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Blowpipe Problem

by Jesse
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Question:


Hi Sir. I am a beginner on piping which i know not much but to ask the question ........... I Blow into my bagpipes and i read there's a stopper in the blow pipe , I fill the bag with air and get my drones going but when i get ready to blow again air leaves out the blowpipe with a sputter feel on my lips when i get ready to blow again the air in the bag needs filled again. Is my stopper bad or am i not forcing air enough in the bag? Sorry for the inconvenience. Thank u Sir. Jesse


Bill's Reply:

Thank you, Jesse, for your enquiry. I am assuming that the valve you have is a flap valve that is not operating properly. Remove the blow stick and blow through it then suck back to find out how much the flap is not covering the hole at the bottom as it should to prevent air escaping when taking a quick breath when playing.


If the flap of the valve is of synthetic material it should not need some moistening at first, as would a leather valve. I think the matching of the valve for the flap to close the air properly and needs to be realigned to fit over the hole. The binding that holds the valve would have to be removed; the stem of the valve placed in a way to allow the valve flap to function properly; place some few strands of binding over the stem to hold in place while you test much as mentioned almost at the beginning of this. When the placement is correct re-bind the blow piece joint to fit firmly, yet without being too tight in case too much moisture swells the binding and cracks the wooden stock.


If you would like more information on the blow stick and the flap valve, I can send you a page with illustrations to help further, providing I have your e mail address.


I trust this helps. Any further questions or clarification, please do not hesitate to ask.


Best wishes,

Bill Robertson.

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Nov 15, 2013
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blow stick air
by: Anonymous

When you pull out the blow stick, try sucking on the mouth piece to see if the flapper valve is stopping the air (it should keep the air in the bag if it is sealing correctly). If it is allowing the air to flow thru you can lower the valve (rehemp) or bend the brass back plate over a little and try again. Also wet the flapper valve if it is leather.

Jun 06, 2010
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Blowpipe problem
by: Bill Robertson

Perhaps, Jesse, you might have a steady blowing problem too. If so, my videos im our site with my section on left of main page "Bagpipe articles" and clicking on Tuning exercise etc., to find about commencing to play showing steady blowing etc., initially then tuning etc.
Regards,
Bill

Jun 06, 2010
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Blowpipe problem
by: Bill Robertson

I assume that you have the slender metal stem with synthetic rubber flap valve. Please do as directed, and somehow pack the groove if there is one on your blowpipe at the bottom end where the valve would fit normally.A slender piece of leather or plastic to fit in the groove would probably do.Make sure your fitting is tested with a few strands of hemp (black or yellow)at first before fully binding.
I trust that helps.
Regards,
Bill

Jun 06, 2010
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Help with blow stick valve
by: Fledgling Piper

I am replacing my blowpipe valve and the metal piece does not fit into theslot. The very limited directions said "Do not insert in groove in blowpipe. Use black wax on hemp." This is not the way the original one was done. I just didn't want to do anything wrong.

Aug 10, 2009
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Blowing problem
by: Anonymous

Bill here, at last. Yes, you are correct. However, I answered separately (directly and not recorded here)in the past on the lips etc., and much as you say about certain exercises (pursing the lips etc.), but mainly regular small amounts of blowing when practsing with gradual increases in time to develop lip strength gradually etc.
Bill Robertson

Aug 08, 2009
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The dribbling player
by: Anonymous

The person is asking if there are some exercises that his or her son can do to stop him dribbling. I presume he needs lip exercises. Your answer talks about the blowpipe flap and how to fix it. With all due respect, this is not the question. Dave Schofield, Australia.

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