Walsh Mouth Blown Smallpipes
"These are a joy to play. Sometimes I have to force
myself to play my GHB instead of my smallpipes.
Also, when I was trying to decide what key, or to go to
shuttle pipes, Rob gave me great advice."
Red Hot Chilli Pipers- Bagrock
to the Masses CD
"I love how all instruments are combined in a proper
way and its not just noise. its WOW its awsome!! the
world of rock and the world of piping combined. :-) "
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Try An Electonic Chanter
As summer finally begins, you may be heading to the
lake, but not everyone wants to cart their pipes with
them. Here is an alternative:
The Fagerstrom Techno Chanter is available in clear or
black plastic. The earphones (or speakers) connect to
the upper end which switches on the chanter. It is
powered by three 1.5V batteries, which should give you a
lifetime of about 50 hours.
The contacts are electrical, not mechanical (meaning
they do not have to be pressed down to achieve
contact). They are about 3mm in diameter, and their
highest point is slightly above the surface of the pipe in
order to get a better feel for their positions. There is a
control for volume and for sensitivity, since dry fingers
can be poor conductors, and sweaty fingers can short
circuit the contact.
When you let go of the chanter, it will go silent until you
start playing again. For a set level of volume, the volume
of each note differs. For example, the low G has a higher
volume than low A, and high A has the lowest volume of
all notes. This is creating the characteristic birl, slur, and
grip sound etc., and they will sound as crisp as on the
pipes. The sound is somewhere in between the pipes
and the ordinary practice chanter. Unlike an ordinary
practice chanter, you can play C naturals and F naturals.
It is tuned in the same key as the GHB and is pitch
alterable to be able to tune it to a CD on your stereo. The
low A goes from 434Hz up to 481Hz in steps of 3Hz, with
466Hz as default. There is no drone sound.
On the circuit board there is an extremely accurate
crystal oscillator timing the microprocessor. All the
circuits and discrete components are surface mounted
according to the latest technology, in order to guarantee
a high quality. A lot of effort has been put into securing
that the electronic circuits are not damaged by
The length of the pipe is 225mm and the diameter is
16mm. Despite the small dimensions this is a full-size
practice chanter and the spacing of the contacts is the
same as the spacing of the holes on a pipe chanter. The
dimensions together with the low weight of approx. 50g
make this chanter very portable indeed.