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Old Today, 01:33 AM   #21
petercl
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Default Re: Balancing chanter

Thanks Murray and Nate. I Have just put a new easy Gilmour reed in the Kyo chanter and have balanced it. I tuned in high G, F and C with tape. May I say it is a pleasure to play. Thanks for the info on the chanter Murray. Yea Nate, but we are in the information/opinion age and with social media - the editor's suggestion ain't going to happen - ha, ha.
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Old Today, 04:45 AM   #22
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Default Re: Balancing chanter

Yes in a simple way you would put the reed at the height in the reed-seat where High A and Low A agree.

But it's often not as simple as that, as we all know.

It often comes down to "majority rule", or in other words what reed-height results in the least tape.

If balancing High A to Low A meant that the whole scale got progressively flatter as I went up, meaning putting tape the on all the low hand holes to match the flat high hand, I would sink the reed until the high hand and low hand were balanced, even though this resulted in a sharp High A. I'd rather have tape on High A than on the whole low hand.

Someone said "why tape Low A?" It's not ideal, but if Low A is the outlier, too sharp in an otherwise balanced chanter, I would.

And obviously in a Pipe Band, or when playing with Pipe Organ or orchestra, yes you have to start with a number dictated by the outside world and do whatever is necessary to get your chanter to peg at that number (be it 466 or 480 or what have you).
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Old Today, 06:02 AM   #23
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Default Re: Balancing chanter

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... we are in the information/opinion age and with social media - the editor's suggestion ain't going to happen - ha, ha.
Pity ... haha.

Sounds like you're making out well. Cheers to that.

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~Nate
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