Kids are sleeping and I’m in my walk-in closet with my Gellaitry pipes and my poly Sinclair chanter I just got back from being borrowed. Stick a MacLellan reed in there with Kinnaird drone reeds, tune them up and just play, with a Zoom H2 sitting on a box a few inches off the carpeted floor. by the closed door. Here’s a set, a waltz I ripped off EJ Jones I don’t know the name of (can be heard on this Clandestine album) and the Swallow’s Tail:
I’m going around in circles, well more like rotating, so the chanter drone balance will change as the set progresses. Yeah, I suck at playing birls, and blowing steady, among many other things. Note to self, don’t face recorder when playing in closet: be ready to lower the volume a bit when I rotate around to face the recorder.
This is definitely my new solo pipe. I was in heaven, well as close as a washed up player like me could be, anyway…
For all you rednecks out there like me that say Gellaitry instead of Gellaitry, the difference being Gell – as in jelly – and Gill – how fish breathe – the latter one is the correct pronunciation. Moving on, Gellaitry drones, EJ Jones chanter and reed, Wygent drone reeds, and the tune (poorly played):
This was recorded in my practice room (a huge walk-in closet) with my back to the mic so you could actually hear the drones.
So, I just got myself a set of Gellaitry bagpipes fully mounted in boxwood. They came from Gene Mitchell coupled with a Gannaway zip bag, Ezee drone reeds, green cords, and a abw Gibson Chanter. I threw a MacLellan reed I had laying around in there and did some recording. Tuning, or the playing, isn’t great or perfect, but good enough for 20 minutes out of the shipping box! MP3’s are in chronological order going down.
Pipes with Ezee drone reeds:
Pipes with Kinnaird drone reeds:
For comparison, you can hear a set of 1980’s Naill pipes in the exact same recording conditions with Ezee drone reeds and the same MacLellan chanter reed, though with a Colin Kyo chanter instead.
Pictures (ripped off tinypic from Gene):
Since my pipes are out of commission for a little bit, Bryan/Brain/Brian (however you spell it) lent me his 1980’s Naills with Ezee drone reeds. Here matched with my Colin Kyo chanter and MacLellan reed, the F# was a teeny bit flat, the bag a little big, but I managed to get a few tunes out of it:
Calista Anne McLaurin, Calista and Clark’s Playtime, Latisha McLaurin – my compositions being a waltz, hornpipe, and jig
Contained in this mp3 file are each of the sets of drone reeds playing in my 1950’s Hendersons. Put them in order!
Ezee tenors & Selbie bass
Order is 1. Ezee tenors/Selbie bass 2. Kinnaird 3. Selbie 4. Shepherd SM-90 5. Wygent.
So I’ve been sitting on these since November, my friend has a set of 1950’s Robertsons and we were fiddling around with which reeds sounded best in them. So Cannings were the verdict. Listen here:
Robertsons with Canning drone reeds
We put the Wygents that were in his Robertsons in my Centers, listen here:
3/4 Centers with Wygent drone reeds