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by Ted
Fri Oct 01, 2010 8:16 pm
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Medir and Sampson cane
Replies: 36
Views: 13289

Re: Medir and Sampson cane

Cane grows out of the ground at its' full final diameter; it does not grow larger in diameter. The walls grow thicker with age. First year cane is thin walled, getting thicker up to two or so years, then growing very little, if any, until it dies at about four to five years of age. Oboe etc. reed ma...
by Ted
Wed Sep 29, 2010 11:09 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Tenon Design
Replies: 16
Views: 7220

Re: Tenon Design

Over 33 years ago, uilleann pipes were available from McNulty/Hunter which used o rings, two per joint. The sets also used aluminum tubing and cast aluminum keys, in keeping with the theme of "modernizing" uilleann pipes. The design is not difficult to execute from the pipemakers standpoint but they...
by Ted
Mon Sep 27, 2010 11:39 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Medir and Sampson cane
Replies: 36
Views: 13289

Re: Medir and Sampson cane

Fiddlerwill, For judging cane hardness in the field the thumbnail test is what you are stuck with. Cut only tubes in which the stalk has died, no green leaves growing out of it. Once you have made some reeds and are happy with the softness of the cane from some other source you are using, take a tub...
by Ted
Sun Sep 26, 2010 10:05 pm
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Medir and Sampson cane
Replies: 36
Views: 13289

Re: Medir and Sampson cane

The dunk test is good. Use a gouged slip and measure how deep it sinks barely held vertically in a glass of water and calculate the % it sinks vs the total length of the slip. Be quick with immersion time and let the strip dry a couple of days before using. Unlike D. Daye, I prefer cane under 50% si...
by Ted
Tue Sep 21, 2010 12:06 pm
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Medir and Sampson cane
Replies: 36
Views: 13289

Re: Medir and Sampson cane

Ted's explanation of soft versus hard vibration of the lips makes good sense to me. I think there is one other aspect that is worthy of consideration in relation to how hard a reed will play. I've been giving some thought to how the scrape is formed. After gouging the inside of the slip there is st...
by Ted
Fri Sep 17, 2010 11:56 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Medir and Sampson cane
Replies: 36
Views: 13289

Re: Medir and Sampson cane

There is a wide range of soft to hard cane. Some cane may be too soft to make a good reed but this is rare. The harder the cane, the more scrape it will take to make it vibrate, so hard cane yields a reed that requires thin lips and more scrape in order to play. Thin cane reacts faster to changes in...
by Ted
Thu Sep 16, 2010 11:16 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Medir and Sampson cane
Replies: 36
Views: 13289

Re: Medir and Sampson cane

outofthebox: Buying cheaper, more easily available cane is the way to start. You will go through some tubes before settling on a method of making that suits you. Once you can produce workable reeds with some consistency, branch out to using other cane. You may have to make adjustments due to differe...
by Ted
Sun Sep 12, 2010 9:33 pm
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Medir and Sampson cane
Replies: 36
Views: 13289

Re: Medir and Sampson cane

I prerfer cane that complies to the thumb nail test. Pressing the nail into the exposed end leaves a visible indentation. So far, no other supplier has come near this. I have been very happy with the material supplied by Medir. I would like to have access to longer and bigger I/diameter drone cane....
by Ted
Sat Sep 11, 2010 2:08 pm
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Lacing Tape
Replies: 26
Views: 10254

Re: Lacing Tape

I have a chanter with a cork joint for the reedcap and it did not last two days after arriving in my climate before the reedcap was loose and turning during playing and pulling out easier than it should (which is quite the risk to put a reed to). You can try to heat the cork very carefully and keep...
by Ted
Wed Sep 08, 2010 2:26 pm
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Lacing Tape
Replies: 26
Views: 10254

Re: Lacing Tape

Cork will not usually cause any damage. It is very compressible and can work well in clarinets etc. The problem with cork is that after playing the instrument should be disassembled to allow the cork to spring back to its original diameter. This is fine for clarinets etc., but ideally a piper should...
by Ted
Tue Sep 07, 2010 12:48 pm
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Lacing Tape
Replies: 26
Views: 10254

Re: Lacing Tape

outofthebox. You mention "yellow hemp". The "hemp" (actually flax dyed yellow) used by GHB players is too thick for UP use. The flax shoe thread is still being produced in Sweden as 20/1 either natural or bleached. It is difficult to use the yellow stuff and get the fit right on our smaller joints d...
by Ted
Mon Sep 06, 2010 11:18 pm
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: cane drone reeds
Replies: 12
Views: 5385

Re: cane drone reeds

It seems like the tube length between nodes is a genetic trait. I like to harvest drone cane which is of the diameters I need growing right out of the rhizome, rather than using branches from larger tubes. Branches can be good, but is often too short between nodes. I have some bass drone sizes which...
by Ted
Fri Sep 03, 2010 5:00 pm
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Lacing Tape
Replies: 26
Views: 10254

Re: Lacing Tape

Some guys just have to learn the hard way. Many have been down this path before and think they know more than the old-timers.
by Ted
Wed Aug 25, 2010 12:53 pm
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Copper tubing for staple making?
Replies: 4
Views: 2906

Re: Copper tubing for staple making?

The wall thickness of the rolled tubing is much thicker than the 0.020" thick copper normally used to roll staples and the 0.014" thick brass used in the tubing for staples. There is a small tonal difference between copper and brass. I have made a few staples rolled from sterling silver sheet and fi...
by Ted
Thu Aug 12, 2010 1:03 pm
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Blackwood vs. Ebony (and other woods)
Replies: 26
Views: 10870

Re: Blackwood vs. Ebony (and other woods)

I spoke with a tech. at Selmer Instruments. They are using a composite made of AB powder with a resin. He said ebonite is fairly variable, as it is a cast product. There are better pieces and some not so good. So much for the superiority of ebonite. It is not like getting a stainless steel rod. It i...