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Post  texasbagpiper Mon Feb 21, 2011 3:12 pm

We are about 200 members shy of what we had in the old group, but come to think of it, most probably didn't participate. It seems as if only about 5 percent participate anyways. More people need to get off the damn couch and take a lick at making pipes. Seth
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Post  Stu Mon Feb 21, 2011 3:39 pm

Well, I don't chime in often as there are so many more knowledgeable folks here than I.
That said I'm finishing up a pair of pipes I based off the illumination in the Lutrell psalter. Plays in Alto range with good penetration for dancing. (Lady who asked me to make the first set wanted it in that range. Having only made ssp's till that point, it was hell figuring out how to balance the chanter against the drone till I finally got it right!) I'll see about posting a video or sound file once they are finished. Just got a reed in the chanters for the first time today and one chanter sounds very nice with the intervals between the notes balanced about right, but of course flat. The other has a small jump in the interval between the top and bottom hands, but curable. All the measurements identical (as I can tell anyhow) yet a different sound with the same reed. Not quite sure why on that, but I'm sure I'll figure it out. One set is done with black walnut mounts on cherry at the request of the fellow who wants it, and a replacement set I made for myself (The old prototype is nice, but I'd like something that shows my current skill level really) with pewter mounts.
I always enjoy the forum, checking it most days of the week, despite not being as chatty or informative as I might be.
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Post  texasbagpiper Mon Feb 21, 2011 4:07 pm

Stu wrote:
I always enjoy the forum
Checking it most days of the week
Despite not being as chatty or
Informative as I might be.
Stu

Stu, you are a poet!!!!!!!!!!!!! Seth
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Post  Yuri Mon Feb 21, 2011 5:49 pm

Stu, what kind of bore did you use for the chanter? And for that matter, what kind of reed, though they probably go together.
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Post  Stu Mon Feb 21, 2011 6:02 pm

Yuri wrote:Stu, what kind of bore did you use for the chanter? And for that matter, what kind of reed, though they probably go together.

8mm bore, 351mm to bottom vent.

8mm bore staple reed
35mm tube with 30mm of blade
playing f# out of the chanter
Plastic blades with bridle and wire ligature as per ssp reed.

Took me ages to sort this thing out, works nicely now and despite the large size cylindrical bore does not consume much air, which is good as since my accident I don't have that much to give. Smile

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Post  Yuri Wed Feb 23, 2011 2:40 am

Do you make the reeds yourself? Or are they off-the-shelf smallpipe reeds?
I have to say it would have never occured to me to try this kind of deviation. But now I might do just that.
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Post  Stu Wed Feb 23, 2011 10:33 am

Yuri wrote:Do you make the reeds yourself? Or are they off-the-shelf smallpipe reeds?
I have to say it would have never occurred to me to try this kind of deviation. But now I might do just that.
I make the reeds myself, pretty easy actually and they last forever, or so it seems after 4 years with the same reed. I can send you more parameters for the thing off line if you like.
I had a lady four years back, ask me to make her a pipe that looked like the lutrell psalter pipe but played in the alto range, the messing about to get it working was amazingly taxing. At one point I nearly swore off pipemaking entirely, concluding my successes making ssp's were just a fluke.
It has also allowed me to deal with bagpipe haters. Seems most of them just don't like the higher pitched chanters is all and those I've exposed to it, like the lower pitched one.
It does have pretty good volume. Not as loud as a conical bore, but last year I played in the local civic centre with 600 people in the place and nearly a hundred dancing Sellenger's Round. Between me and a woman with a pair of zills it was loud enough to dance to.

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Post  Yuri Wed Feb 23, 2011 3:12 pm

What's a pair of zills? Does it refer to some oversize personal attribute that is not really printable?
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Post  Stu Wed Feb 23, 2011 3:33 pm

Yuri wrote:What's a pair of zills? Does it refer to some oversize personal attribute that is not really printable?

hehehe.

Well, zills are finger cymbals used by belly dancers. My daughter usually plays the drum for me but was ill at home that day and all I could find at the venue was a belly dancer with those thin high pitched finger cymbals who kept the beat with those.

