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Old 08-09-2016, 05:43 PM   #1
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Default Changing keys in SSP

Folks,

i have a set of Dunfion smallpipes in B flat. Seems to me i might be able to just re reed them to get to A.

hate to have to buy another chanter.

Thoughts?

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Old 08-10-2016, 04:26 AM   #2
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Default Re: changing keys in ssp

Re-reeding them will not get them to play in A. You might get the Low A down there ( or more likely almost down there), but the holes for the other notes will be out of proportional position to be anywhere close to in-tune.
You could pick up a poly A SSP chanter for short money.
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Old 08-11-2016, 03:18 PM   #3
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thanks.
that makes sense.

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Old 08-15-2016, 12:59 PM   #4
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Default Re: Changing keys in SSP

The drones are almost certainly capable of making your desired key, but you would need to get the A chanter to get to A. Its not such a bad idea to complete that experiment, and not too expensive. The A set is much more versatile really.
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Old 08-16-2016, 04:38 AM   #5
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This reminds me of the Highland pipers who get a Concert Pitch gig and don't want to spend the money for a Bb/466 chanter who say "I just pulled the reed up and taped half the holes 3/4 of the way shut with tape. It worked fine."

It probably did work. But how well did it play? How well did it sound?

I want a chanter to be really "happy" at the pitch it's playing at, to be playing at the pitch it wants to play at. That's where you get maximum tone and stability and reliability.

Drones are another thing as was pointed out. I got a vintage (c1900) set of SSPs and when I stuck ordinary reeds in there the drones were very sharp- with reeds designed for A the drones produced C#! I knew I needed much lower-pitched reeds to get the drones down to A. What eventually worked was a set of EzeeDrone D Uilleann pipe reeds! Who knew? The super-long narrow reeds produce a wonderful rich stable A out of the drones, tenors and bass top right at the hempline, bass bottom lower, right where they're happy.
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Old 08-17-2016, 12:30 PM   #6
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Pancelticpiper!

Smallpipes c.1900??? Awesome! Would you mind putting some pictures up? Or maybe it would be easier on the Smallpipes or Playing Smallpipes facebook groups. I'd love to see/hear them!
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