Mum’s the word

Published: June 30, 2011

Bram van Melle of Auckland reviews the Bagpipe Mute, a device designed to muffle the chanter of a Highland bagpipe

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THIS DAY IN HISTORY:
May 1, 1978First issue of Capt John MacLellan’s “International Piper” magazine published.
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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.
    John Cairns, double Gold Medallist