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Leicestershire small pipes

MBSLynne 05 Jul 07 - 11:23 AM
The Borchester Echo 05 Jul 07 - 11:30 AM
OLDNIC 05 Jul 07 - 11:37 AM
Mary Humphreys 05 Jul 07 - 11:49 AM
treewind 05 Jul 07 - 11:51 AM
MBSLynne 05 Jul 07 - 11:51 AM
treewind 05 Jul 07 - 11:51 AM
treewind 05 Jul 07 - 12:55 PM
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Subject: Leicestershire small pipes
From: MBSLynne
Date: 05 Jul 07 - 11:23 AM

Someone recently mentioned Leicestershire smallpipes, something I've never heard of before. I Googled it and found the web site of someone who makes them.

Anyone else ever come across them?

Love Lynne


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Subject: RE: Leicestershire small pipes
From: The Borchester Echo
Date: 05 Jul 07 - 11:30 AM

Anahata was learning them.
No doubt he'll be along in a minute with a progress report and whether the neighbours are getting an ASBO against him.
Eliza Carthy has some too but hasn't (as far as I know) played them out yet.


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Subject: RE: Leicestershire small pipes
From: OLDNIC
Date: 05 Jul 07 - 11:37 AM

I have heard them and refuse to repeat the experience ,Geoff Halford Leicester Morris musician has a set but as he is a gentleman he does not play them in respectable company


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Subject: RE: Leicestershire small pipes
From: Mary Humphreys
Date: 05 Jul 07 - 11:49 AM

Anahata has a set which he occasionally plays. They are very quiet compared with the Swain pipes he also plays. Think Northumbrian pipes - that is the sort of noise level, but they are not so sweet.( That is my opinion, for what it's worth.)
They are good to play along with - we have a couple of duets on English concertina & Leicestershire small pipes.
We live in a detached house - that was because he had the pipes before we went house-hunting :)
Mary


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Subject: RE: Leicestershire small pipes
From: treewind
Date: 05 Jul 07 - 11:51 AM

Yes, I do have a set, in D. They are made by Julian Goodacre.

They are not as smooth and sophisticated as some other smallpipes, but they are fun, and by the way not very loud. My Swayne pipes (student set in G, with two drones) are MUCH louder.

There's a reason why we live in a detached house!

Progress is slow unfortunately, as I sometimes don't play them for weeks on end.

The Leics pipes have a range of an octave and a note, from low C# to top D. Overblowing doesn't work (smallpipes, cylindrical bore, I'll spare you the physics lesson)

I also have a Bulgarian gaida that still smells of goat.

Anahata


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Subject: RE: Leicestershire small pipes
From: MBSLynne
Date: 05 Jul 07 - 11:51 AM

Does anyone know the history of them?

Love Lynne


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Subject: RE: Leicestershire small pipes
From: treewind
Date: 05 Jul 07 - 11:51 AM

SNAP!


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Subject: RE: Leicestershire small pipes
From: treewind
Date: 05 Jul 07 - 12:55 PM

"anyone know the history of them?"
Most English bagpipe designs are based on very scanty evidence such as old pictures and carvings found in churches, or drawings in old books. Occasionally actual relics of pipe chanters are found, which makers study in great detail and take loads of measurements. The rest is imagination combined with experimentation to get a pipe that is playable and in some recognisable pitch.

The Leicestershire pipes were based on such a design that happened to be found somewhere in Leicestershire. There is no evidence that similar pipes were widely popular in that region, but it's as good a name as any to distinguish it from others.

You could email Julian - contact details are on his web site. He's very friendly, especially to anyone who's interested in his pipes and I'm sure he can tell you the whole story. Or go to the next Blowout - he's likely to be there, we've been to one and it's a very fun weekend unless you don't like bagpipes!

Anahata


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Subject: RE: Leicestershire small pipes
From: MBSLynne
Date: 05 Jul 07 - 01:32 PM

I LOVE bagpipes of all sorts.

It was Julian's site I found when I Googled them. I'll e-mail him and see what he can tell me.

Love Lynne


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