Back to the Uilleann Pipe Chanter; & Flute making

I am not a blogger but...

these last few weeks the weather became ideal for Piping and OC I have a practice set.

So after over a decade of none, I began to run over some of the pieces I used love to work on.

Course I do not take this to sessions, or even out, just at home with me and the cat and dogs, the odd passer by stopping to listen to the Saxophone ... lol
It is the USA, and I am in S Texas where nearly nobody knows what a Uilleann Pipes set is, never mind what it sounds like.

I was amazed and annoyed that all my hard work learning 'closed' fingering is lost. Yeah if you quit its goodbye to some of your hard earned skills.


Also selling my Anglo C/G over being wore out trying to get it to play like a G/D got the better of me, and it is a Rochelle...Yeah no hope there. Maybe I will win the lotto and be able to afford to buy a decent box?

I had a couple of spare reeds which came to the rescue when the original passed out from excessive humidity. Luckily one of them works great even if the humidity is high. And then the Chanter is excellent, made by Micheal Vignoles of Galway. It has a nice sweet but firm sound.  It is well suited to the slow stuff I prefer on the UP. So yeah I am bbbback at it again.

My Flute making hobby started with a 'G' model from  PVC home water piping, but since has migrated to the insane art of making  Irish style 'D' flutes out of another grade of PVC water piping. I must say that this is a labor of love as the results are a little unpredictable, and you can get a dead one once in a while. Still the good ones make up for the bad, and like UP reed-making every so often you get a piece that is special.

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