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by Greg_in_London
Wed Dec 31, 2014 4:31 pm
Forum: Bletherin
Topic: The New Skin / Bulletin Board Format
Replies: 2
Views: 1218

The New Skin / Bulletin Board Format

For anyone else still lurking, what do you make of the new format ?

Personally I think it's a shame to lose the old skin/artwork, but if it makes the site easier to maintain and the hackers and spammers at bay it has to be a good thing. Here's to a popular new year for ViperPiper :D
by Greg_in_London
Thu Jun 14, 2012 6:35 pm
Forum: Bletherin
Topic: synthetic chanter reeds
Replies: 11
Views: 9301

That makes more sense.

If it ever drops below zero/freezing at all, then that's cold enough to stop playing, I must admit.
by Greg_in_London
Thu Jun 14, 2012 6:33 pm
Forum: Bletherin
Topic: Saul Bagpipe Tuning System
Replies: 2
Views: 3142

I've seen the idea, but never used one. I've tried a contact mic on the drones (the way I'd attach a tuner to a fiddle) but it was less effective than holding the tuner over the drone. That was with a cheap contact mic and the contact should be better with these fixed ones. Was the price reasonable ?
by Greg_in_London
Mon Jun 04, 2012 2:05 pm
Forum: Bletherin
Topic: synthetic chanter reeds
Replies: 11
Views: 9301

Sorry Spicy - I don't get you. You said that you'd recommend the Clanrye because apart from very cold weather, they're pretty stable. Then you said that you'd steer clear because they sound horrible and cane is better. Or are you just saying that you like them in the rain, but not when anyone else t...
by Greg_in_London
Tue Dec 27, 2011 9:19 pm
Forum: Bletherin
Topic: PiobMasterPro
Replies: 6
Views: 3762

Hi - I read some of those comments on their facebook page, so I doubt I'd think seriously about it until those problems were sorted - and the price came down a lot. I was talking about Bagpipe Player, though, which is free, but which I could not install on Windows 7. i understand that it's a 32-64bi...
by Greg_in_London
Tue Dec 27, 2011 11:34 am
Forum: Bletherin
Topic: PiobMasterPro
Replies: 6
Views: 3762

I wonder if this will start to take over from Bagpipe Player for playing back large collections of sheet music - I hadn't been able to use that on Windows 7, but last week one of the kids from the band had it on a laptop at practice, so I need to find out how he made it work.
by Greg_in_London
Sun Sep 25, 2011 8:59 pm
Forum: Bletherin
Topic: Seudan
Replies: 3
Views: 2798

Sounds like they can play. My laptop soundcard isn't good enough to tell how good the recording is, unfortunately. That makes it a real pain when deciding whether to buy music or not. Is it all pipe music or do they work some songs in there as well ?
by Greg_in_London
Wed Aug 24, 2011 3:32 pm
Forum: Bletherin
Topic: Seudan
Replies: 3
Views: 2798

I couldn't see a link to any of their music, nor find them on YouTube, so something that showcases them would be wise from their point of view. Presumably there will eventually be something to listen to when they are listed on Amazon. For something else interesting on Gaelic music and song, I was se...
by Greg_in_London
Sun Nov 07, 2010 9:38 pm
Forum: Bletherin
Topic: Pipebag Seasoning?
Replies: 3
Views: 3245

First question is whether the bag has a zip. I used to have a hybrid Shepherd bag - synthetic inner and hide outer. When it started leaking, there seemed to be sections of the hide bag that were leaking in a porous-sort-of-way. In reality, though, it could have been leaking at some distance from the...
by Greg_in_London
Fri Oct 15, 2010 7:40 pm
Forum: Bletherin
Topic: Olympic Games
Replies: 1
Views: 2307

Olympic Games

We've just heard that prices for tickets for the Olympic seats will be priced up to £2012 each, although prices for other events - qualifying in obscure sports by people you will never have heard of will be much cheaper, especially for little kids. That's for the tickets that are available. It proba...
by Greg_in_London
Thu Sep 23, 2010 10:23 pm
Forum: Bletherin
Topic: for all pipers
Replies: 1
Views: 2577

It didn't work for me - maybe it didn't take off....
by Greg_in_London
Sat Jun 26, 2010 5:13 pm
Forum: Bletherin
Topic: synthetic chanter reeds
Replies: 11
Views: 9301

On another thread someone asked about McLaren Synthetic Chanter Reeds.

I know absolutely nothing about them, but maybe if there is more than one type on the market they will start to get better.
by Greg_in_London
Sat Jun 26, 2010 5:11 pm
Forum: Bletherin
Topic: Don't get your pipes stolen!
Replies: 1
Views: 2502

It might not stop some lowlife grabbing them, but it will certainly make it harder for them to pass the pipes off on someone else.

And if you just lose them, then you've a much better chance of being reunited with them quickly.
by Greg_in_London
Thu Jun 03, 2010 9:21 pm
Forum: Bletherin
Topic: synthetic chanter reeds
Replies: 11
Views: 9301

I did buy a Clanrye reed about fifteen-eighteen years ago and was never very happy with it, but it could have been the poor quality chanter I had at the time. It came with a bridle that broke and I could not replace that, which really didn't help.

Fifteen years on, maybe they're better.
by Greg_in_London
Tue Jan 19, 2010 8:07 pm
Forum: Bletherin
Topic: Need help publishing a music book
Replies: 3
Views: 3424

Well if you can put the file together in a Word or (very) clean .pdf document, then it costs nothing. If you have handwritten manuscripts and rough notes and want someone else to collate it, then obviously you'd have to pay someone. Our music was written using Sibelius, then exported to Word to have...

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