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PostPosted: Mon Aug 05, 2013 3:08 am 
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ausdag wrote:
Here's a chanter I made from PNG Ebony
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This chanter is MINE! mine, mine, mine!
if you b**tards want one get David to make one for yourself! :D

Seriously though, if it is like macassar ebony (which I am hoping it is)
I expect the tone to be a little richer than black ebony
in the lower register, fairly similar in the upper.

David says it is sounding beautiful, which I expect it is.

I will let you know in a few weeks, when I have paid for it, and recieved it.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 28, 2013 12:08 am 
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Here is a vid of David doing scales on the PNG ebony chanter:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0vrFXDS ... e=youtu.be

He was testing 2 dry weather reeds he made for me.
He left them a little hard so they will play in, but you can hear the tone of the chanter.

It's in the mail so hopefully I'll be playing it by the weekend.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 03, 2013 3:37 am 
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The PNG ebony chanter sounds beautiful.
The tone is closer to black ebony than macassar ebony, but has a little something that I find quite attractive.

It looks a lot like macassar ebony. Very nice!


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 15, 2013 9:07 am 
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Hey,

here are some pictures of my new practice set of pipes.

It is built by Andreas Rogge and is made of plum, box and brass.

The chanter has a medium bore in D and is not as loud as a normal concert pitch set.
Though I ordered the bellows with plumwood, only one side is of plum, because he had not enough plum to build. Which is kind of said, because i explicitly (??) said that I wanted it in plum. The other side is probably pear ("after a few years you can't see any difference anyways").

At the moment there is a rush, because the high octave is a little low (?).

A speciality is the tuning slide for the reed, so i can tune the chanter without getting the reed out of the stock.


So, here are the pictures:


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 15, 2013 9:15 am 
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Titus,
lovely schtick there. I had the chance to play it for a minute when I visited Andreas' workshop recently. I liked it very much. Have fun with it.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 15, 2013 9:18 am 
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Thank you...

Now i have to practice for 10 days, before i'm going to a beginners workshop with Mick ;-)


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 15, 2013 10:03 am 
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Titus wrote:
Thank you...

Now i have to practice for 10 days, before i'm going to a beginners workshop with Mick ;-)


Very nice looking chanter Titus. Andreas discussed with you that he had no more plum available and thus put pear on it?

I totally missread. I thought he put one side pear on the chanter, lol! :-D but it's on the bellows! I already found it strange! :) still...very nice looking! enjoy it!


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 15, 2013 10:54 am 
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DjUntzUntz wrote:
Andreas discussed with you that he had no more plum available and thus put pear on it?



No, that's why I'm a little (only a little ;-) ) disappointed. I found out today, when I was in his workshop, he didn't tell me earlier.

But that's only an optical issue, not a technical...


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 15, 2013 11:19 am 
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Titus wrote:
DjUntzUntz wrote:
Andreas discussed with you that he had no more plum available and thus put pear on it?



No, that's why I'm a little (only a little ;-) ) disappointed. I found out today, when I was in his workshop, he didn't tell me earlier.

But that's only an optical issue, not a technical...


you're right. Only optical and to be honest...it doesn't even look bad! If you didn't tell anyone I doubt anyone would've noticed! The chanter looks very nice though. Good luck!


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 15, 2013 8:40 pm 
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Lovely stuff, Titus, congratulations! Just practice a lot and sweat on that pear side and it will match the plum side in no time :lol: Seriously beautiful pipes!

How do you like the 'tuning slide' for the reed? I think that's such an awesome idea. Does it work as well as would be expected, and does it affect tone/playing characteristic at all when moved up or down (obviously it affects the tuning, but does anything else change with it?) I'm surprised more makers aren't doing this sort of thing, or maybe they are and I'm just oblivious, or maybe does Rogge have it 'patented', so to speak?

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 16, 2013 12:16 am 
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Hi,

I think, (after one day of practice) it works great. If and how the characteristic of the chanter changes, I couldn’t realize so far. But I havn’t been looking at this aspect, to be honest.

The only problem at the moment is that the mechanic is too low at the reed. So to tune the chanter to 440 Hz it all the way down and I have no more possibility to get it higher. So I have to adjust the attachment of the mechanics on the reed, which I hope is not that big a problem!


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Hi, the set looks great. How are you enjoying the narrow bore 'D'. It would be great to hear a few sound files at some point if you are able.
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I had the pleasure of teaching Titus for the past few days and I can say that I found the sound of his chanter extremely pleasing, matching the beautiful outer appearance. While not being quite as loud as a wide bore chanter, it is by no means too quiet for anything you would expect from a concert pitch chanter, and considerably stronger than a "real" narrow bore chanter.
I am very sure this instrument will give his owner many years of happy piping!


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I'm not sure how to make the images load directly, but this link should take you to some pictures of the new concert full set I received from Makoto Nakatsui about 3 weeks ago. Macassar ebony with Turkish boxwood mounts, Itaya maple for the mainstock. Japanese oak bellows. Four-key chanter with stop key. Folded Taylor-style bass reg. Cane chanter reed, composite drone reeds, spruce reg reeds.

They are astounding! I couldn't be happier, and Makoto is an absolute pleasure to work with. I feel so very lucky.

https://app.box.com/s/czbzu0oe2c5l2d89wqwg

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Cathy Wilde wrote:
I'm not sure how to make the images load directly, but this link should take you to some pictures of the new concert full set I received from Makoto Nakatsui about 3 weeks ago. Macassar ebony with Turkish boxwood mounts, Itaya maple for the mainstock. Japanese oak bellows. Four-key chanter with stop key. Folded Taylor-style bass reg. Cane chanter reed, composite drone reeds, spruce reg reeds.

They are astounding! I couldn't be happier, and Makoto is an absolute pleasure to work with. I feel so very lucky.

https://app.box.com/s/czbzu0oe2c5l2d89wqwg



OOOO! they look pretty! :boggle:

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