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Old 05-17-2020, 09:42 PM   #1
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Default Swayne lowland pipes

Hello,

I have heard and been interested in Jon Swayne’s lowland pipes. Considering getting a chanter for my current garvie borderpipes. I canno anywhere find any sound or video files of his lowland pipes. Anyone know where to find some to see what they might sound like?
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Old 05-18-2020, 05:33 AM   #2
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Hello,

I have heard and been interested in Jon Swayne’s lowland pipes. Considering getting a chanter for my current garvie borderpipes. I canno anywhere find any sound or video files of his lowland pipes. Anyone know where to find some to see what they might sound like?
I play Swayne Lowland pipes. They are capable of an almost fully chromatic scale* and can pinch a High B ( i can sometimes even get a high C#).
* low g# only by half-holing.

PM me for some sound files. Home-recorded only.
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Old 05-21-2020, 08:06 AM   #3
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I used to have a Swayne "Lowland" chanter (Scottish fingering) and it was very nice.

At the same time I had Garvie and Moore "border" style chanters and the Swayne was different in that it had a slightly narrower bore and used a plastic reed.

All three chanters were in A=440.

The Swayne had a High B key which was very nice to have! And it gave a full chromatic octave including Bb

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which some "border" chanters won't do.

I liked the volume of the Swayne because it was a bit softer than most "border" chanters with cane reeds, and in my opinion blended better with fiddle.

Also due to the plastic reed it always stayed in tune!

Here's the Garvie chanter and the Swayne chanter, the Swayne has the imitation ivory sole



The stock was a custom one designed to fit into an ordinary Highland pipe bag.
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Old 05-24-2020, 01:24 PM   #4
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I believe this set is a Swayne.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPLtdF18Q_w&t=82s
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Yes the chanter appears to be the Swayne "Lowland" style, designed for GHB fingering.

Swayne's "Border" chanters are designed to use what I would call Continental fingering, the fingering of Central French pipes and Flemish pipes. Unless he's changed his designs, which he may well have done.
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Old 05-26-2020, 12:53 PM   #6
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How much quieter would you say Swayne lowland chanter was to garvie? Considerably? That chanter sounded really good in that video
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Yep, that's Bill Telford, I've heard those pipes in person several times, great sound.
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