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    I was watching the Masters Solo Piping Competition rerun on livestream this morning and saw what I thought was Jack Lee playing a Shepherd chanter based on the sole/foot of the chanter. Not sure why that stood out to me.

    His MSR starts around 9(h):18(m)

    https://livestream.com/innerear/even...deos/178879259

    Anything else stand out to anyone?
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    Early on, Ian K playing a (vintage?) saucer soled chanter in his pibroch.

    I think I agree about Jack with a Shepherd. Maybe no surprise?.
    Last edited by el gaitero; 08-14-2018, 07:30 AM.

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      Originally posted by Patrick McLaurin View Post
      I was watching the Masters Solo Piping Competition rerun on livestream this morning and saw what I thought was Jack Lee playing a Shepherd chanter based on the sole/foot of the chanter. Not sure why that stood out to me.

      His MSR starts around 9(h):18(m)

      https://livestream.com/innerear/even...deos/178879259

      Anything else stand out to anyone?
      Jack is also playing a bagpipe turned by his son. He was here teaching a two day workshop the past two Novembers, so I got to hear him up close and personal. Outstanding instrument and tone. This coming November Ian MacDonald will be the instructor as Jack can't make it this year. Have had instruction from Ian as well.

      Enjoyed the streaming of the Masters' Competition, a lot of excellent piping.

      Cheers -

      Wes

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        Re: What the Masters are playing

        Originally posted by el gaitero View Post
        Early on, Ian K playing a (vintage?) saucer soled chanter in his pibroch.

        I think I agree about Jack with a Shepherd. Maybe no surprise?.
        Ian K plays an old Naill, late 70's I believe.

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          Originally posted by Texas Gael View Post
          Jack is also playing a bagpipe turned by his son. He was here teaching a two day workshop the past two Novembers, so I got to hear him up close and personal. Outstanding instrument and tone. This coming November Ian MacDonald will be the instructor as Jack can't make it this year. Have had instruction from Ian as well.

          Enjoyed the streaming of the Masters' Competition, a lot of excellent piping.

          Cheers -

          Wes
          Thx. I was wondering...the ‘unique’ mount on the blowstick made me think they were maybe old XX pipes with full ivory....so wondered more how he escaped CAN with them and got into UK on the other side.

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            Re: What the Masters are playing

            Originally posted by Patrick McLaurin View Post
            ...and saw what I thought was Jack Lee playing a Shepherd chanter based on the sole/foot of the chanter. Not sure why that stood out to me.

            His MSR starts around 9(h):18(m)
            Yes, it looks like a Shepherd MK3. I have one that pitches around 476-478 Hz and it appears like the chanter Jack was playing was pitching at ~483 Hz, so probably not unreasonable.

            I really like the MK3. It's easy to reed and sounds great. I carry it as a back-up but should play it more. Here's an image of mine, all grunged out:

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              Originally posted by Texas Gael View Post
              This coming November Ian MacDonald will be the instructor as Jack can't make it this year.
              Sounds like we'll be seeing Ian K returning as a judge for the competition in Salado?
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                Thanks Patrick for posting about this. Now I know what I'll be doing for the next several hours lol.

                And yes 100% that's a Shepherd chanter Jack is playing. I also concur they are excellent chanters in every way. Easy to reed, great tone and super easy to work with.
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                  Yeah, I’ve been listening the MSR all morning. I’m strongly considering adopting Shepherd Mk3 for my band. Excellent pitch and basically the same spacing as a Kyo.
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                    Re: What the Masters are playing

                    Originally posted by Patrick McLaurin View Post
                    Sounds like we'll be seeing Ian K returning as a judge for the competition in Salado?
                    I am guessing that he is, usually the instructor for the Georgetown FD P&D workshop stays over to judge the Salado Games. I'll be there for the first time since 1993 competing with a new Grade IV band.

                    Cheers -

                    Wes

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                      Re: What the Masters are playing

                      Originally posted by el gaitero View Post
                      Thx. I was wondering...the ‘unique’ mount on the blowstick made me think they were maybe old XX pipes with full ivory....so wondered more how he escaped CAN with them and got into UK on the other side.
                      No, the mounts are not ivory, they're boxwood and holly. I thought Jack's set was holly, but I might be wrong.

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                      Cheers -

                      Wes

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                      • #12
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                        Chanters and pitches from the MSR contest.

                        Okay here's what I've got, these are my best guesses. I may have gotten a couple of them wrong and if so please correct me. In a lot of the video it was very hard to get a clear shot of the chanter bulb and sole so I did the best I could here. I used the Blair App to take an overall average for the pitches listed. The ones with question marks are my best guesses, all the others I'm 95% sure I'm right.

                        All I have to say about this competition is wow! What a huge field. I would not want to be one of the judges. What a great contest to listen to. My favorite performance was Alan Bevan. Nice to see and hear him playing. Great Wilson was also a treat.

                        There was one unknown chanter where I didn't even have a guess, the closest thing I can come up with is a modern RG Hardie but I don't have one so not 100%. I got a good screen shot of it with the foot and the bulb but I have no idea. I don't have any chanter in my collection that looks exactly like it. Sometimes when pipers get soles attached it makes it very hard to tell who made the chanter....

                        Jack Lee - Shepherd 483
                        Brian Donaldson - Donaldson Master chanter 486
                        Andrew Carlisle - Naill 484
                        Craig Sutherland - Shepherd 485
                        Ben Duncan - Unknown 483* (see pic below)
                        Ian K. MacDonald - Naill 484
                        Willie McCallum - McC2 480
                        Alastair Lee - Gandy? 484
                        Bruce Gandy - Gandy 485
                        Roddy MacLeod - RJM 485
                        Donald MacPhee - Naill 481
                        Stuart Liddel - Naill 481
                        Peter Hunt - Naill 483
                        Alan Bevan - Henderson 483
                        Angus MacColl - Strathmore 481
                        Iain Speirs - McC2? 485
                        Greg Wilson - Strathmore 484
                        Glenn Brown - Naill 483
                        Alex Gandy - Gandy 488
                        Gordon McCready - Naill 483


                        Last edited by Shawn Husk; 08-14-2018, 01:10 PM.
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                          Re: What the Masters are playing

                          Originally posted by Patrick McLaurin View Post
                          Yeah, I’ve been listening the MSR all morning. I’m strongly considering adopting Shepherd Mk3 for my band. Excellent pitch and basically the same spacing as a Kyo.
                          My band just switched off the Shepherd Mk3 in favor of the Gandy McCallums. I felt like the Shepherd had a longer reach to the LA hole than my Kyo does. The Gandy is pretty bang on the same as the Kyo, though.

                          I know we were planning on selling off the Shepherds. Not sure if that's happened yet or not.
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                            Anyone know what Peter Hunt plays? One of the stand out drone configurations ( I was in the audience). Looked to be a button mount Henderson, can anyone confirm?

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                              Shawn, the mystery pic - Ben Duncan plays the newer R.G. Hardie Blackwood chanter with a Shepherd reed.

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