Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Drone Reeds

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Whether we’re playing the new-fangled techno-reed, or we’re old-school and we play cane, here are some tips to make sure you’re getting the most out of your drone reeds:

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Bagpipe Tip: The Basics for Breaking in your Chanter Reed

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Reeds take a while to “break in,” as many of us already know, and have already experienced. I don’t know for sure, but I assume this is because all the fibers in the cane of the reed need a chance to stretch out and become flexible in order for it to become a bit easier, and for it to reach its full vibrancy.

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3 Modern Conveniences that are Killing the Bagpiper

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Pipehacker loves gadgets. Whatever the latest modern invention or convenience there is for the piper, bring it. Although, lately the idea of “convenience” is losing its luster. Isn’t “convenience” supposed to mean “easier” or “simpler?”

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Pipehacker Holiday Gift Guide No. 3: Tools and Gear

Friday, December 3, 2010

Can you believe the holiday season is upon us once more? Here at Pipehacker we love making it yourself, but sometimes there is no substitute for a well crafted, high quality item. This year, send your loved ones over here to as a (not so subtle) hint for gifts. Check back on upcoming Fridays over the coming weeks for lists of more Pipehacker-approved piping gear!

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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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