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by tcm
Wed May 11, 2016 4:58 am
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: starting a business
Replies: 3
Views: 3963

Re: starting a business

Pipe making isn't really a business you can just 'start' it isn't just a question of getting the right tools and materials and off you go - you have to be able to make pipes and the fact that you are asking about tools and machinery suggests you haven't yet begun. I would suggest you start by learni...
by tcm
Thu Oct 04, 2012 10:11 am
Forum: Pipes for Sale
Topic: For sale, Brad Angus flat set.
Replies: 6
Views: 2851

Re: For sale, Brad Angus flat set.

auspaddy wrote:Hi, any news on the pitch?
Err - if you read the post it says 'in the key of B'
by tcm
Tue Jan 31, 2012 10:16 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: A three part chanter?
Replies: 12
Views: 7769

Re: A three part chanter?

The technical dfficulties of fitting a joint on a relatively small instrument would probably be more than that of drilling/ reaming it in one piece (which actually isn't that difficult once you have the tooling sorted out.). It would also add another source of future maintenance issues with the poss...
by tcm
Sat Jan 14, 2012 10:12 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: reed seats
Replies: 2
Views: 1838

Re: reed seats

The mouthpiece of a brass instrument like a trumpet is where the sound is actually initiated so in uilleann pipe terms is more comparable to the heart of the reed rather than the reed seat. The design of reed seat may affect tuning but I doubt whether it would affect tone.
by tcm
Fri Nov 26, 2010 6:35 am
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: Galloway or Faden?
Replies: 16
Views: 6495

Re: Galloway or Faden?

] But I think there is plenty of space for both approaches to pipe-making I entirely agree. I would use traditional methods when making a copy of an old instrument or a possibly a really top end sterling silver concert pitch set but can't see the point in slavishly following 19th century methods whe...
by tcm
Fri Nov 26, 2010 5:34 am
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: Galloway or Faden?
Replies: 16
Views: 6495

Re: Galloway or Faden?

The argument over drone construction methods tends to be a little one sided. There are quite a few fairly vocal supporters of the 'traditional' rolled ferrule method but there are several well respected makers who use either extruded tube over wood or make sliders entirely from tube - they just don'...
by tcm
Tue Apr 27, 2010 10:41 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Springs
Replies: 16
Views: 5099

Re: Springs

Some use phosphor bronze springs from mainstream woodwind instruments. For real positive springing stainless steel coil springs work best but aren't 'traditional ' enough for some peoples tastes (but you can't see tham if they are hidden in the key block)
by tcm
Sun Mar 22, 2009 5:39 am
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: Qualities needed for pipemaking
Replies: 26
Views: 9379

Re: Qualities needed for pipemaking

billh's post probably says it all . Most pipe makers are fairly skillful 'intellectually curious' people who can acquire knowledge and work a lot of things out for themselves, this is what makes the 'apprentice' approach difficult - if you need to be taught everything then you probably don't have wh...