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Old 10-29-2019, 03:32 PM   #1
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Default Practice Chanter I.D.

I acquired a box of old discarded pipes and chanters. This one I am unable to ID. 5 pics follow. The blow stick threaded on, the stamp has what appears as an L followed by an A and an L with the remaining letters scratched out. The wood grain is shown as well in one picture. Any guesses as to the name would be appreciated.


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Old 10-29-2019, 04:11 PM   #2
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Looks a lot like an R.G Lawrie I used to have (until a chap I lent it to snapped it twisting it from the sole!)
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Old 10-29-2019, 06:40 PM   #3
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Looks a lot like an R.G Lawrie I used to have (until a chap I lent it to snapped it twisting it from the sole!)
Yes....it sure seems to be a Lawrie. I have several like it with that unique squared off chalice design and the classic nickel beaded/ closed ferrule. The squared chalice is ‘sharp edged’ ...not slightly rounded as yours is...I think I also have one like that...the other few are squared.
Mine all appear to be cocus wood...brown,..very smooth. They are all terrific sounding practice chanters.
I’ve asked previously on this forum if anyone was aware of the timing this design was produced in the 1900’s. ...but no info gathered.

Mine are all stamped R.G. Lawrie Regal....Glasgow..

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Old 10-29-2019, 07:57 PM   #4
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All I know about the one I had was that I got it from an old fellow around 1985 who hadn't played since the mid 70's. I am guessing that it was new around the late sixties to early seventies. The foot and ferrule on mine were a creamy white material like the one pictured and I am guessing it was casein. I had it until around 2013 when it was broken and there was absolutely no yellowing or degradation of the mounts.
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Old 10-30-2019, 05:18 AM   #5
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I play one from 1930. The stamp in ReGaL - for R. G. Lawrie. It is best with a John Walsh reed. Lots of new chanters sound a lot worse.
Yours is more modern. On mine the top part is all one piece and the sole and ferrule are of celluloid.

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