Lindsay System Chanter v3.0
AS featured on STV's "Live at Five", 24th January 2018. The Lindsay System Chanter is a new design of keyless, extended range Scottish Smallpipe chanter.
++ Chanter waiting time currently three months ++
++ New photos due shortly, pictures here show version 2.0
An "A" Scottish Smallpipes chanter, with range extended both downwards to low "D", and upwards to high "D", while preserving the traditional fingering system within the range low G to high A. The chanter uses no keywork of any kind, and represents a very playable and useful development in piping.
You'll be equally at home on a Lindsay System Chanter, playing 2/4 Marches, Strathspeys & Reels from your existing repertoire, as exploring anything from the repertoire of the Uilleann pipes, whistle or flute, and much of the repertoire of the fiddle besides.
The main features of the design are ;
- Ability to access a second register (High B, High C#, High D, and beyond)
- Access to additional notes below the scale, by use of a "back-bore" (Low F#, Low E, Low D)
- Access to semitones within the range (Bb, C, Eb, F, G#, High Bb)
- No requirement for keywork
- No effective alteration made to the basic "A Chanter" scale, so no new technique needs to be learnt in order to play your existing repertoire.
- Despite being a nominal "A" chanter, the chanter's two octave range begins on a low "D" (below low G). It is capable of playing music in the keys of D & G within that range, in addition to the familiar Scottish pipe modes of "A", and many other scales & modes. See further down this page for samples of some of the many scales that this chanter can provide.
- Access to a musical range compatible with that of the Uilleann pipes, Northumbrian Smallpipes, the Whistle, Wooden Flute, and the top three strings of Fiddle, Mandolin, Banjo - up to and beyond third position on the fiddle.
And the interesting thing is - this is just the 'working' range. The chanter has an 'untamed' octave at least, above and beyond this for the adventurous player to explore!
If you're a piper, and particularly if you understand something of the principles of acoustics as they apply to a Smallpipes chanter, this will all sound 'too good to be true', in which case I recommend you watch the video provided here for a demonstration of the chanter and its capabilities.
More videos can be accessed in the "About" section of this site.
Lindsay System Chanter - Sound Samples :
The chanter has been in development for several years, and the research that gave rise to this design has been ongoing for more than a decade at time of writing. The process of finalising the design went into 'top gear' in 2014 following the success of the "Dreaming Pipes" project on Kickstarter, which culminated in the production of 20 "Beta" chanters, sent out to 20 project backers. Backers are currently also receiving a copy of 'version 2.0' of the chanter, with Dreaming Pipes final fulfilment taking place in the final quarter of 2017.
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