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Old 21-04-08, 03:59 PM   #1
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Default Chanter of the month club.......

Okay, so I'm sure I'm not the only one out there that is a chanter freak.

I can't seem to stop buying new stuff and I'm always trying to improve my sound. I love experimenting too.

So I'm wondering, all of you out there, what's your current favorite chanter flavor of the month?

I just got an McC2 in blackwood and I'm really impressed with it. It's got a very nice tone. All the notes are very stable and it takes a number of reeds well.

I've currently got a nice stiff Higgins in it and it's really going good. Just a touch of tape on the high G and the E. I had a weak Troy in there just prior to the Higgins and it sounded okay but I had a wee touch of tape on every hole but high and low A, and B.

As far as tone goes, I'd put this almost on the level with a good Naill. I think Naill still has that special edge for me, but this McC2 is much easier to reed.

What about you?

Shawn
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I am a chanter freak. And I am quickly becoming a bagpipe freak. I like all kinds of pipes and chanters for many different reasons.

Two chanters that I think are seriously underappreciated from a band perspective are the new Gibson (redesigned in the last 3 or 4 months) and Warmac chanters. Last summer the Canadian Airforce sent a band comprised of all of the pipemajors and regular armed forces pipers and drummers to Russia to participate in a Military tattoo with such groups as the Scots Guards etc, in red square. They brought along a set of new Warmac chanters for the occasion and the feedback from the band members afterwards was that the chanters were fantastic and pitched perfectly with the other bands.

Solo wise, I think the Strathmore is the best around. Naill is an incredibly close second, and so is the McC2.
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Old 22-04-08, 04:11 PM   #3
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I am a chanter freak. And I am quickly becoming a bagpipe freak. I like all kinds of pipes and chanters for many different reasons.

Two chanters that I think are seriously underappreciated from a band perspective are the new Gibson (redesigned in the last 3 or 4 months) and Warmac chanters. Last summer the Canadian Airforce sent a band comprised of all of the pipemajors and regular armed forces pipers and drummers to Russia to participate in a Military tattoo with such groups as the Scots Guards etc, in red square. They brought along a set of new Warmac chanters for the occasion and the feedback from the band members afterwards was that the chanters were fantastic and pitched perfectly with the other bands.

Solo wise, I think the Strathmore is the best around. Naill is an incredibly close second, and so is the McC2.

What about Sinclairs?
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Sinclair is a very nice chanter as well. Very powerful sounding chanter with pleasing harmonics. Not terribly well suited to piobaireachd playing though in my experience. The high G's tend to screech on a piob style hi G. They're also about twice the price of everything else. Available only from Sinclair. Second hand ones tend to be heavily carved. There have been fakes circulating on the internet so be very careful. Anything earlier than the 90's would generally be almost played out and difficult to reed in my experience.

Everyone that has one prizes it.

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Bobby,

My Gibson poly chanter is only about 2 yrs old, how much different are the new Gibsons, what pitch, etc....
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Essentially theyve gone back to a really good design they had in the 90's that was very popular for them. Much easier to reed up. Pitch isn't a whole lot different, maybe a bit lower. I've played one of them and I found it quite pleasant.
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Top 20 solo pipers all play Nialls. That's a clue!
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It's probably correct that the majority of the top class pipers are using a Naill chanter. But Willie McCallum is using his own McCallum McC2 chanter, both Bruce Gandy and Gordon Walker use the standard McCallum chanter (band model) and I don't think Angus McColl has a Naill chanter.

Which top class pipers use Gibson drones and/or Gibson chanter, that would be interesting to know? With top class players, I mean pipers who play at the gold medal level or above.
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Greg Abbott (Indiana) won the Gold Medal in Maxville a few years ago playing a Gibson chanter & drones, Robt Watt (as I'm told) plays a Gibson chanter...there's others too, however, I'm not around the games enough to quote them here.

This may be worth a look http://www.gibsonpipes.com/pipe_chanters.htm

There's no denying that the Nail seems to be the solo chanter of choice at the moment...with a few MacCallums & Gibsons thrown into the mix...& a few years ago it was all about "only" Hardie & Sinclair...

Good sound is still good sound...& I'd say it's a very good thing that we have more than just one maker putting out the effort to bring a nice chanter for solo work to the marketplace.

Can you imagine trying to "sqeek out a profit" to make such a thing realistic...by attempting to sell things to...us ???

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To the best of my knowledge, Angus MacColl is playing a Strathmore chanter. He was on the Lord Todd piping DVD made in 2007.

For what it's worth, I'm a very big Naill lover when it comes to chanter tone but I've recently been changing my tune. I currently am playing an McC2 and it is the best chanter I've ever played bar NONE. So easy to reed and none of the niggling issues you have to deal with with Naill.

It just suits my drones and my set up very well, and the top hand is gorgeous with my favorite reeds.

Shawn

PS. Kron also makes an exceptional chanter, the Medalist.
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