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Old 09-28-2020, 12:13 PM   #1
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Default Favorite SSP Chanter?

Anyone care to share the different chanters they have tried and which is their favorite?

Ease of fignering, tone, trills/vibrato etc...?

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Old 09-28-2020, 03:04 PM   #2
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Default Re: Favorite SSP Chanter?

To my mind I've still to come across a chanter as consistent and attractive as Evans. I think there are a whole bunch of makers who are very close to that standard but I've never heard an Evans smallpipe that didn't make me smile.
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Old 09-28-2020, 05:26 PM   #3
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Default Re: Favorite SSP Chanter?

I have a set of Garvie smallpipes in D that thankfully has a few chanter holes bored on an angle. This minute amount of finger clearance means I can actually play it with my slightly large hands.
I can't say that about other D chanters I've tried.
That must have taken a lot of effort and experimentation, for which I am thankful....love playing in D....
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Old 09-29-2020, 09:30 AM   #4
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Default Re: Favorite SSP Chanter?

If you are asking about the key of the chanter, then C chanters have the best sound with a well balanced scale. The C chanter is the basis for the modern SSP, because Colin Ross, a NSP maker, took the design for the traditional NSP in F, opened the end and placed holes to sound the mixolydian scale.
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Old 09-30-2020, 09:35 AM   #5
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I am sub a noob with my bellows playing it's comical.

That is very interesting about C chanters. Thank you.
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Old 09-30-2020, 03:06 PM   #6
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I have played Moore, Sloan, Gibson, Walsh and Banton SSP chanters although I didnt play the Sloan chanter enough to really comment. Of those, the Moore and Banton chanters worked best for me and my current set is a Banton SSP with chanters in A, C and D. Of the three pitches, C is hands-down my favourite for solo playing. It has the most pleasing pitch, timbre and ergonomics; however, the A chanter is what stays plugged into the bag because it works best with the other instruments my friends and family play (guitar, fiddle, banjo etc.)

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Old 10-03-2020, 11:44 AM   #7
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Thanks, guys and thanks for those details, Kevin.

With a C chanter; Iím assuming you keep your drones at E and A?
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Old 10-04-2020, 06:28 AM   #8
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Thanks, guys and thanks for those details, Kevin.

With a C chanter; I’m assuming you keep your drones at E and A?
With a C chanter, you'd probably want your drones at C and G to have the same harmonic relationship as you'd have with an A chanter and drones at A and E (or AEa). That would probably involve getting different drones as well. (Or at least new top sectios for the drones). Many 3-piece Bass SSP drones can be made to play a different pitch by removing the middle section , sing only the bottom and top sections ( My A bass thus becomes a D bass when I'm playing a D chanter, my E baritone can also tune down to D, giving me the option of two basses) , but the A Tenor ( Mine, at least) won't tune down to G, so I have an extender plug that goes in the "Bell" to bring the pitch down to G. In your case , you'll probably want to bring the tenor up to C, which would involve a new drone top section, a whole new C drone, or a D tenor drone that you could tne down to C.

If you have a set of SSP in A, you might be better off just getting an A chanter you really like.
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Old 10-05-2020, 10:17 AM   #9
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Thanks, guys and thanks for those details, Kevin.

With a C chanter; Iím assuming you keep your drones at E and A?
I usually tune my drones to C-g-c with my C-chanter but other combinations are possible depending on the key of the tunes. My Banton SSP has long tuning slides on the drones, and one tuning bead, which together allow each drone to be tuned to 2 or 3 different notes. I believe Pinchbeck also makes SSP drones with long slides to do this.

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