Donald Shaw Ramsay: the pipes|drums Interview from the Archives

Published: March 31, 2009

The third part of the full text of our 1989 conversation with the late, great pipe-major

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We conclude our 1989 interview with one of the most important pipe band figures in history

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Donald Shaw Ramsay: the pipes|drums Interview from the Archives

Published: February 28, 2009

Part 2 of our unabridged 1989 interview with one of the great legends of the pipe band world

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Donald Shaw Ramsay: the pipes|drums Interview from the Archives

Published: January 31, 2009

Part 1 of a full transcription of a 1989 conversation with the late famous piping icon

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TIP OF THE DAY
Pipers: Blow your drones without the pipe chanter for a few minutes when you first take your pipes out of the box. Initially, the blades on your pipe chanter reed and the tongues on your drone reeds will be dry (not pliable), which will make the chanter reed stiff and often too much for the drone reeds – causing them to shut off. The warm air that is blown through the drone reeds will make the tongues more pliable and receptive to handling the strength of the pipe chanter. This applies to synthetic and cane drone reeds.
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