Pipehacker Project: The Chanter Cap Reed Dryer

Monday, September 15, 2014
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The chanter cap has become as ubiquitous a part of the pipe box as a roll of black tape. But moisture left on the reed after playing can…

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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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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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Chanter Reed Selection—The Match-Up

Wednesday, November 23, 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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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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