Larry S. - Phase 3 - 6/8 March - (4 Parts)

Hey Larry! Thanks for your submission. You did well here except the drone reed was still in the drone. You want to take the reed out of the drone hooked up to the manometer. You sounded steady but I want to be sure for next week. I'll show this to Carl in case he wants to make an exception but that is part of the rules. I think you'll have it next week. Keep up the good work!

Phase 3 Result: 6/7 Requirements Achieved

Bass drone at 45 degree angle? Yes
Blowpipe in center of mouth? Yes
Chanter position centered? Yes
Squeezing Arm impinged? No
Frantic blowing cadence? No
Blowing Steady? not sure? drone reed was in but sounded good
Drones out of tune (with each other) No

Overall Basic Instrument Operation Comments from Andy:
Well done Larry. One issue is that the drone reed should be taken out of the drone seat when hooked up to the manometer (the one that is plugged in to the manometer). It can give a bit of a false reading if the drone reed is still in. I only really noticed it because you took your manometer off the drone and then struck in and tuned the middle tenor. I think you'll pass next week but I'd like to see you do it again with the drone reed out of the middle tenor.

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One of the biggest fears some pipers have is that one of their drone reeds will suddenly come out of its reed seat and fall into the pipebag, leaving you with no ability to play. If this ever happens, trust me here, it will occur during one of your most important performances. But there is a way to totally eliminate the possibility of a drone reed becoming dislodged, and that is to “thread” the reed seat using a commonly found tool.