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Old 10-29-2004, 01:48 PM   #1
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Default Renewing a practice chanter

I have aquired a well used practice chanter. I was wondering what would be the best way to return it to its former glory ?.
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Old 10-29-2004, 01:52 PM   #2
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Default Re: Renewing a practice chanter

Depends on what it is made from. It could be stripped and oiled, run true on a lathe. I would say it depends mostly on the condition it is in now.
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I would put it in a lathe and strip any varnish or crud off of it with steel wool or very fine wet and dry(dry). It is amazing what a bit of tung or linseed oil will make polished wood look like. Do not take a lot off as the wood will lighten (assuming it is blackwood) I "restored" a customers chanter to his satisfaction in around 10 mins a while ago (while he watched). He was just too scared to tackle it himself. Beware of using yellow (unwaxed) hemp on an old chanter, it will swell and break the top section, use waxed stuff and not too tight.
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Old 10-30-2004, 05:13 AM   #4
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I did an old Lawrie, stripped it with Formby's Furniture Refinisher, chucked it in the lathe and burnished it and the ivory ferrule and sole with 0000 steel wool, oiled it twice a day for a couple of weeks, chucked it in the lathe again and spun it while rubbing in multiple applications of Birchwood-Casey Lin-Speed with my fingers. Once dry, it got spun again and polished with very fine rubbing compound and hard felt; all of this is done at low speeds. As Wulls said, waxed hemp, not too tight, and the top gets swabbed with a drone brush after use. Great old practice chanter; actually sounds like a musical instrument instead of a 9 note plastic kazoo.
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