Hende Rockets in Dunbar and Glencoe (aka Lawrie)

I figured I’d have a go with the Hende Rockets in a set of Dunbar pipes to get a good feel for them in surely Henderson bores. As I mentioned previously, my 1950’s Hendersons resemble a 1987 set of Naill’s pretty close, it would seem to me anyway. A while back a spreadsheet of bagpipe measurements was going around. I grabbed it, saved it, and added some of my own to it. You can see the comparison of my Henderson’s to a set of late 80’s Naill’s here. Anywho…recordings!

These are a friend’s Dunbars. Whatcha think, they made of blackwood or delrin?

Fair Maid, Unst Bridal March, and The Quaker – sorry about high G!

Then I swapped the Hende-spec Rocket bass out for my Naill-spec Rocket bass, at least, I think I did, I don’t really remember, this was recorded a couple days ago and I’m just a few months shy of 30 so my memory is fading faster everyday.

74th’s Slow March, Gravel Walk, Hen Wife’s Daughter, and Lady Doll Sinclair – high G again, time to pull that reed out or move somewhere humid (haha, yeah right)

A couple days later I plugged the Hende-spec Rockets into my Glencoe (supposedly Lawrie-spec) bagpipes. Different chanter and reed than above which was the band chanter. The Glencoe has the same chanter stock bore as my solo Gellaitry pipes so this is my solo chanter. Both are out of tune, doh.

Hector the Hero, the Swallow’s Tail, and Rakish Paddy – I promise I’m not showing off with the speed, I just didn’t want to burn the pizza!

Sleep Dearie Sleep, Old Chanter, and Leisa McCord – I actually hit quite a few of these birls. Can you hear the unfortunately consistent crossing noise? I’ll give you a hint, it’s to C.

Angus MacKinnon and Ellenor – I actually recorded these first as I was warming up. I still need to work on the dot/cut of Angus, it’s a bit round. And as always, my C taorluaths suck just a bit more than my B ones do. :o)

3 thoughts on “Hende Rockets in Dunbar and Glencoe (aka Lawrie)

  1. I would agree with poly Dunbars (only because you asked). I actually thought they sounded really nice. Just a complete organic sound. WIth the Nail bass I think there wasn’t as much warmth, as though something was missing (other than a the G)

    If in fact the Dunbars were poly, that would be a great recording to share with the people that think that anything but wood is substandard.

    Still waiting on the Henderson Rockets in the Robertson’s.

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