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Old 02-25-2020, 03:12 AM   #1
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Default Tuning D on chanter

My high and low A are great but now I'm having an issue with D being sharp, I have a Campbell tunable band chanter pitching at 481, I'm a solo player so tuning is extremely important, any help would be appreciated !!
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Old 02-25-2020, 03:37 AM   #2
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My high and low A are great but now I'm having an issue with D being sharp, I have a Campbell tunable band chanter pitching at 481, I'm a solo player so tuning is extremely important, any help would be appreciated !!
Get a bit insulation tape and put it straight (i.e. absolutely perpendicular to the line of the chanter) across the D hole. Start about 1mm down from the top of the D hole, test it against your ear or tuner and adjust in nano increments to perfect it. Up to sharpen, down to flatten
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Old 02-25-2020, 09:14 AM   #3
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What Mac said. And don't let some nincompoop tell you not to use tape. I've known more than a few around who claim they need no tape ever...riiiiiiiiight! (yes, once or twice, I did have a chanter that needed no tape at a given moment; but that's very rare). We have all our band members with tape above each hole so that we can tune on the field (i.e., not having to run back to the pipe case to get tape).
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Old 02-25-2020, 02:00 PM   #4
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Exactly what the others have suggested and said!



When your High A and Low A are great, tuning a note that is sharp is a relatively easy fix with some tape.....tuning a note that is flat can be more difficult because tape will only make it worse.



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Old 02-25-2020, 05:23 PM   #5
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As you probably know D is often the least stable note on a chanter, the note that varies most with changes in blowing pressure.

Also once in a blue moon I've had a D where putting tape on it didn't change the pitch! You could adjust the tape further and further down and the pitch of D stubbornly stayed sharp. Not until I got around 3/4 of the hole covered did the pitch go down, but with (as you might imagine) bad tone quality, and very unstable.

But unless there's something freaky like that, and assuming your blowing is even, using tape to cover a small portion of the upper side of the hole should bring down the pitch enough to fix it.

I should once again recommend the Braw Tuner phone app. It's by far the best tuning thing I've seen.
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I've known more than a few around who claim they need no tape ever...
There was a piper here who rose through the ranks in solos to the Open level, and who won at least one Silver Chanter, who never put any tape on his chanter.

Recall there was a time not all that long ago that putting tape on chanters was unheard of.
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There was a piper here who rose through the ranks in solos to the Open level, and who won at least one Silver Chanter, who never put any tape on his chanter.



Recall there was a time not all that long ago that putting tape on chanters was unheard of.

Probably played a RedPipes chanter. Iíve heard they donít need tape.
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Probably played a RedPipes chanter. Iíve heard they donít need tape.
Either that or his was reeded and tuned at the factory before shipped to him...
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There was a piper here who rose through the ranks in solos to the Open level, and who won at least one Silver Chanter, who never put any tape on his chanter.

Recall there was a time not all that long ago that putting tape on chanters was unheard of.
I remember those days well, tape on the chanter was unheard of. I also remember my shock in the late 1990s at seeing Bill Livingstone's chanter with almost every hole taped, thinking (foolishly) that he needed to buy a new chanter. Nowadays most of my chanter holes, are taped, too.

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I remember those days well, tape on the chanter was unheard of.

Yes....in those days of yore all chanters came pre-flattened....
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