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Old 07-27-2013, 08:26 AM   #1
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Hi Folks

What are the differencies between the little brothers and sisters of the GHB - smallpipes, reelpipes, borderpipes?

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Old 07-27-2013, 10:04 AM   #2
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Default Re: Little brothers

As Briefly asd I can make it, Matthias:
Smallpipes chanters have cylindrical bores so they produce a rounder (Some would say sweeter ) tone with fewer harmonics. They do not produce accidentals with cross-fingerings, but can do so with keys.
Scottish Smallpipes sound an octave lower than GHB in the same pitch

Lowland/Border/Reel and Northumbrian Half-long pipes have conical bore chanters, and so have a timbre more like that of the GHB, but at a ower volume. Various makers use the terms differently, so one maker's "Lowland Bagpipe" is another's "Border Pipe" "Reel pipes" could refer to minature Highland pipes ( even if the chanter is cylindrical, like a sallpipe or practice chanter) in older catalogs, or to any of a number of versions of Lowland/Border pipes.
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