Thread: Carved chanters
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Old 05-20-2006, 07:02 PM   #5
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Default Re: Carved chanters

This old chestnut comes up all the time.

Carving chanters is a practice that goes back many more years than some realise.

In a nutshell....

The holes on a chanter are cut to a standard template. They do not (and cannot) factor in every reed that will go into that chanter, or all the conditions that the chanter/reed combination will be played in.

Carving and taping holes allows each note to be isolated and tuned as a harmonic to the drones.

Different notes change at different rates due to the conical bore of the chanter and how temperature in conducted through the chanter. For example, the thinner walls at the bottom mean that bottom hand notes change faster than top hand notes.

Read these two articles - written by Ross Bates. Ross was one of the 'sound guys' at Victoria Police.
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