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Pipehacker Gift Guide 2014: Lost Bagpipe Music Collections!

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awesomepipers_pipehacker tonysirontrews_pipehackerGlasgow’s redevelopment has turned up quite a few interesting finds as buildings are cleared for restoration and demolition. One of these recent discoveries is a collection of bagpipe music by a piper everyone seems to have forgotten. D. Lorian gave up the bagpipes some time after being awarded the MBE and rumor has it he now runs an anchovy farm in Spain. The Red Torry Pipes and Drums of course, opened one of their classic medleys with “Tony’s Iron Trews.” Watch for copies to hit the shelves of your favorite bagpipe supply shop soon!

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Small Tunes Podcast: “Collin the Piper”

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No Samhain celebration is complete without a spooky story and a tune. Today’s Small Tunes podcast is a tale that brings together a bagpiper, a puca, and Angus MacKay! “Collin the Piper” is a fine wee jig to add to one’s seasonal tune list. Download the set score and listen to the podcast for more history and a rendition of the tune on the bagpipe. Happy Halloween to one and all!

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The Salvaged Wood Smallpipe

Monday, June 20, 2011

Fellow bagpipe addict and pipehacker-in-training Johnny L. stopped by for a visit recently and he is the first recipient of the “Pipehacker DIYB award.” OK, I made that…

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Pipehacker Tip: The DIY Pipe Bag Seasoning Funnel

Friday, April 8, 2011

Bagpipe bag seasoning is messy stuff. The wide mouth opening of your modern container of Airtight makes it an easy matter to make a clean pour into your…

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Pipehacker Project: The Reed Capsule

Friday, March 11, 2011

Even though you now has a portable reed case (as well as minty fresh breath) you still have need to store, transport, or otherwise protect your chanter and…

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Pipehacker Project: The Personal Reed Case

Friday, February 4, 2011

An enterprising bagpiper can accumulate a large number of chanter reeds over time. But once you find those choice bits of cane, what do you do with them?…

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Pipehacker Tip: Bagpipe Bag Hole Punch

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

For those new to the hide bag tie-in, it has always been necessary to measure out and place the spots where your stocks will insert. A quarter-sized hole is then cut into the leather and the stock pushed through. The trick is always to get as round a hole as possible. The more perfectly circular the hole, the less likely it will be to tear when you push your stock through. The only way to do this well is to have an ideally sized “punch” to stamp out that hole.

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Pipehacker Project: The DIY Blowstick Valve

Friday, November 12, 2010

Are there any pipers left who remember the days of leather blowstick flapper valves? The little circles of old bag leather that dried up and had to be gnawed back to life in order to function? No? Well, once upon a time pipers had to make their own flapper valves to tie on to their blowpipes.

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Pipehacker Project: The Black Art of Black Wax

Friday, October 22, 2010

Back in the day, the gooey black bits of “cobbler’s wax” were oftentimes a melted mess in a piper’s maintenance kit awaiting their next turn at a strand of hemp. What is simply globs of pine resin and pitch (otherwise known by the scientific name “soot”), the stuff was crumbly, sticky, and infuriating at the same time but has always been ideal for sticking that first wrap of hemp on your pipe tenons. But what do you do when your chunk of black wax has crumbled to nothing?

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Pipehacker Project: A Case for the Eyeglasses Drone Reed Case

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Over the years, I have acquired many sets of drone reeds. Right now, I’ve got two combination sets going for solo and band playing that comprise three different makes. It has been an ongoing challenge keeping them packed safe and sound while they are not being played or transported in my pipe case.

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