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Old 02-20-2017, 12:44 PM   #21
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Default Re: The Lawrie That Time Forgot

I performed an experiment, and to my surprise, I can clearly hear every well-tuned chanter note against my Kron drones.
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Old 02-20-2017, 02:06 PM   #22
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Is the effect of chanter note and drone harmonics when it sounds like the drones change pitch slightly with different chanter notes?

It'd be interesting to get some spectrum images to see how the drone and chanter waveforms are interacting.

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Old 02-12-2018, 04:54 PM   #23
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Sorry but due to me closing my Photobucket account all my old photos are dead links!

So here is the Lawrie set referenced in the OP, owned by Keith McNeil.

I purchased them from the McNeil family after Keith passed. His wishes were that all his instruments get played- and they are sure getting played!

The set was missing stocks, chanter, and bass bottom section.

Here's the pipes as I'm playing them. Dunbar made a new bottom with salvaged mounts. The stocks are random old ABW and nickel (not Lawrie).

With EzeeDrones the tenors play great at 466. With Kinnairds they play great at 483, a nice big vintage Lawrie tone good for pipe band use.



Just the original parts, the condition is amazing for a 50 year old set.





Now if any of you have some of these laying about taking up precious room, I would love to take the burden of owning them upon myself

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Old 02-13-2018, 08:02 AM   #24
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I'm taking it that I'm seeing a Lawrie chanter in those pics (not another brand?).
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Old 02-14-2018, 04:55 AM   #25
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The set came to me without a chanter.

The original chanter would have looked like the chanter in the photo below, currently on Ebay, ABW with the huge catalin sole, and decal.

Chanters of that vintage come up on Ebay all the time, but I don't have much reason for buying one. (It wouldn't complete the set, because the set is also missing the stocks and bass bottom section.)

The chanter in my pipes as seen in the post above is a McCallum with the big oval holes that plays at modern band pitch.

I also have a 466/Concert B Flat McCallum that I use for pipe organ/orchestra/brass ensemble gigs. (I special ordered it with the big old-school style sole.)

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Old 02-15-2018, 01:27 AM   #26
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Thanks for the info, Pancelticpiper, I wasn't sure if that was a Lawrie chanter or not... didn't look like one, at least 80's era ones (like my own), or like the part of the one pictured in your last post. It didn't look like mine, anyway. The rest of the set resembles mine (minus the metal -- mine has catalin), but then I really can't tell different brands of pipes apart that well.

Late period Lawrie chanters apparently got a bad rap -- at least from what I recall reading here on the Dunsire forums -- but Evan MacRae (sp? -- apparently a fairly well known piper from the 60's) who was at a piping college I went to in the 80's said he liked mine (when reeding it for a competition I was to play in -- it was apparently standard piping college practice at the time), and he thought Lawrie were starting to produce good chanters... For whatever that's worth.
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Old 02-15-2018, 05:40 PM   #27
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Here's Lt Col John Ewing (playing my WWI Hendersons) and Pipe Major Evan MacRae (playing new Hardies) at Coeur d'Alene in the early 1980s.



I took this photo BTW.
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Old 02-16-2018, 04:42 AM   #28
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Here's Lt Col John Ewing (playing my WWI Hendersons) and Pipe Major Evan MacRae (playing new Hardies) at Coeur d'Alene in the early 1980s.



I took this photo BTW.
You were at Coeur D' Alene? That's where I was.
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Old 02-22-2018, 07:41 PM   #29
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You were at Coeur D' Alene? That's where I was.
Yes, when Evan MacRae was the head instructor.
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Old 02-23-2018, 04:55 AM   #30
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Good to put a face to the names. Id been told these chaps were button sales reps.
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