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Old 05-28-2019, 11:04 AM   #1
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Default Rob Crabtree Smallpipe Question

Interesting discussion going on over at session.org. According to one individual, on Rob's first CD, the small pipe tracks appear to be sounding in Eb, as in an Eb set of pipes. A half-tone higher than D. Does anyone know what Rob used to record the tracks? I'm thinking a D set that came out sounding a bit higher.

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Old 05-28-2019, 11:25 AM   #2
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Default Re: Rob Crabtree Smallpipe Question

It sounds like a D-chanter to me but I am far from pitch perfect. It is possible it was tuned a bit sharp or that post processing of the sound files sharpened it a bit. Jim McGillivray may know what Rob Crabtree was playing at that time; hopefully he will weigh in here.

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Old 05-28-2019, 03:49 PM   #3
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Most likely, someone on the session who doesn't know what they're talking about. It's been known to happen!

Is this the Piper's Legacy album?All D and A smallpipes. If I had to guess, the D pipes are Shepherd's, considering the sound and the era, but it's nothing more than a guess.
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I'm pretty sure it was a mouthblown Shepherd D smallpipe.
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Old 05-29-2019, 06:21 AM   #5
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Jim -

Thanks for weighing in.

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Old 05-29-2019, 11:36 AM   #6
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Default Re: Rob Crabtree Smallpipe Question

Interesting discussion over there It really illustrates how un-phased we pipers typically are with tuning at different pitches at different times and still calling it A or D or whatever. Rob Crabtree's possibly (I didn't measure it) slightly sharp D chanter seems to have spawned a tempest in a tea cup discussion of what key the tunes were in, while they all seemed to be in G or D (equivalent to D or A on an "A" chanter) to me.

It was a very nice recording in any case. https://youtu.be/DCx88gtO9M4

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