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Old 11-06-2013, 06:46 AM   #1
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Default Choosing a Pipe Chanter

Looking for advice on a Solo ABW Chanter for my son who is planning starting the Highland games Circut next year.
Its his Christmas present but he is a dedicated piper and feel he has earned it.

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Old 11-06-2013, 07:33 AM   #2
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Since you're in Scotland, I'm going to stick with UK makes to avoid tariff on top of VAT, if I understand your country's import/export system correctly. I definitely don't, at all, but just in case, anyways....

The Peter Henderson blackwood solo chanter is EXCELLENT with regard to tuning, finger spacing, and tone.

Not that other chanters aren't well suited to your purpose.

I'll save some other people the time posting...

Ask 10 pipers about chanters and get 20 different answers

They're all good just pick one

Finger spacing is irrelevant, play it and adjust to it.

I love my ________ (but I haven't tried anything else)

There are lots of threads on this, do a search

Which other common replies have I forgotten? Never mind, let's stick to the OP's question.

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Old 11-06-2013, 07:40 AM   #3
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A lot to choose from.

I have a MCC2 and a Naill. They are both very good.

For a Christmas present for a young player, the Peter Henderson solo ABW, another good chanter, comes with a box, a reed protector, and holes with beveled edges, at a competitive price. I might get one for myself yet, if I haven't spent all my money on Roddy MacLeod's new chanter.
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Old 11-06-2013, 07:51 AM   #4
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I play a McCallum ABW chanter. It's got fantastic sound to my ear.

When choosing for others, I would try fishing for what he likes. I tried the ones I could in Glasgow and found some I liked and some I couldn't like. To me, it's not only sound that matters, but the feeling of the chanter.
An example would be Hendersons and McCallums; Hendersons felt so thin and tiny in my hands that it felt uncomfortable, McCallums were thicker and better for my hands. Since he's a good piper, I suppose reeding wouldn't be much of an issue?
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Old 11-06-2013, 07:52 AM   #5
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Hello,
I love my plastic Ayrfire, they don't make in ABW though. Aside from that the new RJM chanter looks worth a try. Ralph Drew
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Old 11-06-2013, 08:22 AM   #6
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Any chanter can sound good if it's set up properly, but they're all a bit different.

McCallum seems to have the greatest market share, so if you get that (i.e., an McC2) then there will be a lot of people with experience setting them up.

IF he has a teacher, then just ask the teacher and get whatever they suggest (so long as it's something currently in production).
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Old 11-06-2013, 08:50 AM   #7
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Like Patrick said, if you ask 10 people, you'll get 20 opinions. Truth is, we live in a great era where there's lots of top notch chanters out there and any one of them would do your son fine for competing straight through to the upper levels.

In my opinion, what makes certain aspects of piping really special and memorable are the experiences attached to the instrument. Instead of just buying your son XYZ chanter, maybe schedule a trip to one of the pipe shops (such as McCallum since he plays their pipes), have a pipe maker show him how the chanters are made and have one of the experts there hand select one for him. It'll still be a great chanter, as good as any other, but your son will have an emotional attachment to it and will cherish it a lot more.
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Old 11-06-2013, 08:54 AM   #8
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(such as McCallum since he plays their pipes)
I must have missed that part of the OP's post.....maybe it was edited out.
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I must have missed that part of the OP's post.....maybe it was edited out.
Oh yeah... the original post was much longer this morning.
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Old 11-06-2013, 09:36 AM   #10
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Hi Thanks for the replies,yes sorry edited post as first was a bit long.
My Son 12 plays McCallum Pipes 2006 with Poly Chanter.

Thoughts are on ABW
MC2
Roddy Macleod Niall
Strathmore
Colin Kyo

Looking for a Gift that will do him through most of his piping Journey they are all fantastic reading the forums and the net but having a hard time deciding what to get.
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