McCallum Oval Mouthpiece (IN STOCK)
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Oval bagpipe mouthpiece by McCallum.
What length blowpipe should I play?
|Players Height||Blowpipe Length||Bag Size|
|5'- 2" or less||8 or less||Small|
|5'- 3" to 5'- 6"||8 9||Extended Small|
|5'- 7" to 5'- 8"||9 9.5||Extended Small|
|5'- 9" to 5'- 10"||10||Medium|
|5'- 11" to 6'- 0||10 11||Medium|
|6'- 1" to 6'- 4||11||Med or Large|
|6'- 5" or more||
Why is the Blowpipe length important?
The proper length of your Blowpipe has a great deal to do with the comfort of your bagpipe. With the pipe bag tucked under your arm the blowpipe should be in the middle of your mouth, if your head is forced back or to the side, the blowpipe is too long. If you are hunched forward, the blowpipe is too short. If you are using a standard blowpipe the easiest way to get the correct length is to unscrew the existing mouthpiece and try some different length mouthpieces. Round mouthpiecesare available in lengths from 2.5" to 6". Oval mouthpiecesare available in 3.5", 4.5" & 5.5" lengths. You may wish to experiment with both the round and the oval as most pipers find one more comfortable than the other.1" Blowpipe extensionare also available. These screw onto the end of your existing blowpipe and increase its length 1" at a time. Most of the older sets of bagpipes have a blowpipe and mouthpiece with a small diameter bore. The minimum diameter for the bore should be at least 5/16". If the bore is less than this, it should be enlarged. A good way to check to see if the blowpipe is non restrictive is to fill your lungs and blow as hard as you can through the blowpipe, if you can't empty your lungs in 1 second the blowpipe or mouthpiece is too restrictive, have it bored out. There are some very good plastic blowpipes available some have a built in valve and some have an adjustable length. One that has both these features is the Flexistick It has a large bore with a large built in valve, an adjustable length, and the angle of the blowpipe can be adjusted as well. If you play a wooden blowpipe, dry the inside with a pull through or a chanter drying brush after each session in order to avoid cracking and warping of the wood. Both plastic and wood blowpipes should be cleaned once every 4 months with a soft bristle brush and warm water to remove debris. With each of these procedures care must be taken in order not to damage the valve. Add a pull through, chanter drying brush, and soft bristle brush to your pipe case. A spare valve is also a must.