Bagpipe bags

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Bagpipe bags

Post by elbowpipe » Thu Jul 23, 2020 1:31 pm

For anyone like me driven by vanity and how things look, I've been experimenting with putting the WARBL into my uilleann set, with some success. Firstly I created an adaptor between the plastic pipe coming out of the WARBL and the mouth of the bag, from one of these plastic screw-on tops for silicone tubes. Cut enough off the narrow end to allow the pipe to squeeze through, and on the other end cut it so it just fits into the bag mouth (with some white plumbers tape).
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Fairly quickly got both octaves working, but the main problem was that no matter how I experimented with pressure settings, the chanter wouldn't go silent. Then I switched on 'bagless' and configured button 3 to switch chanter on/off, also played around with 'threshold' and 'multiplier. At present 66 and 20 respectively seems to work, but it will all depend on your physical approach. I found I had to 'think bag not bellows' to make it work. I'm considering the PUC+ bluetooth emulator to reduce the number of cables, although its expensive. Anyone else using this?

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Re: Bagpipe bags

Post by admin » Thu Jul 23, 2020 7:03 pm

Sounds good! If the sound won't stop when you release the bag, it may be that the calibration pressure is set to low. With a bag, it's best to use the "learn or enter pressure" setting. That way you can "teach" it what pressure to use for turning the sound on or off (or you can enter a pressure value). See this thread: viewtopic.php?f=3&t=134

Just let me know if you have questions about that.

I know that some people have used the PUC+ successfully (I'm not sure if they still make it, though (?)). With any Bluetooth adapter there will be a small amount of added latency, but I've been told that the PUC+ is one of the better ones on that regard.
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Re: Bagpipe bags

Post by 2Dog » Fri Jul 24, 2020 1:32 am

I use the PUC+ and bag mode all the time. Works great but I don't think they are still in production. I use Mac and ios and never had any issues with it. I found mine used on Reverb.com years ago and used it with other wind-controllers and keyboards. Make sure you get the wires that came with it. PS do not get the original PUC as it was wifi midi and I had to return that when they first came out.
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Re: Bagpipe bags

Post by Fiddlerwill » Tue Jul 28, 2020 10:21 pm

I use the yamaha, better than the original PUC, i notice no lag

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Re: Bagpipe bags

Post by 2Dog » Sat Aug 08, 2020 6:24 pm

My Electric Chair. Boda Bag, PUC+, adjustable strap and iPad mini. If iPad hooked to amp you have freedom to march around but I chose to recline. https://photos.app.goo.gl/zm3TtW4jcLxNdyvPA
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Re: Bagpipe bags

Post by admin » Mon Aug 10, 2020 7:50 pm

Nice! I was looking at bota bags online recently in my ongoing attempts to find a more aesthetically pleasing alternative to the blue water bottles. There are some that look nice but appear to be rigid plastic, and so wouldn't work. I'm hoping there may be one that combines reasonable appearance and affordability.
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Re: Bagpipe bags

Post by 2Dog » Mon Aug 10, 2020 9:27 pm

I made one out of a rigid plastic water bottle and it worked. Wrapped a beer cozy around it so it didn't make a noticeable crinkle sound when squeezed and look like I was getting an I. V. Attached an over-shoulder strap using velcro ties around the bottle for attach points. Favorite still is the my WARBLatee that had a frontal-la-bottlame. Put the bottle you sell inside the stuffed Manatee.
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