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Old 06-12-2018, 04:55 PM   #41
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Donald MacDonald,ca. 1820-1830 and William Ross (Henry Starck), ca. 1870 (I only play pre-1900 chanters)
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Old 06-12-2018, 07:54 PM   #42
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I really like my Kron Medalist chanter, but I’m working with my McC2 a bit more lately - I like the McCallum’s punch and bark, but the hole layout is more challenging. Also thinking of trying a Kyo. I only play post-2005 chanters.
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Old 06-13-2018, 06:21 PM   #43
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Old 06-15-2018, 07:42 AM   #44
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Hands down for ABW: Sinclair Poly: Shepherd Mk2
Where has my music gone? I know I had it yesterday....?
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Old 06-17-2018, 11:33 PM   #45
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I have played a good hanful of plastic band chanters over the years. The G1 is probably my favorite among them. That said, I am not a poly chanter fan.
I have a good handful of old Hardie and Hendy chanters from the 50s-60s, they were okay, the hardies were better sounding overall, but still not a big fan.

I bought an abw Naill 20 years ago from a buddy who played it for solos, but changed to something else. The chanter has always felt delicate to me, but the hole size and spacing is perfect for me and the chanter sings. I had found the McPhee reeds made it sing even better, generally with little to no tape (much easier to balance a chanter when you are not beholden to a number on a tuner for the band). I have no found that Megaritys reeds are also and easy set up (plug and play) and sing very nicely as well. Not sue how to date Nail chanters but it is at least 20 years old, and has a smoothreeds seat, not threaded. Also no sole (lots of soul though!) just the squared off bulge at the bottom.
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