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Old 03-06-2020, 09:54 AM   #11
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Yes, the Shepherd Bflats are good if you can get them...

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When I obtained my RTS Bb chanter a few years ago I queried a friend ..a retired SG RPM...what he played in his. He unaware of the RTS Bb reed....he only used standard RTS reeds. I also queried 3 other notable pipers and reed makers...who all couldn’t/wouldn’t say definitely what made a “Bb” reed different ( ie ‘Bb’)

Meanwhile,..I’ve stuck to using the RTS reeds stamped ‘Bb’..been meaning to try some G1 Bb reeds...haven’t yet.
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Old 03-06-2020, 10:28 AM   #12
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Are you guys using a poly or ABW Shepherd orchestral? I've got a poly McCallum Bb chanter currently.
I want an ABW 'just because...'
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Old 03-06-2020, 10:37 AM   #13
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I had an ABW McCallum Bb with an RTS Bb reed until last Thursday, when a swinging door hit it as I was going through and shattered it! :-(

My replacement chanter (Campbell Tunable in Bb) arrived yesterday, and I'm in the process of dialing in the reed (the reed was untouched in the disaster, so I just swapped it into my Campbell).
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Old 03-06-2020, 10:40 AM   #14
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Are you guys using a poly or ABW Shepherd orchestral? I've got a poly McCallum Bb chanter currently.
I want an ABW 'just because...'

Mine Shepherd and McCallum Ceol Bb are poly. Also keeping an eye out for a abw model just because.
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Are you guys using a poly or ABW Shepherd orchestral? I've got a poly McCallum Bb chanter currently.
I want an ABW 'just because...'
I've not heard of any plans to make a Shepherd Orchestral in ABW..perhaps you could contact them and ask for a custom job...the poly suits me fine...as an aside, there seems to be quite the preference for the bflat sound these days..a normal reaction to the ghastly high pitched chanters being used in lower quality bands these days, many of whom have neither the skill to tune or technique to play well at that pitch..I heard a few of these bands last weekend tuning up before a local parade and the D, F, and High G 's were horribly out of tune and the PM's were completely clueless as to what to do...high pitched chanters with very weak reeds is a disaster in these bands.
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Old 03-06-2020, 01:06 PM   #16
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I've not heard of any plans to make a Shepherd Orchestral in ABW..perhaps you could contact them and ask for a custom job...
There was one for sale on FB last December for £150.I missed it by a few days.
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I've not heard of any plans to make a Shepherd Orchestral in ABW..
https://kiltsandmore.co.uk/bagpipes-...:c416:len.html
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Glory be...very nice indeed.
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I brought two old chanters that were made in the 1950s or '60s, one of them was made by R.G. Hardie, the other unknown. (Probably Hardie too though) One has a Bakelite sole, and the other is real Ivory.


They seem to be happy between 460-470, I love that dark, haunting, ancient sound that they got. The different intonation is pretty cool too.
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Old 03-06-2020, 02:35 PM   #20
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I prefer 466 Hz as well, and as I'm more likely to play with other musicians than to be in a pipe band, i'm quite happy to stay there.
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1979 McLeod ( in my original G&M set)
Late 60's /early 70's (?) R.G Hardie ( in a new ABC poly set)

I also have two older Gillanders chanters that pitch lower than 466 that I amd trying to reed up to concert pitch.
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