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Old 08-14-2018, 01:22 PM   #11
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Thx. I was wondering...the ‘unique’ mount on the blowstick made me think they were maybe old XX pipes with full ivory....so wondered more how he escaped CAN with them and got into UK on the other side.
No, the mounts are not ivory, they're boxwood and holly. I thought Jack's set was holly, but I might be wrong.

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Old 08-14-2018, 02:03 PM   #12
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Chanters and pitches from the MSR contest.

Okay here's what I've got, these are my best guesses. I may have gotten a couple of them wrong and if so please correct me. In a lot of the video it was very hard to get a clear shot of the chanter bulb and sole so I did the best I could here. I used the Blair App to take an overall average for the pitches listed. The ones with question marks are my best guesses, all the others I'm 95% sure I'm right.

All I have to say about this competition is wow! What a huge field. I would not want to be one of the judges. What a great contest to listen to. My favorite performance was Alan Bevan. Nice to see and hear him playing. Great Wilson was also a treat.

There was one unknown chanter where I didn't even have a guess, the closest thing I can come up with is a modern RG Hardie but I don't have one so not 100%. I got a good screen shot of it with the foot and the bulb but I have no idea. I don't have any chanter in my collection that looks exactly like it. Sometimes when pipers get soles attached it makes it very hard to tell who made the chanter....

Jack Lee - Shepherd 483
Brian Donaldson - Donaldson Master chanter 486
Andrew Carlisle - Naill 484
Craig Sutherland - Shepherd 485
Ben Duncan - Unknown 483* (see pic below)
Ian K. MacDonald - Naill 484
Willie McCallum - McC2 480
Alastair Lee - Gandy? 484
Bruce Gandy - Gandy 485
Roddy MacLeod - RJM 485
Donald MacPhee - Naill 481
Stuart Liddel - Naill 481
Peter Hunt - Naill 483
Alan Bevan - Henderson 483
Angus MacColl - Strathmore 481
Iain Speirs - McC2? 485
Greg Wilson - Strathmore 484
Glenn Brown - Naill 483
Alex Gandy - Gandy 488
Gordon McCready - Naill 483


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Old 08-14-2018, 02:27 PM   #13
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Yeah, I’ve been listening the MSR all morning. I’m strongly considering adopting Shepherd Mk3 for my band. Excellent pitch and basically the same spacing as a Kyo.
My band just switched off the Shepherd Mk3 in favor of the Gandy McCallums. I felt like the Shepherd had a longer reach to the LA hole than my Kyo does. The Gandy is pretty bang on the same as the Kyo, though.

I know we were planning on selling off the Shepherds. Not sure if that's happened yet or not.
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Old 08-14-2018, 03:34 PM   #14
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Anyone know what Peter Hunt plays? One of the stand out drone configurations ( I was in the audience). Looked to be a button mount Henderson, can anyone confirm?
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Old 08-14-2018, 04:52 PM   #15
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Shawn, the mystery pic - Ben Duncan plays the newer R.G. Hardie Blackwood chanter with a Shepherd reed.
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Old 08-14-2018, 05:15 PM   #16
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Thanks for confirming that for me! It was driving me crazy. That was the only chanter I could think of it might be.
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Old 08-14-2018, 06:40 PM   #17
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I was quite certain S. Liddell played a Henderson in the past, how confident is the Naill attribution?
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Old 08-14-2018, 10:12 PM   #18
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Anyone know what Peter Hunt plays? One of the stand out drone configurations ( I was in the audience). Looked to be a button mount Henderson, can anyone confirm?
Didn't get to see the Livestream & haven't caught up with it yet, but for many years Peter has played a button mounted set of Glen's.
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Old 08-15-2018, 07:19 AM   #19
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Great compilation of chanters and pitches, Shawn, thanks!

I was able to squeeze in viewing a few of the performances and have to say that the sound and video is really quite good, so hat's off to all associated with the broadcasts.

I also appreciate how the solo pitches remain closer to 480 than 490...
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Old 08-15-2018, 11:51 AM   #20
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Anyone know what Peter Hunt plays? One of the stand out drone configurations ( I was in the audience). Looked to be a button mount Henderson, can anyone confirm?
I just listened to Peter's performance online and I would have to agree that there was something that made his drones have a little more depth or comparative presence (though all of the set-ups sounded great). Roddy's assertion that these could well be Glens (and not Hendersons) makes sense, as the only button-mount Hendersons (or Lawries for that matter -- geez, those companies were lock-step for many years!) are the chalice-tops from the 30s-50s. Wood-mounted Hendersons and Lawries are fairly common, and I've been working on a little treatise on the different wood mount types here for those who are interested.

I understand that some Glens can have quite a bit of presence, though I don't suspect Glens are commonly seen at today's top level competitions.
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