Help for a Pipe Major please
(posted by Paula Allchin)
Andrew, aged 41, was the Pipe Major in a Scottish Pipe Band.
He contracted a bacterial infection which was destroying the tissue of his fingers and toes, and the only way to prevent this spreading any further was to amputate the infected tissue.
He would like to return to playing, if only to teach others, and his consultant contacted us and then referred him to Remap.
This is the gist of the message I sent to Andrew:
“I have looked at several solutions, but nothing so far is satisfactory. One line was keys like a clarinet, but that works “the wrong way round” – you press the key to open the hole. Also, the chanter is the wrong shape and the holes are too big. Another possibility is a palm-plate with articulated plates to close the holes (photo); I have made a rough “proof of concept” one with leather hinges, but they twist. Small metal hinges seem to be the answer, but they need to be sprung, and they need to be orientated in the right direction. The length is critical, and we still have the problem of closing the holes in the chanter – we need soft, shaped pads”.
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