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Old 12-17-2018, 06:21 AM   #1
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Default LOUD Practice Chanter?

Well, I've been playing the practice Chanter some these days after not having played Played for a number of years.
I may get a set of Pipes down the road, but at this point I'm just messing around with the practice Chanter.
And to that end I''m looking for a loud Instrument and also an Instrument in its own right.
I've got a Naill Delrin, its a nice chanter but not the loudest one in the world.
I did have a Naill with a wood bottom section and a delrin top and if memory serves me correct is was louder.
Could anyone suggest a standard length Practice chanter with exceptional Volume?
I know the long length Gibsons had pretty good Volume.
Is that true of their standard length Practice Chanters/
That said though any suggestions for a louder Practice chanter
BTW I'm using some Walsh as well as Boyd Reeds

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Old 12-17-2018, 07:03 AM   #2
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Default Re: LOUD Practice Chanter?

In my personal experience, long chanters are louder than standard in general. That might be the way to go if it's volume you're after.

You might also consider electronic bagpipes/chanters. Especially if you're looking for an instrument into itself. They're more expensive, but you can control volume via your speakers and the nicer ones have various bagpipe sounds, (highland pipes, smallpipes, etc,) as well as adjustable pitch.

Best of luck!
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Old 12-17-2018, 09:05 AM   #3
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Default Re: LOUD Practice Chanter?

Perhaps try an Abbott PC reed
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Old 12-17-2018, 02:49 PM   #4
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Default Re: LOUD Practice Chanter?

Try Roddy MacLellan's practice chanter. Quite loud compared to others.
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Old 12-17-2018, 03:17 PM   #5
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Default Re: LOUD Practice Chanter?

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Try Roddy MacLellan's practice chanter. Quite loud compared to others.
Good to know. Long or standard? I realize itís iffy...but...how much louder...25%? ,,more?
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Old 12-17-2018, 03:37 PM   #6
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Does Roddy make a standard length PC or just long?
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Old 12-17-2018, 05:37 PM   #7
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Default Re: LOUD Practice Chanter?

I haven't heard Roddy's PC's, but it seems like all PCs are pretty much the same thing, and the differences are mainly from the reeds. Gibson and Abbot PC reeds are LOUD.
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Old 12-17-2018, 05:56 PM   #8
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Gibson and Abbot PC reeds are LOUD.
Aye.. and long PCs only seem louder IMHO due to the few inches of hollow tube added at the bottom.
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Old 12-18-2018, 02:07 PM   #9
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Default Re: LOUD Practice Chanter?

I've used my Dunbar long PC with a Gibson reed as a "kitchen pipe" chanter. For practicing indoors in cold weather and so on, not to play at a session or anything. The scale is true, and the reed is loud enough to resonate with the bag to get a good tone. The Universe of Bagpipes maybe still sells a kitchen pipe based on this PC with two drones that use PC reeds. Just FYI.
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Old 12-18-2018, 06:47 PM   #10
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I believe that Roddy's chanters have a slightly larger bore. This probably helps with volume/projection. I don't think he makes a standard PC.
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