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Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by TonyTheTiger, Apr 29, 2013.
I bet you get some weird looks if you continue to bowl like that.
I miss the little alley that was by my house when I lived in MA.
Is that the same as Duckpins? I've played that a few times. Smaller ball with no finger holes, and the pins are a bit skinnier and spaced to make it much harder to get a strike.
Sounds like it... candlepin balls are like big skeeballs and the pins are shaped different.
Not sure what the ones with the bands are, but the others are duckpin, candlepin and regular pin.
I think the duckpin and candlepin balls are the same.
In the '60s and '70s, a lot of places had a local "Bowling for Dollars" TV show.
Except Boston. Boston had "Candlepins for Cash."
I've never played a bagpipe, but I've played another wind instrument which had an intermediate chamber, instead of being a straight stick where your breath directly controls the air in the pipe.
With a pipe, you have a much better feel for how much air pressure you need to maintain to hold a steady note. Once you introduce that bag in the middle of things, you don't get the same feedback. It's super-easy to have either under-pressure, or over-pressure, in which case you get squeaks or nothing.
In short -- it looks like it might be easier to keep a steady pressure if you are filling the bag, and then using the bag pressure to play. But I wouldn't bet on it.
One mistake a lot of people made: they had the mouthpiece in the center of their mouth, the way you would blow into a recorder. Notice that the pipers who were teaching them had the mouthpiece off to the side. No wonder all the racers were getting muscle fatigue -- they were probably trying to blow like you do when you blow up a balloon, instead of holding the mouthpiece in place and breathing from their diaphragms.
I wasted many hours watching that! It was on '73-'82.
The one in the middle with the band is from 5-pin bowling, which is apparently only played in Canada (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Five-pin_bowling). As the name suggests, there are only 5 pins, arranged in a "V" pattern (which means if you throw your first ball straight down the middle, there's a good chance you'll take out just the middle pin, making it a lot harder to pick up the spare). Like the others, it is also played with a smaller ball than 10-pin, with no finger holes.
According to Wikipedia, the duckpin with the band is a variant of duckpin called rubber band duckpin.