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 Post subject: Availability of VPipes
PostPosted: Thu Jun 18, 2020 1:02 pm 
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Hi, can any of you tell me where I might get a crash 'up to date' on VPipes? Are they still being made? Is there a manufacturer's outlet or
an online seller etc? A young child is about to enter our household and I may soon need the headphones facility. I'd appreciate any information any
of you can supply.
Thanks in advance.


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 20, 2020 12:02 am 
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Have you tried shooting them a message from the website? https://www.vpipes.com/wp/contact

It looks pretty up-to-date...and quite bizarrely it has their full bank details available. Maybe you're just meant to send them a random sum of money and they'll send you back some pipes? Seems like a solid plan to me, anyway.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2020 10:31 am 
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Thanks Lozq,
I like your idea of sending a (low) random sum and just sit back and wait for a set of pipes. But after my experiences with Santa and the Easter Bunny
I would need convincing on Bank Buddy. I was just wondering if anyone had recently gone through the whole process - agreed a price, sent the cash and received a set of pipes? Has any of our members done that recently?


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2020 5:53 pm 
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I did this a year or so ago. Ramon was pretty good with emails and keeping me updated with how everything was going. Happy with the end result too!


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2020 3:42 pm 
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I hears recently Ramon was taking a break and not making at the mo


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 24, 2020 10:03 am 
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Oxtershuffler, you might want to check out the Uilleann Obsession classifieds: http://www.uilleannobsession.com/classifieds.html

There are a handful of old "for sale" listings for vPipes -- the most recent is from 2016, but probably still worth a shot!


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 24, 2020 1:07 pm 
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Thanks lads for the help.

Tom_S - thanks, but I think I have to agree with 'buskerSean'.
There seems to be zero response these days from Mr Castro.
I am curious about why his bank details are up online but there's no response to emails.

I suppose I'll have to keep an eye out for a second-hand set.
Thanks too to truckley_howler but there's nothing on Uilleann Obsession at the moment.

I'll have to look for a really quiet reed instead.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 24, 2020 2:48 pm 
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Check out listings #40, #45, #47, and #63 on Uilleann Obsession. They are a few years old, but still haven't moved to the "sold" section -- and I've had very good luck in the past responding to very old classified ads on that site!


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 27, 2020 8:25 am 
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Thanks truckley_howler. I'll give it a shot.
I wonder does Mr Castro use this site?
Doesn't look like it.


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Warbl might be an option as well.


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 28, 2020 3:31 am 
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A friend of mine spoke to Ramon in March and he said he wasn’t making at mo.


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 28, 2020 9:44 am 
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Thanks BuskerSean for the update


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Thanks make_fast for the info.
Warbl looks interesting.
Have you ever heard it 'in the flesh'? How realistic is the Uilleann Pipes mode?
Sounds good in the demo.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2020 6:24 am 
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Never heard it, but it will be as good as your midi pack is (it is a midi controller). If you wanted to know what it would sound like prior to purchasing I would just pick up the Celtic Winds iOS midi pack - it will sound just like that. Which should be exactly as it was in the demo.

How well it tracks with the realities of playing the instrument I don't know, but that isn't really the primary concern for e-pipes.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 30, 2020 10:59 am 
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Thanks again make_fast.
I'm feeling the bug begin to bite on this.
My first step into the world of electronics and Midi - and it's about 40 years overdue.
I'll take your advice and get the Celtic Winds app and take it from there.


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