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by Jerry Cargill
Sun May 22, 2022 8:00 pm
Forum: Free Reed Instruments: Squeezeboxes and Harmonicas.
Topic: What's a good b/c accordion for a beginner?
Replies: 3
Views: 31707

What's a good b/c accordion for a beginner?

Just interested in finding out about intro-level B/C accordions. Probably interested in Irish or Italian made, but have no idea where to start. I welcome your thoughts. I've looked at McNeela's line, but have a hard time finding reviews out of house.

Jerry
by Jerry Cargill
Fri May 13, 2022 4:18 am
Forum: Uilleann Pipe forum
Topic: Another Newbie Question: How interchangeable are chanters?
Replies: 2
Views: 2084

Another Newbie Question: How interchangeable are chanters?

I notice that often chanters are sold on their own, and a couple of times I have seen sets for sale without chanters. I've also seen sets for sale with multiple chanters from multiple makers. To a newbie like myself, it appears that you I could simply pop in a chanter from one pipemaker into the set...
by Jerry Cargill
Sat Feb 12, 2022 1:28 pm
Forum: Uilleann Pipe forum
Topic: Newbie questions.
Replies: 24
Views: 7770

Re: Newbie questions.

The guy sent me a video of them playing fine. But when I got them, I really couldn't get it to work correctly. Now obviously, theres a lot of things a new player can do wrong. So I'm obviously not 100% blaming the set. But, I could not get certain notes to play at all, and the tuning was really bad...
by Jerry Cargill
Sat Feb 12, 2022 7:05 am
Forum: Uilleann Pipe forum
Topic: Newbie questions.
Replies: 24
Views: 7770

Re: Newbie questions.

So, I see people who sell pipes, and reeds, and some selling just reeds. Now I have a few more questions: You can have a masterfully crafted chanter but the reed plays beautifully in Ireland, but like garbage in my own region. But if I pitch the Irish reed for one made in my region, I’m going to be ...
by Jerry Cargill
Mon Feb 07, 2022 9:33 am
Forum: Uilleann Pipe forum
Topic: Newbie questions.
Replies: 24
Views: 7770

Re: Newbie questions.

Thank you for your experience and expertise. About the reeds, and I realize I may be igniting a fire here, but with all of the difficulty that the reeds could potentially cause, it makes me wonder if a reed made from plastic or some kind of artificial material would be better for resisting alternati...
by Jerry Cargill
Sun Feb 06, 2022 7:41 am
Forum: Uilleann Pipe forum
Topic: Newbie questions.
Replies: 24
Views: 7770

Re: Newbie questions.

Should I be more concerned about buying the chanter ... Get a good chanter from a reputable pipe maker. Avoid eBay at all costs. Be suspicious of "great deals". I have done enough research on the topic to know that I should steer away from the Pakistani pipes. Some things that made impres...
by Jerry Cargill
Fri Feb 04, 2022 9:15 pm
Forum: Uilleann Pipe forum
Topic: Newbie questions.
Replies: 24
Views: 7770

Re: Newbie questions.

Chicago used to have a piping club. Have you talked to any locals? There is one. Sort of. There's a page on FB, but not a lot of posts in the last few years. I contacted the person who runs the page about lessons. He said he's taking a break from teaching, and I did not hear back after I asked him ...
by Jerry Cargill
Wed Feb 02, 2022 9:01 pm
Forum: Uilleann Pipe forum
Topic: Newbie questions.
Replies: 24
Views: 7770

Newbie questions.

Beginner questions: Hello, I’m about to begin my journey in piping. I have a couple of very basic questions. I’ve done a lot of reading on UPs over the last few months. The more I learn, the more I love this instrument. But I’m a bit unclear about a couple of things. Should I be more concerned about...
by Jerry Cargill
Fri Oct 22, 2021 2:05 pm
Forum: Teachers Wanted / Students Accepted
Topic: Uilleann Teacher in the Chicago Area
Replies: 0
Views: 4331

Uilleann Teacher in the Chicago Area

Hello,

I'm a beginner looking for a uilleann piping teacher in Chicago or vicinity. I'm on the NW side but willing to travel. Any recommendations welcome. Thanks!