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Old 11-16-2018, 02:09 PM   #1
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Default Tuning Chanter Cane Reed

Hi there...can anyone give me a bit of a help...as a beginner (being playing close on a year so excuse my lack of knowledge!!)

I have tuned my cane chanter reed to play low A at 220hz with a playing pressure of 40mb (16" water) which I am happy with.

My high A is flat and is 435hz at 40mb (16" water)

Can anyone advise what adjustment I need to make to my chanter reed to sharpen up my high A?

I play a set of David Naill smallpipes in A.

Thanks!

David
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Old 11-16-2018, 04:05 PM   #2
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Default Re: Tuning Chanter Cane Reed

Push the reed further into the reed seat. You might need to take a wrap of hemp or two off to acheive this. It should affect the top hand more than the bottom hand so your low A should still be very close to 220.
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Old 11-16-2018, 06:56 PM   #3
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Default Re: Tuning Chanter Cane Reed

use the tuner as a guide , but listen to the beat and fine tune everything by ear..do not play too much with anything if you don't know what you're doing...you will break something! a few cents out will not be a massive issue, but a chipped reed or worse a cracked chanter is.
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Old 11-17-2018, 10:29 AM   #4
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Default Re: Tuning Chanter Cane Reed

Thanks for the tips, have tuned my high A to 440hz at 40mb, low A a little sharp (221.5hz) but will live with it!

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Old 11-17-2018, 01:27 PM   #5
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Default Re: Tuning Chanter Cane Reed

Just put tape across the top of the hole to flatten low A.
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Old 11-19-2018, 11:02 AM   #6
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Default Re: Tuning Chanter Cane Reed

Flattening notes is easy (just tape them). Getting the reed set at an optimal depth in the reed seat is harder, and very important. What kind of reed/chanter are you playing? Many small pipe makers set this up for you before shipping the instrument.
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Old 11-20-2018, 02:02 PM   #7
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Default Re: Tuning Chanter Cane Reed

Hi Dan... Thanks for that....David Naill chanter with a cane reed....


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