Chuck Cochrane’s two hundred and thirty-six comments

  • Re: Names of bands

    I always wanted to name a bandv Seamus Ennis (because tongue in cheek it sounds kind of like "Shameless Anus") as a tribute to the Pogues (they wanted to call themselves "Pogue Mó Thoìn or Kiss my Arse but had to change it). Could never get the rest of ... more…

  • Re: Burns supper last night?

    I used to pipe for the Burns Nicht Suppers with the Pikes Peak Society, but there was some internal strife back in the late 90's and the society has ne'er really recovered from it. Don't know what the strammash was over, but it deeply divided the members... more…

  • Re: Bass buttons

    Watch Phil Cunningham play and you'll see he uses the bass for accompaniement with ITM or STM. Some of what he did with Silly Wizard is flat amazing. more…

  • Re: From Irish music and tin whistle to Scottish music and Scottish pipes

    Yes, the fingerings are needed. You're dealing with an open chanter with a conical bore, so the fingerings were devised to keep the chanter in temperment from the low G to the high A. While it's not impossible to learn on your own, it is more difficult t... more…

  • Re: Would you Adam and Eve it?

    And here I thought the subject thread was asking if one was willing to play naked or not. Sorry, couldn't let that one slide by. more…

  • Re: no truss rod in a vintage banjo?

    Mark's spot on. The "Steel Reinforced" trend didn't really take off until after World War 2. It became a common feature on budget instruments at that time (I've an early 50's Harmony Tenor with the wee tale tell label on the back of the headstock). Unle... more…

  • Re: Is it damaging to keep a wooden, keyed flute out of it’s case ready to play if it’s otherwise properly cared for?

    I'm sorry, I'm a bit old school and still subscribe to never leaving an instrument out of its case except when playing or pausing for short breaks. As a part time instrument repairman for 40 years, I've seen and worked on more instruments that were dama... more…

  • Re: Good to be playing again

    I began developing Dupuytren's Contractions in the middle and ring fingers of my Left hand nearly two years ago. After endless numerous PT visits and steroid injections in the offending tendon sheath, I've not noticed any significant improvement. It's st... more…

  • Re: How do string instruments manage stay in tune with themselves?

    Theoretically, as long as the tuning pegs or geared tuners don't slip, the instrument should stay in fairly close tune with itself. However there's a load of dependent and independent variables that can cause the temperment to decay at uneven rates. more…

  • Re: Do tuning forks go out of tune?

    I've used Tuning Forks, Pitchpipes, Strobo tuners and digital tuners. I've tuned against the untunable instruments, but I've never tried any of the phone apps. For the most part I prefer digital tuners as my hearing is going South. Certain frequencies ha... more…