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Old 08-23-2016, 11:38 AM   #1
D. Ruetten
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Default Short fingers/ Colin Kyo

As one of the 'digitally disadvantaged', cursed with short fingers and a crooked pinkie, it has been a real challenge dealing with pipe chanters. I bought my pipes used and they came with a McCallum band chanter with holes so big you could sink a golf ball in them. I struggled on, since I didn't know any different, and in time was able to play it but it wasn't pretty. Read the forums and found many recommended Colin Kyo, so I got one. All I can say is WOW! It feels like it was custom made for me. Much closer hole spacing and the holes are so much smaller. And beautifully made. This thing is gorgeous, even in poly. All I can say is THANK YOU COLIN KYO! If any of you small fingered sorts are out there struggling RUN, don't walk to the nearest pipe supply store and get one of these. It will change your piping life and you will not be disappointed. Do I sound happy?
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Old 08-23-2016, 12:54 PM   #2
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Default Re: Short fingers/ Colin Kyo

Murray makes quite a nice chanter. Use one of his laminates for solos. Beautiful sound!
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Old 08-23-2016, 04:04 PM   #3
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Default Re: Short fingers/ Colin Kyo

I have been chasing closely spaced chanters for years and have several that fit the bill. The Kyo is very comfortable to play.

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Old 08-25-2016, 09:27 AM   #4
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Default Re: Short fingers/ Colin Kyo

I agree that the Colin Kyo chanter hole spacing/design is quite comfortable. You might also try a Kron, which I find similarly comfortable. Good luck!
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Old 08-25-2016, 10:41 AM   #5
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Default Re: Short fingers/ Colin Kyo

I play the McCallums with the big holes in the band. They definitely take some getting used to. They're even more fun once they've been carved a bit .

I've recently played both the plastic and blackwood RJM (Roddy MacLeod) chanters. Very comfortable, with a big, bright, well-balanced sound right out of the box (with the Shepherd and Troy reeds that I had on hand). I've heard great things about the Colin Kyo chanters, too, but I haven't tried one personally.
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