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Old 07-12-2018, 12:14 AM   #11
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Shawn,

The solo Naill - is it the new version or older one?

How about the Strathmore chanter?

Thanks, Soren.
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Old 07-12-2018, 06:36 AM   #12
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Just clarifying that you refer to the Henderson solo chanter that has been around a few years, with the smoothed holes?
Yes, the solo chanter with the smoothed holes. Excellent.
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Old 07-12-2018, 06:38 AM   #13
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Shawn,

The solo Naill - is it the new version or older one?

How about the Strathmore chanter?

Thanks, Soren.
New or old they are both excellent. Yes they may take some fiddling to get set up right but nothing beats the harmonics from a Naill. IDK why or how but just something different/special about the Naill sound. I do slightly prefer the older ones without the threaded reed seat but honestly, they're all great. In the 1990's they were hit or miss at times but you could always carve them and get them where you wanted. Just mho.

I find the Strathmore to be excellent as well and if I had kept going it would have been number 7 on my solo list.
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Old 07-12-2018, 07:06 AM   #14
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New or old they are both excellent. Yes they may take some fiddling to get set up right but nothing beats the harmonics from a Naill.

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I have an ‘03 abw Naill I’d put aside for 5-6 years in a drawer while using another very popular abw chanter. I had my old Hardie’s silver sole out on it. Last summer I resurrected it to likely use for a ‘fancy’ wedding event...but found it had ‘suddenly’ changed and often chirped or squealed with HA to LA changes after warming up.....I tried many diff reeds and strengths.
Finally decided it was bollocked and put it aside again for almost a year.

Color me surprised and happy over the past few weeks and last weekend when I indeed started playing it again,and at a special event, and found it was again miraculously spectacular (IMO).
Big chanter...nicely filled out with a Shepherd standard reed of about 28”
strength.
Grinning like a Cheshire. I’ve got a new fav abw chanter.
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Old 07-12-2018, 09:12 AM   #15
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I do slightly prefer the older ones without the threaded reed seat but honestly, they're all great. In the 1990's they were hit or miss at times but you could always carve them and get them where you wanted. Just mho.

Is it the lower pitch in the older ones? The newer ones can indeed get quite high, but honestly I like the higher pitch.
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Old 07-12-2018, 09:53 AM   #16
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Is it the lower pitch in the older ones? The newer ones can indeed get quite high, but honestly I like the higher pitch.
My personal go to chanter is a 1990's Naill. It pitches at 480 with my reeds. I did have to do a lot of undercutting to the bottom hand notes but the top hand was brilliant. Once adjusted this thing just has fantastic tone all around.

Nothing wrong with the newer ones I just prefer the non-threaded reed seat. That happened in 2005 when they were working with Jack Lee and made some minor changes. I think their newer chanters require less fiddling around/adjusting.
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Old 07-12-2018, 10:00 AM   #17
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I have 3 totally different chanters that I revolve. When I get to thinking a chanter isn't sounding right I reed up another and think wow that sounds great until that chanter doesn't sound right then reed the next one and repeat the process. So I'm happy most of the time hee hee!
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Old 07-12-2018, 05:52 PM   #18
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I have 3 totally different chanters that I revolve. When I get to thinking a chanter isn't sounding right I reed up another and think wow that sounds great until that chanter doesn't sound right then reed the next one and repeat the process. So I'm happy most of the time hee hee!
You're not the only one! I've usually got three-ish solo chanters going, plus the band chanter.
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Old 07-12-2018, 05:57 PM   #19
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I have 3 totally different chanters that I revolve. When I get to thinking a chanter isn't sounding right I reed up another and think wow that sounds great until that chanter doesn't sound right then reed the next one and repeat the process. So I'm happy most of the time hee hee!
....maybe it’s the reeds...
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Old 07-13-2018, 12:57 AM   #20
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New or old they are both excellent. Yes they may take some fiddling to get set up right but nothing beats the harmonics from a Naill. IDK why or how but just something different/special about the Naill sound. I do slightly prefer the older ones without the threaded reed seat but honestly, they're all great. In the 1990's they were hit or miss at times but you could always carve them and get them where you wanted. Just mho.

I find the Strathmore to be excellent as well and if I had kept going it would have been number 7 on my solo list.
Thanks for the reply Shawn.
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