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Old 06-09-2018, 07:45 AM   #1
Ben Shaffer
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Default Practice chanter suggestions?

Well, I haven't played the Pipes in years and don't know that I'll ever buy another set.
That said I like to pick up the practice Chanter every now and again and play a few Tunes.
I've got a standard length Plastic Naill Practice Chanter, and while it sounds OK with my different practice reeds, I'd like to get a new practice Chanter that would sound a little better, closer to being an actual Instrument, if you know what I mean.
I did have a Curry Practice Chanter years ago that sounded great, more like an actual Instrument and I foolishly sold it.
Any suggestions?
The Cowal Practice Chanter maybe?
I don't like long length practice chanters as they feel a little awkward to play I currently use Boyd and Watson reeds and would be open to getting another reed as well
Thank You in advance for any suggestions!
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Old 06-09-2018, 08:17 AM   #2
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Default Re: Practice Chanter Suggestions?

You've already got a top notch pc. Suggest dont waste $ on another...it will sound virtually the same ( standard length).

Try a Walsh reed or a Q reed....Pipers Hut in OH.

Youíll like how it sounds. After you reclaim lost piping ground you might go for another ...but of vintage ..Henderson,Hardie, Grainger, others. ,
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Old 06-09-2018, 10:03 AM   #3
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Default Re: Practice Chanter Suggestions?

Once you have decided on the right practice chanter/reed and have the sound you like, consider finding a cheap set of practice chanter smallpipes. Loads of fun, small, quiet. They can really bring the joy of piping back.
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Old 06-09-2018, 01:06 PM   #4
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Default Re: Practice Chanter Suggestions?

I second Anndrah. Get some smallpipes.

Naill and Boyd, I havenít played better so canít help you there.
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Old 06-10-2018, 08:43 AM   #5
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Default Re: Practice chanter suggestions?

Ha ha I'll third that, and don't waste your money on a PC!
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Old 11-11-2018, 08:49 PM   #6
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Default Re: Practice chanter suggestions?

Iíve played many, Naill an the old Cowel chanters being the best... I commissioned David Lindsay to make me one of his, and there was no comparison it feels great and has a sweat mellow sound... like an instrument of its own a pleasure to hear. I use a softened down Gibson reed. I wouldnít trade it for any chanter on the planet.
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Old 11-13-2018, 09:31 AM   #7
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Default Re: Practice chanter suggestions?

I remember seeing a practice chanter with a drone, made by MacMurchie. The drone is tunable. Shown on his website.

Another option is the electronic chanter (I have a Ross) which allows you to change pitch, and add harmony.
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Old 11-14-2018, 08:17 AM   #8
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Default Re: Practice chanter suggestions?

It's all about the reed.

In plastic reeds, the Gibson and Abbot reeds sound a lot nicer than any of the others.

Cane PC reeds sound good too.
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