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Old 02-17-2020, 01:25 PM   #11
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Been reading the Gandy is made by, Kyo modeled by McCallum.
I am a student of Bruce's, and I own a Gandy chanter, and I can tell you very definitively that this is not true. I remember when the chanter was under development, and Bruce was flying over there regularly to have the chanters adjusted and updated before the public launch of them. They were designed by the folks at McCallum with advice from Bruce and Alex, and are made at McCallum's facility in Kilmarnock.
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Old 02-19-2020, 05:46 AM   #12
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The McC2 is a great chanter, but with the pitch increase in solos in the last few years, more people are favoring models that are a bit higher pitched, 480-485.
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Old 02-19-2020, 08:17 AM   #13
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The McC2 is a great chanter, but with the pitch increase in solos in the last few years, more people are favoring models that are a bit higher pitched, 480-485.
I was recently invited to play with a local fire dept pipe band and found out that they are playing poly McC2 chanters pitched at 475 Hz. I had shown up at their band practice with my band poly McCallum chanter, which is playing at 480 Hz. Had to switch over to my solo reed, which is set to my ABW McC2 chanter (my solo chanter) to play with them. Next time I will take my solo set. Unusual to run into any band playing lower than 479 Hz unless they are using the B-flat chanters. 475 Hz or lower is usually a pitch for solo gigs, in my experience.

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Old 02-20-2020, 09:19 AM   #14
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ABW Shepherd with MacLellan reed.

Seems that any modern chanter should work fine for solo as long as it is paired with the right reed and compliments the drones.
I agree. Chanter and sentiments on modern chanters

I find the Shepherd is a fantastic chanter, I either use a Shepherd Moulded reed or a Troy-MacAllister, both with pleasing results.

If I was in the market for something else, a Naill or RJM solo would be tickling my fancy.
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Old 02-24-2020, 07:13 AM   #15
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I have an McC2 and I love the tone. I have a hard time getting any reed to play in tune (specifically a wicked sharp high G) under certain weather conditions. I'm sure it's user problem, not a chanter problem. But I can take any of the reeds I'm having trouble with and put them in my Soutar chanter and they play in tune.

So I started using my Soutar chanter for solo competition because it was one less thing to worry about. If you don't have any problems reeding the McC2 then that wouldn't be an issue for you.
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