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Practice Chanter sounds like a duck!!

by Rick Fitzgerald
(Clovis, California)

Hello Sir,


Recently I have taken to wanting to play the bagpipe and have purchased a practice chanter to get started.

I received it today and began playing with it but noticed that each time i blow into it it sounds like a duck (I tried three reeds with the same result). Sometimes I can manage a good sound but those are few and far between.

I dont know if this is caused by me, the chanter or the reed. I am willing to get a better reed/chanter if need be but I want to be sure that is the problem before I do so. I have included the exact chanter I purchased so you know what I am working with. If the one I have is no good or if just the reed needs to be replaced, I am more than happy to hear your suggestions. Thank you.

Rick

Rosewood Practice Chanter

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Nov 06, 2010
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Practice Chanter sounds like a duck
by: Bill Robertson

Further to my comment today, Rick, i realise that your parctice chanter is not of a good enough quality either. See earlier questions on practice chanters for reputable suppliers for a good longspan type make with a good reed.
Regards,
Bill

Nov 06, 2010
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by: Anonymous

Good Afternoon Sir,

Thank you for your quick response. I have included the link of the chanter I purchased. I am beginning to think that the quality is not quite where it should be so I may end up purchasing another. I think this one will do for practicing finger placement until a better one arrives. If you have any suggestions as to what a good starter chanter might be I would definitely like to hear them.

Thank you very much.

Rick

Nov 06, 2010
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Practice chanter sounds like a duck
by: Bill Robertson

I think, Rick, that you need to try another good quality practice chanter synthetic/plastic reed that should last you a long time with care.

I would have to know the make of the practice chanter to have an idea of its quality in case it is not of good quality hased on known makers.

Look in the internet for bagpipe reed suppliers to find a supplier who can help, if you do not have a supplier nearby.
Regards,
Bill

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