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salmunmousavi 06-14-2019 11:53 AM

Installing a sole to a sole-less Pipe Chanter
Has anybody ever done this before? And if so, what kind of glue/adhesive do you use?

Jay Close 06-16-2019 05:40 AM

Re: Installing a sole to a sole-less Pipe Chanter
There is a "right way" and a "wrong way". The "right way" is to turn a tenon on the end of the chanter and chase external threads on it that match internal threads on the sole. Screw them together and adhere with the glue of choice. If the threads fit up well, I use a liquid hide glue which can be reversed with heat and moisture.

A simpler approach is to turn a tenon that is a press fit to the hole in the middle of the sole. Again, glue of choice. I've used liquid hid glue, Tightbond, and G-flex epoxy. This epoxy if formulated for tropical hardwoods and gluing dissimilar materials.

I used the terms right and wrong in quotation marks because I'm sure someone will strenuously object to one or both of my methods or recommendations. Unless you are already a skilled turner, I suggest contacting a bagpipe maker for a new sole.


Green Piper 06-17-2019 01:42 PM

Re: Installing a sole to a sole-less Pipe Chanter
I have a nice Shepherd mk2 in ABW that my instructor retrofitted for a sole. He dremmelled and sanded a tenon which took him a long time. I think we dry fitted the sole using hemp to prevent it from slipping.

I have played the chanter for over a year with no shifting of the sole.

The sole was added to the chanter while it was my instructorís solo chanter and it served him well for a number of years. I do not regret taking it off his hands when he said he his Sinclair chanter!

Personally, I donít know if Iíd want to risk trying to make a tenon myself.


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