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Old 05-08-2017, 12:40 PM   #1
Piperwalton
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Default Dunfion Smallpipe Chanter/reed

So I've had these blackwood Dunfion smallpipes in A with a polypenco chanter for a long time (got them before my GHBs); but I've always had problems getting the high A and G to play in tune. If I get the A to play in tune an octave above low A, the high G is really sharp (sounds almost like an actual G#). If I get that flat enough to be in tune, then of course the high A is too flat.

My instructor at the time suggested I try a new reed (just synthetic smallpipe chanter reeds), but that didn't help. If anything it's made it worse: this new reed is rather hard, gives a really harsh sound, and often squeals when trying to blow it in.

I've heard sound samples of Dunfion pipes, and they sound lovely; but I can't for the life of me get mine to sound that good (of course, my drones are fine). I'm wondering if there's anything I should do to this reed (scrape, cut, etc) that might help, or if I should try altering the high A hole?

This chanter is polypenco, and Dunfion does offer a blackwood; would my best bet be to just order the blackwood chanter?
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Old 05-08-2017, 02:14 PM   #2
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Default Re: Dunfion Smallpipe Chanter/reed

I don't mean to suggest that you haven't tried this, you may very well have, but is tuning it so the high g is sharp, then taping the high g back down into-tune not an option?
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Old 05-11-2017, 01:27 PM   #3
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Default Re: Dunfion Smallpipe Chanter/reed

That does help a bit, though the hole is so small it's hard to fine-tune it; but it does help. The harshness of the sound is still a problem though.
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Old 05-17-2017, 02:47 PM   #4
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That does help a bit, though the hole is so small it's hard to fine-tune it; but it does help. The harshness of the sound is still a problem though.
I see... I had some Dunfion smallpipes for a while- I had an A/D combo set of polypenco.

It's been a while, but as I recall I had a synthetic reed for the D chanter and a wood reed for the A chanter. Now, mine were bellows-blown, if yours are mouth-blown then a synthetic reed might be the best option no matter what for the sake of longevity... But I do remember the A chanter sounding very mellow and sweet while the D chanter was shrill as a banshee.

Then again, this might have been more due to the pitch difference, not the different types of reeds... But getting a wood reed from Dunfion might be a good thing to try before spending money on a new chanter... Once all was said and done, I think a replacement reed cost me some $50 USD. So it was a bit spendy, but certainly less than a blackwood chanter...
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