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Old 10-23-2017, 01:59 PM   #11
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Default Re: A chanter for smallpipes with normally spaced holes?

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because the body of chanters is so thin, it's not possible to get correct tone and an even volume by angleing the hole up or down for an "even" finger spacing.
It is however common practice on other early woodwinds with parallel bores such as crumhorn, to have a thicker body on an ssp while not changing the sound too much would look all wrong.
Using other tunings it's possible to make the holes more evenly spaced, also using a conical bore can give a little more leeway, I often go for double holes to get correct tone and volume, similar to a recorder. And yes the lowest finger hole is often offset for those playing with finger tips instead of middle knuckles as seems the highland standard.
Hi daj, I have a chanter where this has been done successfully on the lowest whole. Thanks, will103
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Old 10-25-2017, 03:59 PM   #12
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Default Re: A chanter for smallpipes with normally spaced holes?

It can be done. I do it as standard.

I make a counter bore a hole round to the right, by about 15% then bore my 4mm hole at an angle down to the tune length. Works fine as there is plenty of meat between the OD and ID.
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Old 10-25-2017, 08:23 PM   #13
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Default Re: A chanter for smallpipes with normally spaced holes?

Just be glad you don't play tin whistle. The most radical spacing differences in pipes are trivial compared to what you see in whistles. We're talking inches of difference.
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Old 10-26-2017, 02:39 PM   #14
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Default Re: A chanter for smallpipes with normally spaced holes?

Why not try a different key? The D chanters usually work pretty well with A pipes. One of the best aspects of playing a C chanter, other than the sound, is the marvelous finger spacing.
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Old 10-26-2017, 03:21 PM   #15
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Default Re: A chanter for smallpipes with normally spaced holes?

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Why not try a different key? The D chanters usually work pretty well with A pipes. One of the best aspects of playing a C chanter, other than the sound, is the marvelous finger spacing.
I'll second that! You will likely get used to the spacing on your A chanter with some work but C chanters have the most natural finger spacing and IMO the nicest sound (out of A, Bb, C, D pitches).

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Old 10-27-2017, 07:37 PM   #16
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Default Re: A chanter for smallpipes with normally spaced holes?

Dunfion small pipe chanters in A are advertised as the same spacing as GHB chanters. I have no experience with them. Have any of you tried one? How was your experience?
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