Thread: Carved chanters
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Old 05-19-2006, 06:26 PM   #2
Andrew Lenz
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Default Re: Carved chanters

I'm sure you are looking for a more philosophical answer than a practical one, since you have been doing this for 25+ years.

I have a page on chanter carving which goes into it a bit:
www.bagpipejourney.com/articles/chanter_carving.shtml

Basically, a note is much more quick adjusted for pitch if it is carved out and taped down. To raise the pitch, just move the tape rather than sinking the reed and throwing off all the notes then taping them all down. Due to the higher pitch, bands must spend more time perfecting every note on the chanter than in the past—someone is welcome to argue otherwise, of course.

I believe it was Sinclair than had the first "band chanter" that was expected to be carved to h3|| . . . and back with tape.

Not all that philosophical, but that's what I'm offering at the moment.

Andrew
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