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Old 09-14-2018, 10:01 PM   #51
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Default Re: New Ceol chanter?

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Did you receive them?

I'd love to hear a reedmaker's viewpoint.

I decided to order one, but it will take a while, it's bespoke, with the big old-school imitation ivory sole.
I did. I really like the new Ceol chanter a lot. Very warm and harmonic chanter, quite high pitched but easy to reed and I think a very good choice for mid to upper level bands. Good stuff McCallum.
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Old 09-17-2018, 04:33 PM   #52
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I did. I really like the new Ceol chanter a lot. Very warm and harmonic chanter, quite high pitched but easy to reed and I think a very good choice for mid to upper level bands. Good stuff McCallum.
Thanks for that! I look forward to getting mine.

I generally play McCallum chanters because the bands I've played with use them and a local reedmaker (Steve Megarity) makes reeds dialed in to suit them, needing little tape. (And sometimes no tape.)

So I can add the Ceol to the Mk2, Mk3, and B-flat McCallums I already play.
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Old 10-22-2018, 05:18 PM   #53
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Just got the Ceol.

I haven't played it in a set of pipes yet. I mouth-blew it and a couple McCallum Mk3s with known reeds, and compared to those McCallums the Ceol has a similar voice but is slightly sharper and a bit clearer and brighter. High G is noticeably flatter (I think Patrick will like it, it will probably be great for hot dry climes and high altitudes) and the D is a hair flatter. (Just by ear, I'll check them out on a tuner when I can.)

Here they are:

Left: Ceol (large round holes)

Centre: Mk3 (smaller, slightly oval holes)

Right: Mk2 (large oval holes)

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Old 10-22-2018, 05:32 PM   #54
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Are these wood or plastic?
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Old 10-22-2018, 08:43 PM   #55
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They're all plastic. I like the idea of wood, but not the reality of it.
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Old 11-16-2018, 05:43 PM   #56
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Default Re: New Ceol chanter?

I've done some playing on the Ceol now.

What I did today was to take a Megarity reed that's been dialed in on my MK3 for a while now, reliable and steady, and stick it in the Ceol.

Each chanter was tuned to 484 using the Braw tuner.

That reed, on the MK3, required virtually no tape. I have the tiniest bit of tape on each hole to give me a bit of fine-tuning leeway.

The first thing that struck me was how much deeper the reed had to be sunk in the Ceol reed-seat to get the same pitch as it had in the MK3. Once the reed was deep enough in the Ceol I got the same pitch and scale as the MK3 except for the flatter D and HG. To get everything balanced I had to sink the reed a hair more and increase the tape on everything else.

I have another reed that has a sharper built-in HG and D and it suits the Ceol's scale better than the MK3's scale. Goes to show that it's handy to have chanters with slightly different scales.

One interesting thing: that reed, in the MK3, doesn't skirl/crow on High A but in the Ceol it does.
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