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Old 04-06-2019, 07:57 AM   #1
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Default Adjusting chanter tuning with hemp

Found this chanter on E Bay. First time i've seen hemp used to adjust tuning instead of tape.



looks pretty old.


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Old 04-06-2019, 08:16 AM   #2
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Default Re: adjusting chanter tuning with hemp

Looks like the hemp was used to repair a crack, not adjust tuning. The hemp doesn't even come close to covering a portion of a hole.

Just my guess.
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Old 04-06-2019, 09:24 AM   #3
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I don't know... The picture isn't super clear, but I thought it looked like it was covering a couple holes...

That said, I I'd bet there is a crack(s) - that just seems like too strange and tedious a way to tune, but a very expected method for pulling a crack shut...
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Old 04-06-2019, 09:43 AM   #4
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Yes, I think I can see a crack in the last pic at least.


Using hemp to flatten notes was an attested method (and it works perfectly well, having once been stuck without a fresh piece of tape once!) though I agree in this case it doesn't look like that was the purpose.
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Old 04-06-2019, 10:00 AM   #5
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The picture isn't super clear, but I thought it looked like it was covering a couple holes...
That said, I I'd bet there is a crack(s) - that just seems like too strange and tedious a way to tune, ...
I’ve understood “in the old days” ..this was a note tuning method...but using leather ‘string’ ( I’d guess wetted and stretched) or cat gut.

Yeah pretty tedious vs buying a new reed.....” ...BUY a new reed...arrr’e ye daft mon?...”
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Old 04-06-2019, 01:22 PM   #6
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Wish there was a clear picture of chanter neck so that we could see the maker's stamp. All I can see is that the name ends in "R". Any ideas on the maker? Cheers will
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Old 04-06-2019, 03:39 PM   #7
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My guess would be MacLeod, Forfar. I can't think of anything else that would have an R with nothing else visible from that angle. It certainly looks like a G&M chanter I have.



Not Soutar, I think, unlikely to be George Kilgour, and I can't think of anyone else working in the catalin era.
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Old 04-06-2019, 04:55 PM   #8
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My guess would be MacLeod, Forfar. I can't think of anything else that would have an R with nothing else visible from that angle. It certainly looks like a G&M chanter I have.



Not Soutar, I think, unlikely to be George Kilgour, and I can't think of anyone else working in the catalin era.
Grand. Thanks Calum
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Old 04-07-2019, 10:26 AM   #9
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I'd say that was a crack repair and that is a heavier twine than hemp. Between that and the reed staple sticking out the top I think it is an auction to steer clear of.....


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Old 04-09-2019, 04:54 PM   #10
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I'm with Ian on this one; both points. Don't take part in the auction and that's probably a bad job of whipping a crack shut. Whipping on the way to flogging, by the look of it.


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