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Old 11-07-2019, 07:02 PM   #21
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What Naill chanter pitches to 480? Any idea what reed to use?



I have an older (circa 2003ish) Naill chanter and I love the feel of it but I can't get past 474 or so regardless of the brand of reed.



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MacPhee reeds usually are sharper in the Naill, but you'll likely have to try a few and select the sharper reeds, blow them in and see where they pitch after a few weeks. I had to carve Low G, Low A, B and C on my old Naill and it pitched right around 478-480. Beautiful sound!
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Old 11-08-2019, 12:05 AM   #22
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What Naill chanter pitches to 480? Any idea what reed to use?

I have an older (circa 2003ish) Naill chanter and I love the feel of it but I can't get past 474 or so regardless of the brand of reed.
I’m sure this will open a can of worms, but there’s nothing wrong with the chanter pitching around 474. Some (myself included!) actually prefer the slightly lower pitch.
If you’re not playing in a band I wouldn’t worry.
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Old 11-08-2019, 07:26 AM   #23
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MacPhee reeds usually are sharper in the Naill, but you'll likely have to try a few and select the sharper reeds, blow them in and see where they pitch after a few weeks. I had to carve Low G, Low A, B and C on my old Naill and it pitched right around 478-480. Beautiful sound!
Carving the old Naills is an accepted practice indeed...nothing sweeter when done properly and using an old and well broken in MacAllister reed...not sure if trying to get it to play much higher than 476 is a good thing though...the lovely harmonics may diminish.
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Old 11-08-2019, 07:43 AM   #24
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MacPhee reeds usually are sharper in the Naill, but you'll likely have to try a few and select the sharper reeds, blow them in and see where they pitch after a few weeks. I had to carve Low G, Low A, B and C on my old Naill and it pitched right around 478-480. Beautiful sound!
I have good success with a G 1 platinum reed in my silver soled ‘03 Naill. Gorgeous.
Even better after I slightly twist cracked it and had it expertly repaired.
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Old 11-08-2019, 08:07 AM   #25
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I have good success with a G 1 platinum reed in my silver soled ‘03 Naill. Gorgeous.
Even better after I slightly twist cracked it and had it expertly repaired.
I agree, they're probably the most consistent out of the box reeds I've found. Are they loud? Yup. Are they strong? Yup. But after a bit of shaving, they are so bright and stable. Now where are my earplugs...
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Old 11-08-2019, 09:27 AM   #26
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What Naill chanter pitches to 480? Any idea what reed to use?



I have an older (circa 2003ish) Naill chanter and I love the feel of it but I can't get past 474 or so regardless of the brand of reed.



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What's the fascination with hitting 480hz? Genuine question

Ooooft el gaitero I bet you felt every bit of that crack I'd have been sick!! Amazing it's better now do you offer a professional snapping service
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Old 11-08-2019, 12:06 PM   #27
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What's the fascination with hitting 480hz? Genuine question

Ooooft el gaitero I bet you felt every bit of that crack I'd have been sick!! Amazing it's better now do you offer a professional snapping service
I'm not sure, but no one pitched below 480 at the Glenfiddich. The pitch increase is apparent and it's the new norm, at least at the higher levels. I'm not a big fan of 485+, but I wouldn't want to be the guy who walks up on the stage playing at 470...
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Old 11-08-2019, 02:22 PM   #28
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What's the fascination with hitting 480hz? Genuine question

Ooooft el gaitero I bet you felt every bit of that crack I'd have been sick!! Amazing it's better now do you offer a professional snapping service
I’ve never broken a chanter in my 5 decades at pipes. When I cracked this one it made a barely audible crinkling sound.... like light cellophane being gently rumpled.... it was quizzical ,...but insofar as I was stupidly twisting the chanter ..I quickly deduced its origin. It didn’t break in two so i tightly wrapped some tuning taped between several holes and continued to pipe the wedding reception until complete about 2 hours later.
It still sounded phenom with the tape repair, and possibly better in the filament of my exaggeration after being expertly and invisibly repaired by ,literally, a penultimate piper of EUSPBA.
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Old 11-08-2019, 02:48 PM   #29
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Thanks for all the helpful comments. For the record, I am not a fan of the higher 480+ pitch at all but I cannot find a reed that works well in my older Naill chanter.....the high G is way wonky and I can't get remotely close to a true scale. Therefore I asked about how to get the pitch up....and what modern reed works best.....


Sounds like I need 'professional' modifications done on the chanter I have if I ever want to play it.


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Thanks for all the helpful comments. For the record, I am not a fan of the higher 480+ pitch at all but I cannot find a reed that works well in my older Naill chanter.....the high G is way wonky and I can't get remotely close to a true scale. Therefore I asked about how to get the pitch up....and what modern reed works best.....


Sounds like I need 'professional' modifications done on the chanter I have if I ever want to play it.


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Might be the throat of the chanter that is wonky if you can't get a proper scale. Drying and warping over time may have caused it. Is Teddy Krogh up your way? Perhaps he could look at it.
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