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Old 11-07-2018, 08:20 PM   #21
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Default Re: Drone tuning trouble

I have a couple of older chanters that pitch about 457 Hz. Too flat for any of my usual drone reeds. They would be noticeably, irritatingly flat in a B flat setup.
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Old 11-07-2018, 08:35 PM   #22
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The reed is set at the depth that puts the low A and high A an octave apart.

457 is quite removed from Bb, which clarifies why your drones aren’t able to tune flat enough to the chanter.

I might guess the chanter reed is too far out, giving a very flat top hand and chanter overall. What does your tuner say about the relative tuning of low A to high A?
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Old 11-08-2018, 07:30 AM   #23
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You mentioned the possibility of joining a pipe band down the line. I would recommend finding whichever band you're looking to join and stopping by their practice to see if anyone would be willing to help you. I'm sure someone there could probably sort you out in a matter of minutes rather than having people try to explain things over the internet.
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Old 11-08-2018, 08:40 AM   #24
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You mentioned the possibility of joining a pipe band down the line. I would recommend finding whichever band you're looking to join and stopping by their practice to see if anyone would be willing to help you. I'm sure someone there could probably sort you out in a matter of minutes rather than having people try to explain things over the internet.
Exactly.....and much sooner than later.
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Old 11-09-2018, 01:37 AM   #25
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When I want to play my B flat chanter I put drone extenders on my reeds. They're fairly inexpensive and allow me to use the same reeds for both the B flat and my 480 hz chanter.


If you're planning on competing you might invest in a new, higher pitched chanter. I played the B flat chanter in competition earlier this year and got "Dull, flat" remarks from both judges regarding the chanter.
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Old 11-10-2018, 08:09 AM   #26
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Clodhopper, for under $200 you can pick up a great-playing modern poly chanter which will solve your drone tuning issue.

Patrick has a thorough review of a number of top chanters currently on the market.

https://www.patrickmclaurin.com/wordpress/?page_id=2357

As people have pointed out, down in the 450s is really low for modern drone reeds, even 466 reeds.
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Old 11-11-2018, 09:10 PM   #27
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Alright, so I got a few minutes to fool with things, and tried treating the chanter reed as Shawn recommended, and took a reading with that Braw app. It came in at 474, which is quite a jump in the right direction. I was able to get the tenors in tune with that, but one of them is about half an inch past the hemp line still. The other one I hemped the reed up a bit so that it doesn't seat as far in. So I'm hoping with a bit more tweaking I'll be in business.

Thanks again for the input,
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