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Author:  Seamie [ Wed Feb 12, 2020 9:24 am ]
Post subject:  MacRae Highland pipes by McCallum

Hi Highlanders.....
Anyone have any personal feedback on Duncan MaRae pipes from McCallum? I play Kintails and Naill- both with very different drone characteristics and have become curiouser & curiouser about these pipes. Looking for some insights from a human piper, as opposed a listening to a member of the Justice League like Liddell (which I could do all day....s)

Author:  pancelticpiper [ Thu Feb 20, 2020 7:15 am ]
Post subject:  Re: MacRae Highland pipes by McCallum

A fellow in our Pipe Band plays a set.

They're lovely looking. The shapes of the mounts are much more traditional and elegant than the modern boxy McCallum style.

The CNC engraving on the alloy ferrules is the nicest I've seen on pipes. So much CNC engraving looks like graphic design clip-art. On the MacRae pipes the CNC engraving looks more traditional.

The drones have a big rich tone.

One thing to be aware of is that McCallum copied the bore specs on Liddell's original MacRaes including the fact that the two tenors had different specs.

I've owned several 100+ year old pipes and this feature was common. AFAIK McCallum is the first modern maker to do it.

Back in the day of cane drone reeds it wasn't an issue. Cane is infinitely variable and you would go through dozens of reeds finding the exact perfect reed for each of your three drones. Having the two tenors vary wouldn't matter one bit; they're never exactly the same anyhow.

But today we purchase synthetic drone reed sets and the two tenor reeds are the same, meaning that while they might work fine in one tenor they might not be ideal for the other tenor.

This is what's happened to the guy in our band. One of his tenors is fine, the other is wonky. It's finicky about striking in.

I told him it would be a matter of thinking of his tenors as individual instruments, and that he will probably end up with two different makes of tenor drone reeds.

Author:  Seamie [ Thu Feb 20, 2020 8:32 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: MacRae Highland pipes by McCallum

Some good information, Rich. Thank you

Author:  pancelticpiper [ Sun Feb 23, 2020 6:44 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: MacRae Highland pipes by McCallum

Talked to the piper yesterday, he said he has the issue sorted.

He's using the same brand of synthetic reed in both tenors, the two are adjusted differently to suit each.

Author:  Seamie [ Mon Feb 24, 2020 4:41 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: MacRae Highland pipes by McCallum

Ah....just what we pipers need- more reeds to tweak (s)

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