Bass Regulator

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Kdoyler
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Tell us something.: I'm an uilleann piper and have been playing for a few years now. I have visited the site on a number of occasions to get information on a variety of topics. I have a few comments/questions I'd like to add to the forums. Thanks.

Bass Regulator

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Is there any sound difference between a curled or straight bass regulator? If not, besides the ease of transport, are there any other differences? Or do the two styles come down to personal preference when playing?

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Re: Bass Regulator

Post by RenaissanceGuy »

There shouldn't be any difference in the sound. If the upper bar is straight instead of folded down to run along mainstock, then you have to get accustomed to having it on top of the arm of your upper chanter hand, and somewhat limiting how much you can move or position that arm. Joey Abarta has the folded kind: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDrZladP8mk

If you want the straight kind but compactness is an issue for transport, some pipemakers do a removable bass regulator.
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Re: Bass Regulator

Post by fgibbons »

I'm actually looking to buy a bass regulator in D, preferably that folded shape (but not necessarily). I already have a tenor and bari from Koehler, so I'm looking for something to match that from an acoustic perspective, even if not literally from Benedict's hands or those of his partner-in-cane, David Quinn.

My set is already a half-breed (blackwood/steel plus rosewood/brass), so I'm not too worried about visual aesthetics, but the acoustics have to be right.

Please PM me if we have something to discuss...
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