As for bands playing them, dont think there are any. Although they have a great sound and are very versatile they arent really built for performance. I used them for some gigs whilst saving up for BorderPipes, but they can cause embarrasment with some of the things they do!
You must explain! I was going to give them to the piper in my life, as a present, but maybe not now...
Do they consume beans or what?
They are usable as a performance instrument, through PA etc but they arent really build to do that. They give out a huge pop when you turn them on if they are through a PA, you can only use stereo big to small jack to jack cables to hook them into an amp and they play Amazing Grace if the battery gets low!
So, with the exception of the pop they are usuable for such things, you just need to keep on top of them!
Still highly reccomended though, great fun and no beans neccessary!
... they play Amazing Grace if the battery gets low! . Surely not through the PA too? That sounds like a wee bit of a design fault. What is wrong with a flashing light?
Anyway, thanks for explaining the source(s) of embarrassment.
I got mine second-hand. They work well with some amps and very badly with others, and I havent figured out why. (My attempts to understand how amplifiers work date back to when vacuum tubes werent retro, and I still dont get them). Battery-powered computer speakers are fine.
It would be useful if they could be made to simulate a closed chanter, by producing silence with all fingers down. I suggested that to Deger; no response.
Just to let you know - I taped my degerpipes onto my highland pipes - plugged them into a huge PA, put them into the key of Fsharp and played along with the rock group The Darkness at the SECC in front of 6000 people last night!!!!!! and they performed great!!!!! (a shameless plug)
Although I do know what you mean, they would have been better if they had an obvious on/off button and I am sure the soundmen wouldve preferred them if they didnt have a mini jack output. But on the other hand - no worries about tuning the pipes, just being given the nod two minutes before going on then grabbing my pipes, confidence of being spot in tune with the band - Im actually wondering whether Im going to go back to the real highland pipes!! ;-)
Well done that man.
1. Use a volume pedal between deger and PA to remove pop noise (ie turn deger on then put voulme up) also makes playing with band much easier generally
2. Degers are suseptible to active devices - for example plug them strraight into a guitar effects unit and the deger can be erratic - always put them through a passive device first - like a tuner.
3. a tuner is also handy to let yopu know the deger is no before putting voume pedal up
4. always put in a new battery before every gig - probably overkill but better than the low battery tune at an inapproriate moment. finally - and its a personal thing - i only ever use them in small pipe mode - more convincing than the highland pipe sound....
Do you find that the grace notes are not as tight as one would hope for? Great sound though.
The feature I miss is a mode where all fingers down stops the chanter sound, so you could emulate a keyless Northumbrian pipe.