, 2011 12:19 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Spruce Reeds?
Replies: 10
Views: 6745

Spruce Reeds?

I'm embarking on a new line of experimentation - reeds made from spruce! Benedict Koehler wrote a good article on the topic a few years back, and I got to try a very nice B chanter specimen made by his partner, Mr. Quinn, so I am inspired to give it a go. Would folks with some experience on the topi...
by dirk the piper
Tue Dec 21, 2010 1:21 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: How Much Scalloping did Leo Rowsome do?
Replies: 18
Views: 13033

Re: How Much Scalloping did Leo Rowsome do?

MichaelLoos wrote: I am getting confused and have to ask about definitions: what do you mean by "chimney height"? I used to think this was the wall thickness at a certain fingerhole, but "back d chimney should be around 10.0 mm" makes me think I must be wrong. And what is this measurement: "at 262mm...
by dirk the piper
Mon Dec 20, 2010 4:22 pm
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: How Much Scalloping did Leo Rowsome do?
Replies: 18
Views: 13033

Re: How Much Scalloping did Leo Rowsome do?

According to the Fischer "Phrenology" article from 1999, the chanter was owned by J. H. at the time... From the article: " It is a boxwood chanter made in the 1930’s and previously belonged to Martin Talty of Milltown Malbay." So, anyone know J.H?
-Dirk