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by dirk the piper
Sun Dec 19, 2010 7:22 pm
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: How Much Scalloping did Leo Rowsome do?
Replies: 18
Views: 13439

Re: How Much Scalloping did Leo Rowsome do?

Bill, Those descriptions are quite helpful to me in gaining some subjective feel about the Rowesome chanters. Thanks! Certainly, I'd love to see stack heights and, maybe even photos or recordings of that Fischer/Talty chanter! I suppose sound files would be best at the original, slightly higher pitc...
by dirk the piper
Sun Dec 19, 2010 6:28 pm
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: How Much Scalloping did Leo Rowsome do?
Replies: 18
Views: 13439

Re: How Much Scalloping did Leo Rowsome do?

Thanks Mr. G, I have heard that there are many variations in his work, and that modification have been done. Having seen only a couple of specimens myself, it's helpful to hear that the variations are, perhaps a bit more ... variant than I had thought. But, what about the chanter that was measured b...
by dirk the piper
Sun Dec 19, 2010 4:32 pm
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: How Much Scalloping did Leo Rowsome do?
Replies: 18
Views: 13439

How Much Scalloping did Leo Rowsome do?

I'm at a certain point in trying to make a copy of a Rowsome chanter, without having a picture, or much information about the way he characterized his tone holes. I have seen some photos from the Na Piobairi Uilleann calendar, but no hard measurements. I have some idea that Rowsome's concert-pitch c...
by dirk the piper
Tue Jun 29, 2010 12:01 pm
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Anyone looking for a myford s7?
Replies: 8
Views: 7873

Re: Anyone looking for a myford s7?

Hi Liam, In addition to the fact that's it's a really nice machine, I think it might be easier to tool-up. I'm sure other pipe-makers who have these machines will be willing to share with you exactly which tooling extensions they have, or methods they have used, and you would be able to repeat what ...
by dirk the piper
Wed Jun 16, 2010 12:26 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Different pitch sets...
Replies: 12
Views: 4023

Re: Different pitch sets...

Give a listen to Joe and Antoinette McKenna, who recorded with an old full-set in the key of E-Flat. I haven't heard of anything pitched higher than that. Also, who else has recorded in E-Flat? Also, I heard of some experiments with chanters in low A and low G, but I'm not aware of any full-sets pit...
by dirk the piper
Wed May 26, 2010 9:50 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Composite drone reeds
Replies: 36
Views: 13526

Re: Composite drone reeds

Last summer, I briefly got to try and hear one of Benedict's spruce chanter reeds. It was in a nice, olivewood chanter in the key of B, made by his partner. The reed seemed very good to me. Does he still make them like that? Are they working out? If so, Is there any chance that Mr. Kohler or someone...
by dirk the piper
Mon May 24, 2010 9:59 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Composite drone reeds
Replies: 36
Views: 13526

Re: Composite drone reeds

The D M Quinn book The Piper's Despair has a nice recipe and explanation for making the brass-tube body with cane tongues. They can be made to work quite well.

-Dirk
by dirk the piper
Sun May 16, 2010 10:06 pm
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Gun Drilling
Replies: 10
Views: 11149

Re: Gun Drilling

That filter drier is just cheap insurance against the possibility of spraying water at some nice, dry piece of wood. nothing more. It probably isn't necessary, but the thing came with some other air tools I bought. It also doesn't clog or appreciably reduce the pressure. Then again, I'm using a fair...
by dirk the piper
Thu May 13, 2010 6:46 pm
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: What is the best way to turn a chanter?
Replies: 7
Views: 3423

Re: What is the best way to turn a chanter?

Hi Liam, The nice thing about a metal lathe is that you can fit a tool rest on it, and use it for traditional wood-turning. You do need to be a bit more careful about cleaning the wood chips off the metal lathe, and prevent fouling the mechanisms, but it's certainly a tried-and-true technique. Bill ...
by dirk the piper
Thu May 13, 2010 6:07 pm
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Gun Drilling
Replies: 10
Views: 11149

Re: Gun Drilling

Like some other makers, I use a wood lathe to do the boring. I don't think it's necessarily better or worse than using a metal lathe. However, I just wanted to show one way it can be made to work. The setup that I learned from Tim Britton is to use gun drills that have a side air port, so they can b...
by dirk the piper
Wed May 05, 2010 9:53 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: O'Brien Style Regulator Keywork
Replies: 15
Views: 7051

Re: O'Brien Style Regulator Keywork

Thank you for posting those pictures of Mr. O'Brien's pipes, Alan. I'm wondering... Was he the first to make pipes with the "buckle" style regulator keys? It's a beautiful design.
-Dirk
by dirk the piper
Sun May 02, 2010 10:08 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Regulator Key Block Repair
Replies: 4
Views: 2577

Re: Regulator Key Block Repair

How can one construct the keys and blocks so that they will be less likely to pop-off a chunk of the regulator block when the key is depressed with an exhuberant wrist action? I think I heard that if the key is made such that the leaf spring is the stop when the key is fully pressed, then the wood i...
by dirk the piper
Fri Apr 30, 2010 1:56 pm
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: O'Brien Style Regulator Keywork
Replies: 15
Views: 7051

Re: O'Brien Style Regulator Keywork

Harlow, I expect what you say about the ergonomics and ease of playing of a well-made Taylor-style set is true. However, I have no experience with such a set-up yet. I'd like a chance to try a set like that. Certainly, I have heard some very talented players making absolutely beautiful music on thes...
by dirk the piper
Thu Apr 29, 2010 5:45 pm
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: O'Brien Style Regulator Keywork
Replies: 15
Views: 7051

Re: O'Brien Style Regulator Keywork

Thanks Liam, That's a good photo.
I see one of the two aformentioned compression springs... Where's the other one? Also, does Mr. Faden have a web site?
-Dirk
by dirk the piper
Wed Apr 28, 2010 4:30 pm
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: O'Brien Style Regulator Keywork
Replies: 15
Views: 7051

Re: O'Brien Style Regulator Keywork

I do have one comment. Andy and Cillian and this guy, Gordon Galloway ( http://www.gallowaypipes.com/) have collaborated to share some designs and parts manufacturing, notably with the regulator keys. Also, Gordon helped develop the E Z Drones reed design. I wish I knew how the springs are set up on...