The articles below cover a variety of different aspects of piping; from maintenance, to tuning, to playing in public.
Bag MaintenanceThis article covers the different types and sizes
of bags, and how to check for air leaks.
Blowpipes and ValvesBlowpipe and valve options, and how to determine
the proper length for your blowpipe.
HempingA discussion of hemp, and the techniques
used to ensure your joints are airtight.
Selecting a Chanter ReedCriteria and techniques for selecting a pipe chanter reed.
Drone Reed SetupThis article covers the initial setup of your
Blowing Steady PressureDiscusses the importance of good posture and
steady air pressure while playing the pipes.
Tuning the DronesThis article covers the initial setup of your
Pipe Tuning with an Electronc TunerA discussion of the process used for tuning
your pipes using an electronic tuner.
Tuning the Chanter to the DronesThe follow-on to the Tip about tuning
with an electronic tuner.
Tuning the Pipe ChanterFurther discussion of the use of an electronic
tuner for fine tuning the chanter.
Moisture Control and Water TrapsDiscussion of the importance of moisture control
and the various types of water traps available.
Basic 6 - Maintenance KitCovers the six items that all pipers
should have in their case.
How to PracticeTips on how to organize your practice
sessions to make the most of your time.
Playing in PublicTips on preparation, tuning and performing
for family gatherings and other public appearances.
Packing your PipesProtect your pipes by following
the packing process described here.
Using Two ChantersDiscusses the benefit of having a second
pipe chanter for non-band events.
The Practice ChanterLearn the anatomy of
the practice chanter here.
The Practice Chanter ReedLearn how to select, tune and
maintain your practice chanter reed.
Thanks again Gerry.
Also thanks for being flexible and working with our band. It's our busy season and we tend to fly through our needed items. Everyone in my band seems to one by one head down to your shop and they keep you in the highest regards with your knowledge and willingness to make sure they can play to the best of their ability with your help. Really great having a shop like yours just down the road.
I just wanted to take a quick moment to thank you again for helping Sue and I out this morning with our pipes. We played them when we arrived home, and its already made a big difference. We wanted you to know how appreciative we are.
Thanks again for your time and guidance.
Dave and Sue