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Subject: Re: 3rd Set

Brian MacColl
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Date Posted: 10:34:11 04/03/03 Thu
In reply to: Randy 's message, "3rd Set" on 19:47:54 04/01/03 Tue

I have to agree with Brad 100%. This is a chanter issue for sure. Take $300.00 and buy a nice Naill Blackwood chanter. Get yourself some Shepherd, Gilmour and Caldwell reeds and just play around with the different reeds in the chanter. And put the other $1,200 back in the bank. Also, get to a good instructor, even for only a couple of lessons to help set up the chanter for you. Another set of pipes is only going to compound your situtation. Keep it simple, try the chanter first.

Good luck,

>Hello All,
>I'm trying to get a good cross-section of opinions
> I've been piping solo and with a local band for about
>3 years now. I currently have 2 sets of Pipes A/B
>Dunfion, and a set of Dunbar p3's. The Dunfions have a
>very sweet sound (kinda like Lawries) but only after
>fussing with them for about 30 to 40 min. and
>adjusting tape does everything finally settle and get
>locked into place.
>The Dunbars are easy and quick to lock on but are very
>Henderson-ish and LOUD drones even with pretty quiet
>I'm looking to purchase another set of A/B Pipes. My
>third future set will be used as Solo pipes. So a very
>steady mellow drone sound Not an "in your face" sound.
>And chanter that is easy to reed and balance without
>too much fussing over. Each note blending right on
>with the drones are most important. in other words,
>"Really nice harmonics and minimal fidgeting"
>When ever I ask dealers to recommend a set of pipes,
>Amazingly, They always recommend the brand/s they
>sell, Even though some confess to playing an entirely
>different brand themselves for Solo competition. I
>never really get to hear individuals at band pract.
>And only one guy (imho) really has an outstanding
>sound, But plays vintage Hendersons, Outa my price
>range. I'm looking in the price range of about 1,500
>Any honest help would be appreciated. I am fond of the
>sound Alastair Gilles is able to create.
>Thanks in advance.

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Date Posted: 15:39:52 05/21/03 Wed

Why do Naill chanters cost so much?

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