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Old 01-28-2019, 08:10 AM   #21
piper Q
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Default Re: Sharpness War

I am not a competition piper, but for those competing, I feel they are looking for a sound that set them selves apart from the from pedestrian pipers like my self. The higher pitches seems to satisfy that desire. Yet with the 2 sets of pipes I have; Kilgour & Kron ABW circa 1994, and a set of P1s in poly. I prefer the mellower softer in comparison tone of the K&K's.

The Poly Pipes have a brassier & louder quality to my ear and not as pleasant. Yet when I hear bands with poly chanters, it feels as if they are robbing some tunes of a quality of feeling while trying for a brighter sound.

Perhaps one way to fight the pitch increase is to move away from the MSR judging and also require the Slow Airs to be judged. Dark Isle, and Mo Ghile Mear being two in my estimation that stand better with a mellower sound.

Some tunes for the pipes and music for other instruments loose a quality of being when played too sharply or brightly.

And just to give everyone a giggle and reason to gather an angry mob with torches and pitchforks. The Higher pitches and faster play will make funerary tunes sound like Happy Dirges.
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