Here are a few tips on maintaining the pipes. PRESENTLY BEING UPDATED.
When I started playing the pipes in the 1960s, access to experienced pipe makers was very limited. So I had to maintain my pipes. Through this process, I learnt a great deal about maintenance and how, as a player, I ensured my pipes were in peek playing condition even in the most demanding of situations. I can recall many times, when I have been getting ready to play in a concert only to find a lose pad, or an unstable drone reed. Thankfully, I knew what to do and went on stage as is nothing had happened. Now I pride myself on the fact that I can pick up my pipes and know they will be in good playing condition; the drones stable and the chanter in tune. On a day-to-day basis they need minimal maintenance. An interesting fact I often tell people is that I look after my pipes so well that the chanter is always in tune and I’ve played the same reed for 30 years.
Over the next few months, I’m putting together a series of short videos explaining how to maintain the pipes. .
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In the interim, you may also find my Handbook for the Northumbrian Small Pipes a useful reference source.