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Post  Nicolas on Sun Dec 19, 2010 1:00 pm

Hi !

I have to make four drones (they will be played directly by mouth, no bag) in Bb. I must make them soon and haven't the time to make new Dbits. I only have 6,5 and 7,1 mm Dbits. Does someone have plans to make drones in Bb with these diameter bore ?

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Post  MichaelLoos on Sun Dec 19, 2010 1:19 pm

For a three-part drone, equal lengths of 25 - 27 cm, with 7.5 cm tuning slides, should work out.
Drill the first part 6.5 mm, the second and third 7.1mm and expand the bore of the third part with a long 8 mm drill from the hardware store.
For greater volume, use 7.1 for the first part, 8 for the second and 10 for the third, and add approx. 5 cm to the total length.
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Post  texasbagpiper on Sun Dec 19, 2010 1:33 pm

I use 5/32" for mine and that's closer to 4mm I believe. Seth
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Post  MichaelLoos on Sun Dec 19, 2010 2:05 pm

Maybe I should have asked how loud these drone are expected to sound.
4 mm and the like will be smallpipe or hümmelchen loudness (or quietness), the drone with 6.5 - 7.1 - 8 mm will be in the range of a gaida drone, or a strong cornemuse, and the 7.1 - 8 - 10 mm will be not far from a GHB drone volume.
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Post  Nicolas on Sun Dec 19, 2010 2:08 pm

Hey thank you for your answers guys !

I'll go with the 6.7/7.1/8 because they are made to be played without mic on stage while someone wil be singing !

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