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Old 29-08-06, 12:04 AM   #1
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Default Wood or plastic chanters for solos?

Just after a general idea of what others think on this topic. I have two chanters, a brand new Naill blackwood solo chanter, beautifuly crafted and wonderful sound, but I also have a crappy old Warnock band chanter that no matter how hard I try, can't help but love the bright audible clarity of the plastic over the wood. Recently I used the plastic chanter over the wood in a solo, and the judge chirped me for using the plastic over the wood after he had previously heard my wooden one.

Is he right or should he get with the times and the pitch of today?
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Personally I'd go fer wood (Sinclair). There is a sweetness from wood I don't think the Tupperware can replicate.
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Gotta agree with Redneck on this one. The wood does it for me - personally i use Niall but the Sinclair is fantastic as well, that's what my tutor plays at the College.

At the end of the day, it's down to personal preference but for solos, wood wins hands down for me!
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The Naill soloist chanter is amazing, wood or plastic. The wood gives a deeper, richer tone, I think. Listening to the Gold Medal Peeb'rack, in Maxville this year, all of the competitors used wood chanters. I find poly chanters to be a little shrill. My band uses them, and we always get comments on their sharpness.

Well, thats what I (the tenor drummer) think,
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for me self, I love my Blackwood McCallum Pipe Chanter for solo, but if i am playing with another piper or pipers i play me McCallum Poly.
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