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05-21-2008, 10:52 AM
The G on my chanter is so sharp that it's covered nearly half way with tape. This seems to be common here. Is there any way to flatten high G without changing the rest of the scale much? The rest of it works pretty well, including high-a.
05-21-2008, 11:01 AM
The G on my chanter is so sharp that it's covered nearly half way with tape.
No big deal. I f you are getting the sound you are looking for, why worry?
If 3/4 of the hole covered with tape gets the sound......
05-21-2008, 11:43 AM
With as much tape as I have the g-gracenotes don't sound right and g melody notes are notably softer than all the other notes.
05-21-2008, 11:47 AM
If the hole is approaching half covered or more it is very likely to chirp or squeal. Not good.
There are a couple of things you can do to address this;
1/ This will lower the pitch of the chanter a little and should only be done if the reed mouth is too small. Take a mandrel and open up the closed end of the staple. This will open the mouth of the reed a little and should help with the high G. Just adjust a VERY small amount at a time.
2/ If the mouth of the reed is already set to a good size scrape the reed blades on both sides evenly at a point just below the tips in the center of the blades. This will effect the high G and bring it back into line.
05-21-2008, 01:45 PM
Look on Andrew Lentz's site for reed tuning tips. He talks about using a needle file to scrape a little horizontal line just below the lips of the reed. It works very well to flatten the high G. A little with the file goes a long way. Before doing any severe adjustments, is this problem common with any reed or just the one you are currently using?
05-22-2008, 08:27 AM
Before doing any severe adjustments, is this problem common with any reed or just the one you are currently using?
Sharp G's seem to be nearly universal in the band. We all usually have at least some tape on G.
I'm getting ready to put on a Ross bag, so it might be a good idea to wait until the reed has had a chance to acclimate to the new moisture control system.
05-22-2008, 11:33 AM
Shave a little off the top of the read.
05-22-2008, 12:14 PM
I have been finding my reeds are a lttle close at the lips, sending my high G up out of scale.
This lesson has gone as far as me thinking my new chanter is bad.
05-24-2008, 06:38 PM
We have the same problem.
We are using the 1980's Warmac chanters.
Currently the Higginds reeds seem to work the best, except for sharp High G.