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Old 11-01-2019, 09:12 AM   #31
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Default Re: Balancing chanter

Originally Posted by WillyWog View Post
Anyone on here recommend what make of Chanter reed to use in a McCallum Mrk2 chanter.. I been using Elliott molded reeds.. Not sure if that be the best or not..


Shepherd molded reed, Chesney are also quite good. If Chesney let your supplier know itís for the McCallum chanter..there are copper and brass stapled models...the brass staple is for Chesney chanters Iím told.
The Elliot you have is another great reed, Husk,Gilmour,G1.... youíd need to try them all to decide your druther...or just one and stick with it if you like it.

I havenít gone wrong with the Shepherd in two bands I coach currently using about 30 McCallum chanters...mostly mk2.
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Old 11-03-2019, 09:00 AM   #32
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Hi guys/girls thanks for the help

Ok. Since my last post I been working on tuning my chanter.. The McCallum.. The original MacLeod AB chanter will be next and probably a real chore..

Anyway.. Chanter is all in tune. Tuned the high A a bit sharp to get my F in tune then Fine tuned the holes to bring other note inline.. Seems to work ok. All notes are sitting on green or 0... I am using Accord Premium paid for bagpipe tuner on my pc with an good mic plugged in.. also have a Korg chromatic guitar tune works good. Chanter falls in at 474..

Only thing I was not sure of was if there was a specific direction to tune the other notes with tape. Start at High A the work down the chanter to Low G or visee versee!!! .. I went from Low G up to high A after I had the A's done.

Seemed to work. Sure sound great in my pipe with the drones blowin away..

Tnx all
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Old 11-03-2019, 09:46 PM   #33
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The only holes that noticeably change the pitch of other notes is the two tone holes that allow you to flatten low G. By taping them low A will go sharper, B not as much, and then it tapers off by the time you hit C#.

All other notes Iíve treated as behaving independent of tape on nearby holes.

My Colin Kyo chanters usually have in tune low G so I havenít had to decide whether to push the reed in to bring high A up to the sharpened low A or just tape low A to offset the tape on the tone holes.
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Old 11-05-2019, 06:35 PM   #34
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Some of this may be helpful too:

Bagpipe Chanter Reed Basics

Carving Bagpipe Chanters

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www.BagpipeJourney.com - Reference for Bagpipers

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Old 11-14-2019, 03:26 PM   #35
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We're using G1 Platinums, which pitch well, have good volume and tone, and last a long time.
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