Monthly Archives: August 2009

Bagad chanter tuning trial

I managed to get my regular drone setup tuned to the B on my MacLellan A440 chanter and the baritone drone tuned to an E, using a Wygent double tongued bass reed plugged into a Dunbar bass drone reed seat extender. The A440 chanter is a little wonky to reed anyway, more so when you have to tape off most of the tone holes at the bottom of the chanter to get a low F# instead of low G. Needless to say, I only got 3 (maybe 4) notes in tune: B, E, F# and sort of low F#. All the other notes are, well, I couldn’t really tell if they were out of tune or in tune. D is WAY out of tune and the low A was doing very funky things. Anyways, if you’re interested, here’s a scale:

Scale

And here is some non-music I made up trying to only play mostly the in tune notes, F#, E, and B. Take note, those aren’t low A’s, they’re B’s! The drones are tuned to B, not A, except of course the baritone tuned to E.

Non-music

Below is the tuning if you wanted to tune your B to about 532/533 with normal tuning for the other notes. Next to it (after the hyphen) is the tuning with the B tuned to the same frequency as the regular tuning, but the frequency of the other notes comes from a recording of a soloist employing the Bagad band B chanter tuning (drones tuned to the B, not A – like I tried to do in the above 2 recordings). The accuracy of the other notes with the B chanter tuning is within the ability of Audacityto provide the right frequency.

low G – 413 Hz – 402 Hz

low A – 473 – 478

B – 532 – 533

C – 591 – 597

D – 630 – 634

E – 709 – 712

F – 788 – 801

high G – 828 – 828

high A – 946 – NA

Any info on how to tune the chanter with the drones tuned to B would be greatly appreciated!

1 tenor + 1 bass = A; 1 baritone = D

So, there is another post on this blog regarding an E baritone drone (here), but here you’ll find a D baritone drone. This is obtained with the same setup as before (bass drone bottom, tenor top for the middle drone position) but with a Wygent double tongued bass reed plugged in to a Dunbar tenor drone reed seat extender plugged in to a Dunbar bass drone reed seat extender. :o) Otherwise, 1950’s Henderson pipes with Selibe tenor and bass reeds. Delrin Apps Chanter with Apps G3 reed. Check it out:

D baritone drone – a couple of tunes follow the turning off and on of the drones