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Old 02-09-2019, 11:16 AM   #1
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Default Jim McGillivray’s AURORA JM Chanter

Has anyone tried it?

I’m left wondering- how many chanters has he had a hand in designing now? Is this actually different from the “Gael” chanter? What are the hole size and spacing like? (I really like the Kyo, and Medalist finger placements but have wanted to go just a bit flatter)
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Old 02-23-2019, 01:41 PM   #2
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Default Re: Jim McGillivrayÂ’s AURORA JM Chanter

I am wondering the same thing. I believe the "Gael" was made by MacLellan and the "Aurora" is made by Dunbar, it could be that it's the same chanter but he changed the name when they changed the maker. I own the Gael.
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Old 02-24-2019, 08:00 AM   #3
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I sent him a message asking. He says it’s completely different.
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Old 02-24-2019, 08:45 AM   #4
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Default Re: Jim McGillivray’s AURORA JM Chanter

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I sent him a message asking. He says it’s completely different

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...yes...the one with an extra hole. Uh,....or was it one less...?
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Old 02-25-2019, 02:10 PM   #5
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I sent him a message asking. He says it’s completely different.
Interesting. I wonder what his changes were or if it's a completely new design? The Gael was intended to lower the pitch and it appears the Aurora is a range similar to maybe an MCC2 so that would make sense. I recently inquired about the Dunbar Breadalbane pipes so when I hear back perhaps I'll ask.
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Old 03-09-2019, 12:33 PM   #6
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Well, I ordered one. I haven’t spent a lot of time with it yet...
First impressions- it’s quite comfortable, it has a slightly greater finger spread than a Kyo (see picture).

It balanced at 476 with the included (Troy according to the invoice) reed.

Piobaireachd high G appears to be nice and stable.

https://imgur.com/gallery/PAt99oQ

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Old 03-09-2019, 03:17 PM   #7
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Well, I ordered one. I haven’t spent a lot of time with it yet...
First impressions- it’s quite comfortable, it has a slightly greater finger spread than a Kyo (see picture).

It balanced at 476 with the included (Troy according to the invoice) reed.

Piobaireachd high G appears to be nice and stable.

https://imgur.com/gallery/PAt99oQ
Very nice! Any sound samples you can share, say from a phone recorded nearby?

Kyo has shorter spacing between holes than most chanters I've seen, it also pitches higher. Great chanter also, just different flavor.
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Old 03-20-2019, 11:06 AM   #8
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Needs just a bit more tweaking but it’s almost where I want it

https://www.dropbox.com/s/mm356qmv2m...-0001.m4a?dl=0
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Sounds great against those drones. With the Troy reed it reminds me of my McC2 which I also have played a lot with Troy. What's the make of the drones and reeds?
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Old 03-21-2019, 02:50 AM   #10
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David Glen drones and Kinnaird reeds.

I had an McC2 at one point and disliked the enormous holes and IMO weird bottom hand spacing.

I’m finding the Aurora is quite comfortable, so far I’m really liking it, would recommend.

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