New CITES Certifications for African Blackwood, It’s Been Leading to This

Saturday, December 3, 2016
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The global piping community seems to be in a tizzy because the the recently announced addition of species of Dalbergia, including Dalbergia melanoxylon (African blackwood) to the Convention…

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Top Pipehacker Project in 2013: The Piper’s Perfect Pressure Gauge

Wednesday, January 1, 2014
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The bagpiping world seems to be divided up into two groups: 1) The denizens of bagpipe internet forums who are sure manometers, i.e., tubes filled with water, will…

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Pipehacker Project: The Black Strap Water Trap

Thursday, July 25, 2013
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Moisture to the bagpiper is like DDT to the mosquito. A build up of too much moisture in your instrument means certain death of your reeds and nothing…

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The Ebay Bagpiper: Devil Drone Reeds

Friday, March 1, 2013

Wherein Pipehacker purchases and test drives assorted bagpipe junk from ebay—so you don’t have to. If you spend any time sorting through the bagpipe offerings on Ebay you’ve…

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4 Steps for Getting Your Drone Reeds to “Point Zero”

Friday, November 2, 2012

“Point zero” is exactly what it implies. It is setting the strength of your drone reeds at the starting point before you begin adjusting for pitch and chanter reed strength.

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