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by outofthebox
Fri May 23, 2014 8:02 am
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: "The Bright Lady" (Video)
Replies: 1
Views: 2666

Re: "The Bright Lady" (Slow Air) - Uilleann Pipes [Live]

Very nice playing - I enjoyed listening to your interpretation.
by outofthebox
Thu May 08, 2014 6:40 am
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: newbies start here - New to the uilleann pipes?
Replies: 181
Views: 153062

Re: newbies start here - New to the uilleann pipes?

I would suggest that you first take the stock off and make a gasket of leather or rubber to go around the fixing point. Then make sure you have a good overlap so that the leather of your bag fully meets the gasket on your stock. You might also like to apply some sealant around the gasket before you ...
by outofthebox
Tue May 06, 2014 8:28 am
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: B flat chanter
Replies: 8
Views: 5523

Re: B flat chanter

I remember looking in to this a while back so I know that Jim Carroll was making Bb chanters, if you are in Europe.
by outofthebox
Tue Mar 25, 2014 6:08 am
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: Hand cramps and pain.
Replies: 6
Views: 4483

Re: Hand cramps and pain.

Stretching could help. A good exercise that I have used is to use a thick broom handle and 'play' it as if it was a chanter. The extra thickness will stretch your fingers out - so when you go back to your chanter it will feel small by comparison. Also - anything I play on the broom handle always sou...
by outofthebox
Sun Jan 12, 2014 8:45 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: narrow or wide bore
Replies: 1
Views: 4203

Re: narrow or wide bore

If you post photos I'm sure someone can give you an answer on this.
by outofthebox
Wed Jan 08, 2014 12:17 pm
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Creating back pressure within a reed
Replies: 2
Views: 4388

Re: Creating back pressure within a reed

I use copper tubing staples. The constriction has the effect of changing the airflow from wide to narrow and back to wide again - something more along the lines of pumping air through an hour glass. I should say that I would only use this method in chanter reeds. This added back pressure wouldn't wo...
by outofthebox
Wed Jan 08, 2014 5:43 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Creating back pressure within a reed
Replies: 2
Views: 4388

Creating back pressure within a reed

This is something I do with my chanter reeds, which I haven't seen mentioned anywhere else. I cut a piece of plastic straw about 5mm long and roll it up so that I can slide it inside the staple. I then slide it carefully up until it gets to the flattened part, when it won't easily slide up any furth...
by outofthebox
Fri Nov 08, 2013 11:18 am
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: newbies start here - New to the uilleann pipes?
Replies: 181
Views: 153062

Re: newbies start here - New to the uilleann pipes?

I'm basing my statement on modern day commercial recording of uilleann piping - the big name players. It is true that there are uilleann pipers around who learned their chanter work on the great highland bagpipes and they do indeed have a style of playing which could not be described as 'legato'. Bu...
by outofthebox
Wed Nov 06, 2013 7:29 am
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: newbies start here - New to the uilleann pipes?
Replies: 181
Views: 153062

Re: newbies start here - New to the uilleann pipes?

My understanding of 'legato' playing - regardless of instrument - is that it simply means that one note flows into the next without any break in sound. 'Staccato' playing is the opposite in that each note is played in isolation, as the sound stops briefly in the interval between one note and the nex...
by outofthebox
Tue Oct 22, 2013 5:12 am
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: Tenor Regulator help
Replies: 4
Views: 3167

Re: Tenor Regulator help

My thinking on this is that if a regulator reed is strong enough to jump an octave then it is too strong. I tend to think of regulator reeds like weaker versions of chanter reeds - so it should play nice and lightly, but should not support overblowing into the second octave. So if it was my reed, I'...
by outofthebox
Mon Oct 07, 2013 6:01 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Today's timber qualities
Replies: 13
Views: 16428

Re: Today's timber qualities

When I was researching the ebonite alternative I found this company in Germany. I believe that the ebonite developed by this company is superior to the mass produced stuff from China. Check out the photos - a really high gloss finish with ornamental graining in a range of colours and styles, under e...
by outofthebox
Sat Sep 21, 2013 5:59 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: NPU Coyne B chanter problem
Replies: 18
Views: 15724

Re: NPU Coyne B chanter problem

You could also try experimenting with different staples - but if F# and E are playing very sharp in both octaves then it seems most likely that the bore/tone hole size is the problem. You might be able to test this out by partially blocking the F# and E open holes with tape - or constricting the low...
by outofthebox
Fri Aug 30, 2013 6:19 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Drone reed tuning problem
Replies: 5
Views: 5212

Re: Drone reed tuning problem

I think that with drone reeds it's important to get the length of the tongues just right, I don't think that bridle adjustment could raise the pitch satisfactorily by a whole tone from C up to D. Also I don't like my drones with the tuning slides all the way up - I find I get a better more stable to...
by outofthebox
Thu Aug 29, 2013 5:15 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Drone reed tuning problem
Replies: 5
Views: 5212

Re: Drone reed tuning problem

I don't think the drones themselves could be at fault if they played ok previously. I'm thinking that there is some problem with the plastic tongues of the drone reeds. It could be that the bridles aren't tight enough - they can work themselves loose with vibration. Did the reeds sound ok - buzzing ...
by outofthebox
Wed Aug 14, 2013 5:11 am
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: New narroow bore chanter
Replies: 1
Views: 2626

Re: New narroow bore chanter

Hi James - you can upload a photo of your chanter on the pictures thread. Always nice to see new work.