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by Ted
Wed Jun 15, 2011 3:25 pm
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Staple and chanter throat diameters ??
Replies: 5
Views: 4280

Re: Staple and chanter throat diameters ??

That would be a matter of interest. Perhaps my language was unclear. What was meant was that I use five designs that work on most concert pitch chanters. On a given chanter, one of the five will work, while the other four won't. I did not mean that a particular one of the five will work 99% of the t...
by Ted
Sat Jun 11, 2011 1:07 pm
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Staple and chanter throat diameters ??
Replies: 5
Views: 4280

Re: Staple and chanter throat diameters ??

Theoretically, the staple is an extension of the bore. In practice the taper of the staple and the resultant flattening of the top part to form the eye, is quite different than the bore of the chanter. The staple's taper is generally more radical than the bore. There can be quite a mismatch between ...
by Ted
Mon May 16, 2011 11:32 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: James kenna drone reeds?
Replies: 16
Views: 8014

Re: James kenna drone reeds?

What is the problem with cane for the smaller drones? It works in the bass and baritone, why not the rest? I just finished some NSP reeds in cane, incl. the tiny 1+mm reed. It took a few reeds to get the smallest ones going well, but I am very satisfied with the result. I have lots of the tiny sized...
by Ted
Thu May 05, 2011 12:00 pm
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Composite Drone reeds (renamed)
Replies: 41
Views: 19116

Re: Composite Drone reeds (renamed)

Jeff did the right thing; test the idea by making a reed. The dream may live on in the mind of the dreamer, but the dreamer has not produced a working example. DMQuinn is right. As an engineer, I think the laws of physics will not allow the concept to produce a playing reed. The challenge has not be...
by Ted
Sat Apr 30, 2011 6:01 pm
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Composite Drone reeds (renamed)
Replies: 41
Views: 19116

Re: Composite Drone reeds (renamed)

DMQuinn makes a good point. To be useful, the suggestion by OOTB should be followed up by him with a working reed of the type he describes. Until such a reed is shown to me and played, I will take such speculation as a load of garbage. Such a reed may sound to him like a good idea, while it is in th...
by Ted
Sat Apr 30, 2011 5:12 pm
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Machine stitching leather bags
Replies: 6
Views: 4935

Re: Machine stitching leather bags

I have hand stitched pipe bags in the past. I used hand made wax ends for stitching. Waxtwin pre-made thread is not suitable. A wax end is made from hemp (preferred) or linen thread of several plies, with each strand waxed with hand wax, then twisted together with boar bristles twisted into each end...
by Ted
Sun Apr 17, 2011 1:36 pm
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: cane drone reeds
Replies: 12
Views: 5385

Re: cane drone reeds

I prefer to cut drone cane when the sap is up, like mid-summer. I cut the cane green and sun dry the stalks until the leaves, which I leave on at this point, turn yellow. I then strip the leaves and sun the stalks until the green is gone. I then bundle up the stalks and put them in the rafters. They...
by Ted
Sat Jan 15, 2011 11:20 am
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: Taylor Made Pipes
Replies: 8
Views: 5436

Re: Taylor Made Pipes

Does not look like Taylor to me. I am trying to recall where I have seen that key shape before.
by Ted
Wed Dec 29, 2010 11:21 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: How do I make a "bright" reed
Replies: 16
Views: 8182

Re: How do I make a "bright" reed

An MP3 recording is not a good example of a chanter's tone. Microphones and editing are too big of variables in what I hear from recordings. Brightness is easily dialed in in editing. The beast may sound quite different live and in person. That said, Alan and billh have given the best advice on stru...
by Ted
Tue Nov 16, 2010 6:39 pm
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: CP: Black wax and hemp
Replies: 0
Views: 1520

CP: Black wax and hemp

I am hand making a pine pitch based black shoemaker's wax. Great for reed makers, bag and bellows hand stitchers and for applying to the hemp on the bottom layer of tenon wrapping. I have it in a softer version for easy softening and a harder version. $5.00US for a 1/2 oz. stick. Also available is a...
by Ted
Fri Oct 29, 2010 2:25 pm
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Klangfarbe
Replies: 6
Views: 2964

Re: Klangfarbe

K&S brass tubing from hobby shops etc. has a wall thickness of 0.014". I roll staples from 0.020" thick copper sheet, which has proven to be ideal for giving the arch to the reed. I often roll tapered staples which are required for many chanters. Rolled staples are easier for me to make the taper th...
by Ted
Fri Oct 08, 2010 9:35 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Best way to make a spoon bit?
Replies: 1
Views: 1572

Re: Best way to make a spoon bit?

Why not just undercut the c# hole upward? Probably been there, done that, so I'll go back to sleep.
by Ted
Sun Oct 03, 2010 12:13 pm
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Tenon Design
Replies: 16
Views: 7220

Re: Tenon Design

Go for it and post the results.
by Ted
Sat Oct 02, 2010 12:31 pm
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Tenon Design
Replies: 16
Views: 7220

Re: Tenon Design

Selmer rejected ebonite altogether due to QC problems with its manufacturing process. They use a wood-dust resin composite that they like better, not a "lower grade ebonite". Forty to seventy years ago, a lot of student instruments were made of ebonite. The materials costs are the smallest cost in i...
by Ted
Fri Oct 01, 2010 11:35 pm
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Medir and Sampson cane
Replies: 36
Views: 13289

Re: Medir and Sampson cane

Even given what I just posted, the stand of cane may only produce hard cane or too hard for reed making. Even where there is a lot of cane, you will probably find optimal cane hard to come by. You won't find it in spots within mostly hard cane. You will find whole patches and areas that produce soft...