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John Elliott's Product Reviews

  • Kinnaird Carbon Fibre Drone Reeds Nice tone and stable, October 6th, 2010
    Stable is actually the reason that I want to comment on these. I recently had the chance to play at 11000, 9000 feet, 1500 feet and sea level all in the same week. I was completely impressed at how well the Kinnairds handled the drastic change in environment. They provided the same rich tone in my Robertson's regardless of location.
  • Technopipes by Fagerstrom Stuck like glue!, October 6th, 2010
    I just can\'t put the Technopipes down. I am sure that I have doubled my practice time by being able to play in places like waiting rooms, buses, planes and of course at home when I don\'t want to bother anyone. The ability to adjust the pitch is one of my favorite features as it allows for adjustment to play along with a recording without the \'pain\' of being a few cents off from the recorded pipes. Just remember to take them out of your bag and put them in the bin with your shoes and laptop when going through airport security. Every time I forget , they need to hand search my bag.
  • Piper's Pal Reed Protector Great solution, October 6th, 2010
    I am getting much more life out of my reeds since using the Piper's Pal. No more mold and much faster warmups.
  • Gordon Duncan - Thunderstruck CD Amazing, October 6th, 2010
    An incredible recording of an incredible piper. Great fun to listen to such creative piping.
  • Hamish Moore - Stepping on the Bridge CD What small pipes should sound like, October 6th, 2010
    I am inspired every time I listen to Hamish Moore play. The musicality of these tunes would make anyone want to play the small pipes.
  • McCallum McC2 Gold Blackwood Chanter Great chanter, October 6th, 2010
    This is an excellent chanter. Easy to reed. Nice tone. Great feel in the hands. A winner all around.
  • Reed Absorb Fantastic!, October 6th, 2010
    I ws sceptical when I was given one of these, but not only do they work, they work great. I can play for an hour easily without needing to blow out the PC. I wouldn't go without one now.
  • Rhythmic Fingerwork by Jim McGillivray Break the plateau, October 8th, 2010
    This is THE tool to help you to break a plateau. The exercises are well thought out and easy to learn. With Jim's CD to guide you, this will help to take you to the next level.
  • Gannaway Hide Pipe Bag Great moisture control, October 6th, 2010
    This is a great bag if you are a bit of a wet blower like I am. It handles the moisture well and has a great feel to it as well. The only thing I would do differently is not have the precut holes. While they are handy, there is little room for customizing the fit.
  • Inverness Cape Oops, October 6th, 2010
    No frills, keeps you dry should be a 4 star, not a one.
  • Kilberry Book - Piobaireachd A must have, October 6th, 2010
    If you are love the the big music, this is the book to have. My only regret is not having purchased the larger format while they were still around.
  • Naill Blackwood Solo Chanter Comfortable, October 6th, 2010
    Whle the tone on the Naill is excellent, the feel of it is the real winner for me. Have had good luck reeding with Shepherd, Apps, Elliott, and on the higher pitch end Abedour.
  • Naill Blackwood Solo Chanter Nice but.., October 6th, 2010
    This is a very nice flask. Unlike a number of flasks that I have seen, it has a nice seal so that it doesn't leak. The quality is excellent. I would however highly recommend a leather case for it. The finish picks up scratches easily if it is just tossed in the sporran.
  • Hearing Protection Ear Plugs Save your ears, October 6th, 2010
    I switched to these from the much higher tech 'ball o' cotton' last year. It is remarkable how they reduce the volume without making the sound overly muddy. I had been considering custom made plugs at my doctors recommendation, but they are great at a fraction of the price.
  • Bodhran - Absolute Beginners DVD Tutor Pretty good, October 8th, 2010
    Not a bad tutorial, but, from my perspective, it still requires a live instructor. It is a great place to get your feet wet though.
  • Piper Brogues Happy Feet, October 6th, 2010
    I got these to avoid wearing out my super comfortable Gaelic Themes leather soled Ghillies. I now have no fear of doing that, these are all that I am wearing. These are, without a doubt the most comfortable shoes that I own.
  • Inverness Cape No frills, keeps you dry, October 6th, 2010
    Does what it needs to do. Keeps you dry. Nothing fancy, but it is light enough to carry comfortably on your belt.
  • Fry's Orange Cream The BEST, October 6th, 2010
    The richest most wonderful candy a person can buy. If you like orange, you will not believe how amazing adding dark chocolate is. You will love these!