No, wait, yes, thinking on her outfit it is porn! Twisted Evil

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Post  Yuri Thu Feb 24, 2011 1:34 am

Stu, could you post a photo of the reed in place? That is, in the chanter (and separately, too, come to think of it.) Thanx.
Thing is, this kinda reminds me of the ancient Greek aulos, a number of which have been found, and all seem to have 8-10 mm bores. For a long time there was a debate whether they were driven by single or double reeds, since both work. The concensus tends to lean towards double reeds (which is why I'm curious), with some single reeds possible in some areas at some eras. (The Sardinian launeddas are contemporary, and almost certainly have always had single reeds.)
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Post  Stu Thu Feb 24, 2011 10:14 am

[quote="Yuri"]Stu, could you post a photo of the reed in place? That is, in the chanter (and separately, too, come to think of it.)

I'll see if my daughter will do that next time she comes over. She has a digital camera, fraid I don't.

Meantime here is a very crappy video of the prototype (and a very fat tummy playing it, Smile Why my daughter insisted on shooting from below...)
You can hardly hear the drone in this, it just did not mike well.
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Post  Bob Salter Thu Feb 24, 2011 10:25 am

I cant see the video Sad is it just me?

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Post  Stu Thu Feb 24, 2011 10:26 am

Bob Salter wrote:I cant see the video Sad is it just me?

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Ooops, helps if I hit PASTE right?? Smile

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Post  texasbagpiper Thu Feb 24, 2011 12:25 pm

Stu wrote:
Bob Salter wrote:I cant see the video Sad is it just me?

Bob
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Stu, is that you? That chanter is huge!!!!!!! It has quite a deep sound. Seth
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Post  Stu Thu Feb 24, 2011 12:40 pm

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Stu, is that you? That chanter is huge!!!!!!! It has quite a deep sound. Seth

Fraid so. That particular outfit does not really flatter me. Smile
And yeah, once I got used to it a highland chanter seemed pretty tiny I'll tell you but I do like that deep deep sound and it carries very well.

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Post  Nicolas Thu Feb 24, 2011 5:53 pm

Wow I really love the sound of this chanter ! Fantastic !

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Post  Stu Thu Feb 24, 2011 5:59 pm

Nicolas wrote:Wow I really love the sound of this chanter ! Fantastic !
Thanks, glad you like it. Does however take largish hands to play the thing though.

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Post  Nicolas Thu Feb 24, 2011 6:11 pm

Well I'm 6'6" so no problem with large chanter ;-)

Since two months, I am working on a low cylindrical bore chanter, but with single reed and have lot of problems with higher note, so when I hear your pipes, I really began to seriously think on working in double reed making !


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Post  Stu Thu Feb 24, 2011 9:01 pm

Nicolas wrote: I am working on a low cylindrical bore chanter, but with single reed and have lot of problems with higher note, so when I hear your pipes, I really began to seriously think on working in double reed making !

I tried that first I found that when I had it functioning in a range I liked the third note from bottom shifted from day to day dependent on the humidity! I ended up making two finger holes for that and opened one or other based on which one was in the mood to work. The only sing blade reed chanters I've managed to make work (well) are the svensk (with much help from Seth) and a czech bock a few years back. I do prefer the double bladed reeds myself.

That said, why don't you tell folks about the chanter you are working on, they might have a solution for you. There are some very talented people here.

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Post  Yuri Thu Feb 24, 2011 9:05 pm

Stu, what pitch is it in? I could of course compare it with something, but just don't have anything at hand.
(And just to be nitpicking, why are you playing a Renaissance piece, and a late one at that, rather than a Luttrell contemporary one? OK,OK, I didn't ask that.)
But I'll be waiting for the photos of the reed.
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Post  Stu Thu Feb 24, 2011 9:16 pm

Yuri wrote:Stu, what pitch is it in? I could of course compare it with something, but just don't have anything at hand.


(And just to be nitpicking, why are you playing a Renaissance piece, and a late one at that, rather than a Luttrell contemporary one?

F in alto range
don't ask me all the f f' f'' f''' as I have never quite figured that stuff out I'm afraid.

And cuz I happen to know that one! I play a lot of playford, arbeau and other Ren period dance tunes. I used to teach dance from the period, but am just happy to be able to walk these days, so I play for the dancers instead. And I really like Sellenger's Round as a tune.

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