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Old 12-19-2017, 03:57 PM   #11
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Seems half say they successfully did an orchestral gig with no resetting/no problem...and the other half did reset...also with no problem,
Not what I said. I said that I've played with the specific group in question, and that their arrangements did not require that we tune to b-flat, at that time. I don't know if that's still the case, and it's certainly not a universal statement about playing with concert-pitched instrumentalists!
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Old 12-19-2017, 04:01 PM   #12
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Not what I said. I said that I've played with the specific group in question, and that their arrangements did not require that we tune to b-flat, at that time. I don't know if that's still the case, and it's certainly not a universal statement about playing with concert-pitched instrumentalists!
No,...the other guy...

i played for ‘them’ 2x in nj 1984....no special chanter ( poly warmac) treatment then either. Paddy was happy/ I was happy.

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Old 12-19-2017, 04:48 PM   #13
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In all three cases, we tuned our chanters down as low as we could, (about 466,) and the band tuned-sharp to match us. !
466 Hz is as close to Bflat as you'll get ( as it iS B flat concert pitch give or take a few hundredths of a Hertz)

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Old 12-19-2017, 08:40 PM   #14
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466 Hz is as close to Bflat as you'll get ( as it iS B flat concert pitch give or take a few hundredths of a Hertz)
Oh, ha! Well, there you go.
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Old 01-12-2018, 10:24 PM   #15
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You really need to invest in the Bb chanters. Taping existing chanters is an option, depending on the pitch. If you are tuning to 489 then it may be a bridge too far. If tuning at 478 then possibly, yes.
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Old 01-13-2018, 04:45 AM   #16
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I was playing at a dance t'other day and asked the band if they would mind vamping along with me, and don't worry, my pipes are in concert pitch. It says something about current pitch levels that the pianist turned to me and asked "is that B or B flat?"
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It says something about current pitch levels that the pianist turned to me and asked "is that B or B flat?"
Seriously... 493 isn't that far off... I always figured that the Great Pitch Chase would have an upper limit, but it seems that we haven't hit it yet.
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Old 01-20-2018, 11:33 AM   #18
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Seriously... 493 isn't that far off... I always figured that the Great Pitch Chase would have an upper limit, but it seems that we haven't hit it yet.
I suspect we're a generation or two of chanters away from hitting a point where it's easy to tune to B, and once we do, I'm hoping that the pressure to stay there for convenience's sake outweighs the urge to seek higher...
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I suspect we're a generation or two of chanters away from hitting a point where it's easy to tune to B, and once we do, I'm hoping that the pressure to stay there for convenience's sake outweighs the urge to seek higher...
Other than it's damnably inconvenient for other instrumentalists (except maybe guitarists et al who' d capo up and play out of G or A...

Yeah, lads, the tune's in 5 #s, chime right in! Oh, and for you trumpet, clarinet and tenor Sax players, that would be in C# (7#s). Altos, you'll be in G#( so call it Aflat, OK?) Right then, here we go…
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Other than it's damnably inconvenient for other instrumentalists (except maybe guitarists et al who' d capo up and play out of G or A...

Yeah, lads, the tune's in 5 #s, chime right in! Oh, and for you trumpet, clarinet and tenor Sax players, that would be in C# (7#s). Altos, you'll be in G#( so call it Aflat, OK?) Right then, here we go…
Clearly, the people who are driving the great pitch chase are not concerned with playing with other instruments...
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