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Old 06-12-2019, 05:01 PM   #1
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Default Problem going from E to low A

This only happens on the pipes, and never on the practice chanter. I sometimes get a "pfft" before the low A, but the low A eventually sounds. Can anyone suggest what I'm doing wrong?
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Old 06-12-2019, 05:18 PM   #2
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Default Re: Problem going from E to low A

A video would be helpful, but I reckon you’re not sealing the hole. Off chance the reed is too easy and you’re overblowing it as that manifests in low G and then low A performance first.
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Old 06-13-2019, 12:59 AM   #3
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Is the reed blown in yet?
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Old 06-13-2019, 03:21 AM   #4
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Default Re: Problem going from E to low A

Can you post an audio clip? We can guess, but we can answer the question with a recording.
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Old 06-13-2019, 06:17 AM   #5
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Default Re: Problem going from E to low A

This type of problem with Low A (and Low G) is usually a sign that your chanter reed is too easy.

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Old 06-13-2019, 06:20 AM   #6
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Default Re: Problem going from E to low A

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This type of problem with Low A (and Low G) is usually a sign that your chanter reed is too easy.

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.not sure if the pfft is Bb tho....
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Old 06-17-2019, 12:32 AM   #7
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Default Re: Problem going from E to low A

The only time I've heard a "pfffft" before a Low A sounded was when the reed was too hard, or otherwise hadn't been broken in yet.

But being that we really are just going by a short description of what is happening with the OP's pipe chanter reed, most of what we can presently do is guess.
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Old 06-22-2019, 07:12 PM   #8
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Default Re: Problem going from E to low A





Greetings, discus,

Perhaps... if you have a couple o' three chanter
reeds knockin' about... and of various strengths...
and degrees of... "broken-in-ness"... you might
run a short test with all of them... and if the same
problem persists... and with them all... then... and
most likely... it is/are... the holes are not being quite
fully covered.

Take heart!! This has happened to more than one
of us... and more than once... :)

And I would suggest... simply rotating your chanter
in its stock... a bit this way and that... until the flesh
of your fingers... fully fills the holes.

For myself... this has happened on really hot parade
days... sweat pouring everywhere... and just trying to
get through the damned thing... or... on those quite
bleedin' cold days... when you can't hardly feel your
hands... from th' knuckles down... :(

If this... is your culprit... just keep KBO-ing along with
it... turning your chanter a bit... this way and that...and
all should come 'round... right... :)

Regards, and All the Best!!

Pip01










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Old 06-29-2019, 06:09 PM   #9
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Default Re: Problem going from E to low A

Sorry for the delayed response, but I have been travelling.

I strongly suspected, and feared, that the problem was what was described by Pip01, namely, that my chanter was turned to far off from optimal position, but after repeated efforts, I could not make it right.

Then I considered suggestions that it was something about the reed, and I tried another one. Lo and behold, the problem appears to be gone. This is my impression after 15 minutes of playing, and I may be wrong on this, in which case you may hear from me again. In the meantime, THANKS!!

If it was the reed, that reed was on the easy side. Why would it act that way?
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