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by outofthebox
Thu Aug 01, 2013 5:28 am
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: "Bridget O'Donnel: A Victim of Famine" - Uilleann Pipes
Replies: 5
Views: 5781

Re: "Bridget O'Donnel: A Victim of Famine" - Uilleann Pipes

A lot of expression in this piece. Well played 8)
by outofthebox
Sun Jul 21, 2013 11:31 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: My chanter playing in C# please help
Replies: 8
Views: 8736

Re: My chanter playing in C# please help

You could try making a reed with the crow note at A. This is how I get my chanter to play in D. Also I make my reeds with narrower, shorter heads than normal - 10.5mm wide at the lips and 20mm from binding to lips - tapering slightly in from lips to binding, the cane blades shaped like an upside dow...
by outofthebox
Tue Jul 16, 2013 7:58 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Oboes, Clarinets and Pipes
Replies: 20
Views: 13240

Re: Oboes, Clarinets and Pipes

Oboe players do have the advantage of a much finer breath control of their reeds. A brilliant piper might have a very subtle left (or right) elbow, but that cannot compare with the subtleties of breath control. Hence the need for design of the chanter to bring the piper as close as possible to the c...
by outofthebox
Mon Jul 15, 2013 5:03 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Oboes, Clarinets and Pipes
Replies: 20
Views: 13240

Re: Oboes, Clarinets and Pipes

I thought that Seamus Ennis always played an old 19th century set, usually described as having a C# pitch, the fourth of that scale being F#. But I take the point. It would indeed be possible for a pipemaker to choose to make a chanter with the just intonation scale in G rather than in D and the dro...
by outofthebox
Sun Jul 14, 2013 11:45 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Oboes, Clarinets and Pipes
Replies: 20
Views: 13240

Re: Oboes, Clarinets and Pipes

That's a good observation Mr G - which key indeed? My view on this is that on this instrument the key is set by the drones. So in the case of a D set of pipes the intonation of the chanter should ideally be set to harmonize with the D drones - that means a Just Intonation running all the way along t...
by outofthebox
Wed Jul 10, 2013 10:15 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Oboes, Clarinets and Pipes
Replies: 20
Views: 13240

Re: Oboes, Clarinets and Pipes

Have chanter makers really tried to introduce a perfect just intonation scale I think that a Just Intonation scale (to use the term 'perfect' suggests that such a thing as an imperfect Just Intonation exists) is what all chanter makers should, in truth, be aiming to achieve. I don't expect them to ...
by outofthebox
Tue Jul 09, 2013 5:35 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Oboes, Clarinets and Pipes
Replies: 20
Views: 13240

Re: Oboes, Clarinets and Pipes

Ted's points are very good - and I can agree with a lot of what has been said by ausdag about the distinctive character and sound of the union/uilleann chanter. I have my own D chanter playing at A=436 because I prefer this lower pitch to A=440 or 442 or whatever most D chanters are made to play at....
by outofthebox
Fri Jul 05, 2013 4:06 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Wood suppliers near London
Replies: 3
Views: 3994

Re: Wood suppliers near London

You might like to consider recycling the wood from old hardwood furniture, which can often be found in second hand shops or even dumped in skips. Old hardwood like that is often very good quality and has shrunk as much as it is going to shrink, so no need for any further seasoning.
by outofthebox
Wed Jul 03, 2013 6:46 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Oboes, Clarinets and Pipes
Replies: 20
Views: 13240

Re: Oboes, Clarinets and Pipes

There is another point to consider that may be missing from the world of pipemaking and that is the process of peer review. From time to time we will read that certain makers have been able to achieve tuning refinements in chanter bore design - for instance I've mentioned the work of Thomas Aebi in ...
by outofthebox
Wed Jul 03, 2013 4:51 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Oboes, Clarinets and Pipes
Replies: 20
Views: 13240

Re: Oboes, Clarinets and Pipes

Very interesting. I think it is important in terms of comparison to consider that oboes and clarinets - as orchestral instruments have had a much more concentrated development over hundreds of years than union or uilleann pipes. I can see that the pipes are developing at a faster rate now, due to th...
by outofthebox
Fri Jun 28, 2013 3:15 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?

Hi Pipez - These pipes are all about problem solving, so that's how you should approach them from day one. KM's suggestion is a good one - I have used the flexible drain hose for a washing machine in this way and it has worked very well for me. Take things slowly and methodically and your instrument...
by outofthebox
Sun Jun 16, 2013 11:55 am
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: Tuning issues
Replies: 3
Views: 3942

Re: Tuning issues

I think you are right Thom - the flattening of pitch may well be related to seasonal changes in humidity. Apart from inserting the staple of the reed further into the chanter, you can also try to bring the pitch back up by strengthening it at the bridle - just by edging the bridle back a fraction to...
by outofthebox
Wed Jun 05, 2013 7:04 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Dimensions for a D Concert Pitch Bass Regulator
Replies: 3
Views: 4498

Re: Dimensions for a D Concert Pitch Bass Regulator

I think that lower notes need a greater internal volume within the staple to allow them to sound louder and bring them into balance with the other regulators.
by outofthebox
Tue Jun 04, 2013 4:56 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Flat chanter - muted first octave
Replies: 5
Views: 5324

Re: Flat chanter - muted first octave

I'd be thinking along the lines of getting more tension into the blades of the reed to get a stronger, brighter response. Maybe a narrower head reed would be more suited to this chanter, with more of an arc built into the blades of the reed as they are brought together by the binding. Another thing ...
by outofthebox
Sat Jun 01, 2013 5:30 am
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: Help with deathgrip issue
Replies: 9
Views: 6735

Re: Help with deathgrip issue

Playing without the left hand thumb grip is a very good idea, as it will help you to achieve a lighter touch on the chanter. Also think about bag position - if the bag is positioned too high the left shoulder is forced up and this creates a lot of tension all the way down the left arm. Both shoulder...