NOTE: I'M STILL EXPERIMENTING WITH THIS THING - THOUGHT I'D PUT WHAT I HAVE TO DATE ON THE WEBPAGE. CHANGES LIKELY. The wine-bladder removed from wine boxes makes a very simple and usable "goose" when attached to your practice chanter. Such gooses (geese?) are a great help in learning to play (or practicing) bagpipe. They're a lot of fun too. The illustration is self explanitory. As in most of my "creations", nothing much is critical. A few construction notes: - After jamming the corks in place solidly, I made sure they'd stay by wrapping on a couple of winds of black electrician's tape. - Chose the size PVC pipe (for the chanter stock: - "F") that is just larger than the practice-chanter's plug-in part. Then wind on waxed cord til the chanter fits snugly into the PVC stock. If not too much is needed, dental floss works great. - A dab of silicone glue applied to the tubing where it goes through the corks helps seal & secure things. - The described water-balloon check-valve works very nicely. I tried a number of different balloons & configurations, but this was best. The reason for the eight or ten small holes is that with one large hole, the thing is very prone to "raspberry".
Dennis Havlena - W8MI Mackinac Straits, northern Michigan 2/14/01
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