Pipehacker Project: The Reed-Hack Survival Pack

Thursday, March 6, 2014
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The Highland bagpipers need to be versed in all the skills to sound their best. In the true Pipehacker tradition, here is a sporran-sized, exquisitely portable survival kit for reedsmithing and manipulation. Make your own pipe-hacked, miniaturized versions of the tools you need for reed-hacking while practicing or fine tuning before performance time.

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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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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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Bagpipe TLC

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

The long hours of practice and competition can make the average piper take his or her instrument for granted. All pipers have their regular maintenance routine to keep their pipes in top shape, but think about it, you’ve taken your stand up and down the bumpy roads to the games in trains, planes, and automobiles. You’ve carried them around the field and played in all kinds of weather. It’s time to take some extra effort to make sure your instrument has held up.

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Chanter Reed Selection—The Physical Exam

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

The ideal bagpipe sound starts with selecting the ideal chanter reed. Obvious? It is not always as easy as it seems. Personal preferences and taste coupled with what…

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