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by outofthebox
Fri May 24, 2013 5:22 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Back D, and sharp 2nd octave
Replies: 6
Views: 6081

Re: Back D, and sharp 2nd octave

Drawing the lips across the sandpaper (emery cloth would be even better if you have it) is not aimed at shortening the reed, but just to thicken them up a tiny bit and even them up. At the first pass the lips of the reed will probably feel quite ragged. So only the tiniest amount of cane is removed ...
by outofthebox
Thu May 23, 2013 5:04 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Back D, and sharp 2nd octave
Replies: 6
Views: 6081

Re: Back D, and sharp 2nd octave

If your reed is sharp in the second octave (30 cents is very sharp), my guess would be that you need a narrower staple - or you could try to reduce the internal volume by more flattening of the staple you are using. As for the back D - this sounds like it may be a problem with the lips being a littl...
by outofthebox
Mon Apr 15, 2013 6:05 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Review: A guide to Reedmaking for the Uilleann Pipes" by Pat
Replies: 12
Views: 22818

Re: Review: A guide to Reedmaking for the Uilleann Pipes" by

Must be spring at last as OOTB has finally managed to write something I agree with :D My own set of pipes by a UK maker do not follow the Rowsome design and are in tune throughout the whole two octave range and jump between the octaves easily. Compliments of the season to you too Mr Hulot 8) I thin...
by outofthebox
Mon Apr 15, 2013 4:56 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Review: A guide to Reedmaking for the Uilleann Pipes" by Pat
Replies: 12
Views: 22818

Re: Review: A guide to Reedmaking for the Uilleann Pipes" by

I think that one big reason why there is so much concentration on staples is because the tuning of chanter bores and tone holes is so problematic. In many cases the tuning of the chanter bores is not good. If tuning is an important consideration then I think that NPU should concentrate it's efforts ...
by outofthebox
Thu Mar 14, 2013 5:14 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Reed Adjustments
Replies: 1
Views: 3524

Re: Reed Adjustments

I would suggest that you get a piece of well-worn fine sandpaper and work gently along the sides of the reed to the corners of the lips. It shouldn't take very much - try ten passes along each side, back and front. You can judge the stiffness of the reed by how easily the crow note sounds when you d...
by outofthebox
Mon Mar 11, 2013 5:39 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Review: A guide to Reedmaking for the Uilleann Pipes" by Pat
Replies: 12
Views: 22818

Re: Review: A guide to Reedmaking for the Uilleann Pipes" by

Yes - there are quite a lot of differences of opinion on tubing versus rolled staples. I've never been convinced that rolled staples offer anything significantly better than tubing. But there is also a problem with manuals recommending 5mm brass tubing, as if it will work in every D chanter. It cert...
by outofthebox
Wed Mar 06, 2013 6:09 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Am I paying attention to the right Reed stuff?
Replies: 3
Views: 4180

Re: Am I paying attention to the right Reed stuff?

One thing you might like to think about is the length and width of cane you use for the reed head. I make my reeds shorter and narrower - about 20mm from the lips to the top of the binding and 10.5mm wide. I also use 5mm copper tubing which has a narrower bore than 5mm brass tubing. Copper tubing al...
by outofthebox
Tue Feb 19, 2013 5:45 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: My first Successful Reed using Tim Brittons kit... Sort of
Replies: 1
Views: 2354

Re: My first Successful Reed using Tim Brittons kit... Sort

Nice blog Bob 8) I think you are going about it exactly the right way. The manuals will take you a certain distance, but as every UP chanter is different you then need to make little modifications in the reed design to get a good tuning and tone. So take your time - and think about all the different...
by outofthebox
Fri Feb 15, 2013 5:40 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Weird Back D problem... Help?
Replies: 3
Views: 4155

Re: Weird Back D problem... Help?

My first thought on this is that your Angus chanter may respond better to a reed with a wider staple. I assume that you have checked for any obstructions in the bore that might flatten your B etc. If the back D is strong when you put the reed in the Vignoles chanter then the cane itself should be ok...
by outofthebox
Thu Jan 31, 2013 6:25 am
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: Hello guys!
Replies: 3
Views: 4256

Re: Hello guys!

There might be some Irish musicians living and working in Kuala Lumpur - maybe even a piper - and if they read this forum they might contact you. Where did you get your pipes?
by outofthebox
Sun Jan 27, 2013 11:54 am
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: Pakistani Pipes
Replies: 17
Views: 15488

Re: Pakistani Pipes

Is the bag completely airtight and how do the bellows feel?
by outofthebox
Sat Jan 26, 2013 7:16 am
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: Hello guys!
Replies: 3
Views: 4256

Re: Hello guys!

Hi Faliq - Good to hear from you 8) There can't be many UP players in Malaysia. How long have you been playing?
by outofthebox
Thu Dec 27, 2012 5:47 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?

CIVIL DISCOURSE FOLKS! (YES I AM YELLING). it's what sets us apart from the other forums out there. no need to call anyone (especially a new player) clueless. I notice that the original poster has not replied, hopefully he hasn't been scared off. the Plod I think that lack of civility, or outright ...
by outofthebox
Sat Dec 22, 2012 6:53 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?

It could be, as learnthegrip has suggested, that the lips of the reed have been thinned down too much. In that case you could try drawing the lips of the reed gently across a piece of very fine and well worn sandpaper - or better still emery paper if you have it. Just place the paper on a flat surfa...
by outofthebox
Sat Dec 15, 2012 6:37 am
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: different regulator tunings
Replies: 11
Views: 7838

Re: different regulator tunings

Ok - I get you Philipp - but I can't help you 8) Maybe one of the pipemakers here does have a table of tuning frequencies for the uilleann pipes which they can share with you. Have you asked the maker of your set?