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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Better Bagpipe Blowing: Take It to the Limit

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

You should always be playing at the edge of your abilities if you are committed to improvement. That is a given in just about anything you do. There…

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4 Steps to Revive Dead Chanter Reeds

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Never chuck a good reed. A good chanter reed that has served you well may still do so even after it has dried out or turned “wimpy.” As…

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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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Scraping Bagpipe Chanter Reeds

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Ask twenty pipers the question “how do you scrape a chanter reed?” and you will likely get twenty different answers. There are as many treatments as there are…

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