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Old 05-21-2020, 05:44 PM   #1
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Default MacRae Reproduction Practice Chanter

I've recently acquired one, and I really enjoy playing it. The holes on the chanter body are not countersunk so it's a bit hard at first to tell where they are, but I got used to it after a while.

I just wanted to share that with everybody here because when I was first debating about whether or not I should buy one I couldn't find many reviews or thoughts on it. I enjoy the sound that this chanter makes. The blackwood bottom half produces a nice tone. It makes practicing more enjoyable and I think that's key to becoming a better player.

I also believe that the holes not being countersunk is supposed to hearken back to the way practice chanter holes were made. In my mind, it's kind of cool to think that I'm practicing the way that many pipers I admire practiced, but I think that's just me getting all sappy about it.

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Old 05-22-2020, 01:12 AM   #2
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Hi, Thanks for posting. This chanter is on my list Is the sound / bore different to the standard McCallum chanters - reason I ask is I have one so no point in buying this chanter if it is essentially the same on the inside. Ta will
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Old 05-22-2020, 05:39 AM   #3
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For others (like me) wondering how it looks https://www.macraebagpipes.com/practice-chanter
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Old 05-22-2020, 11:39 AM   #4
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Hi, Thanks for posting. This chanter is on my list Is the sound / bore different to the standard McCallum chanters - reason I ask is I have one so no point in buying this chanter if it is essentially the same on the inside. Ta will
I have a Long McCallum Poly practice chanter that I was using before this and the tone on the MacRae one is nicer. The bore size seems to be similar though.
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Old 05-22-2020, 01:01 PM   #5
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I have a Long McCallum Poly practice chanter that I was using before this and the tone on the MacRae one is nicer. The bore size seems to be similar though.
Around the practice table among 8-10-12 other standard length chanters with same reed how does its tone fit in ?
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Around the practice table among 8-10-12 other standard length chanters with same reed how does its tone fit in ?
I've just recorded myself playing Scotland the Brave on my McCallum Poly Long and played along with it on the MacRae, the pitch is correct but the tone is richer, and the volume seems to be slightly louder. I haven't yet played it with a bunch of other PCs for obvious reasons, but I've no reason to suspect it wouldn't blend in nicely.

All in all, it is a very fine, excellent quality practice chanter if you don't care about having countersunk holes, and an accurate one to take to a WWII reenactment if you were dressed as Bill Millin!
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Old 05-22-2020, 05:47 PM   #7
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I've got two of these...came with the purchase of MacRae SL2 and SL4, so if anyone is looking for a new one....I've got one here.

Really comfortable and great sounding with that classic old look
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For others (like me) wondering how it looks https://www.macraebagpipes.com/practice-chanter
That's sexy! Bagpipe porn! I'd definitely have one of those to go with a set of those pipes.
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