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Old 06-05-2020, 01:05 PM   #1
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Default Garvie Border Pipes

Anyone have a set of these?

I'm interested in a set of border pipes.

There's Garvie, Fred Morrison's and a few others. The sounds page on the Garvie website is broken. There's a couple of videos on YouTube which I think are Garvie and they sound nice. I think I prefer them to the Morrisons?

The website price list is from 2016, I think I read he stopped making them for a while so it maybe hasn't been updated. According to it anyway there isn't a big wait for border pipes which is another plus given other makers have times measured in years.

Interested in other's opinions. If there's any links to sound files they'd be appreciated or even artists who are playing them. Ali Hutton has a link on his website to Garvie, is he playing a set?

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Old 06-05-2020, 01:29 PM   #2
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Anyone have a set of these?

I'm interested in a set of border pipes.

There's Garvie, Fred Morrison's and a few others. The sounds page on the Garvie website is broken. There's a couple of videos on YouTube which I think are Garvie and they sound nice. I think I prefer them to the Morrisons?

The website price list is from 2016, I think I read he stopped making them for a while so it maybe hasn't been updated. According to it anyway there isn't a big wait for border pipes which is another plus given other makers have times measured in years.

Interested in other's opinions. If there's any links to sound files they'd be appreciated or even artists who are playing them. Ali Hutton has a link on his website to Garvie, is he playing a set?

Cheers.
Well sir, I've just ordered a set myself. Had much the same thoughts as yourself and plumped for the Garvies over the FM and others.

Waiting times are extended due to Covid though. Hopefully get them before the end of the year, even if I have to wait I'd rather do that for the right instrument (for the ones I reeeeally want ).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qabj...U&index=2&t=0s

Ali Hutton in action.

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Old 06-06-2020, 09:13 AM   #3
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Default Re: Garvie Border Pipes

I have a Garvie border chanter and I'm very happy with it. I do find it takes a while for GHB players to settle into playing with a border chanter - there's something about the familiar tone at an unfamiliar pitch that makes intonation feel like a struggle for a while, and the reed doesn't behave quite the same way as you'd expect.



Both the Morrison and Garvies are what I'd describe as closer to the GHB end of the spectrum, with a wider bore and more robust stable sound, perhaps preferring a slightly stiffer reed. There are also border chanters that have narrower bores and are slightly more sensitive, but can play into the upper octave more easily and can do more in the hands of someone accustomed to them.
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Old 06-09-2020, 10:15 AM   #4
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Both the Morrison and Garvies are what I'd describe as closer to the GHB end of the spectrum, with a wider bore and more robust stable sound, perhaps preferring a slightly stiffer reed. There are also border chanters that have narrower bores and are slightly more sensitive, but can play into the upper octave more easily and can do more in the hands of someone accustomed to them.
Recently I've been experimenting with various bridle settings on my border chanters. I am amazed at how the slightest tweaks, i.e. open vs. closed, can make a huge difference in sound, stability, etc. So, it may well be true that various makers produce chanters as "closer to the GHB end" etc. I just don't know enough about the various makers to have an opinion. But these days, if I were to encounter a set of pipes new to me, my first question would the setup of the chanter reed.
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Old 06-10-2020, 07:19 AM   #5
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Hey Matt, which chanters do you currently play? Is some better for accidentals than others? Play at lower pressure and volume?
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