Terry McGee’s two hundred and seventy-two comments

  • Re: What’s your consecutive sessions record?

    @gbyrne - it's lucky we're both young yet, eh? more…

  • Re: What’s your consecutive sessions record?

    In my "2002 Self-Indulgent Flute-Makers Tour", I spent 64 days visiting 25 centers in 5 countries, and played in 32 sessions! Measured and studied 113 flutes in 14 collections, and talked flute and whistle making with 12 other makers, and with collectors... more…

  • Re: M&E Flute head joint stuck..help please!

    If the problem is due to breath condensate building up in the gap between inner and outer slides, it can often be fixed by heating a metal rod (e.g. a poker) to a high heat and rotating it around the inside of the barrel section where the two slides overl... more…

  • Re: Is the fipple plastic bit (fipple?) the cause of the raspy rattling sound on second octave of whistle?

    Or are you just reacting to the effect of a narrower bore? A narrow bore will "favour" the upper octave, to the extent that many will find it a bit shrill. A wide bore will "favour" a stronger lower octave, to the extent that some will argue the top oct... more…

  • Re: Modly flute

    Feel free to do any of these. We tend to hyperventilate about our flutes, but we have to remember that we are forever pouring water into them in the form of breath condensate. You can perfectly safely take a flute section and wash it inside and out in w... more…

  • Re: Name this song?

    Not perchance the (Whistling) Gypsy Rover? Seems to fit a few of your criteria.... more…

  • Re: English or Irish Song???

    I don't know if it's come up above, but here's Peggy Seeger, McColl's wife, singing the song. American voice, Appalachian Dulcimer. I'm not hearing Irish. more…

  • Re: English or Irish Song???

    Northern English, Gobby? I'd have said he reinvented himself as 105% Scottish! Remember he was born "Jimmy Miller" but that didn't fit his imagined persona. So you could add Scottish song to English song or Irish song. But McColl was also a committed ... more…

  • Re: Tweaking a Whistle

    I'm not attracted to aluminium in the mouth, but I could be being hyper-cautious. Aluminium tends to react with alkali compounds*, and I understand our saliva is alkaline. What about some heat-shrink tubing over the beak of the whistle? more…

  • Re: Death of Australian Flute maker Mike Grinter

    We seem to be having a rough trot in the Australian folk scene lately, losing singer and concertina player Danny Spooner and singer and 5 string banjo player Col McJannett last year, flute and concertina player Richard Conrick, hammer dulcimer maker Gilli... more…