MacLellan rolls out new pipe chanter at Toronto recital (HD video)

Published: March 31, 2012
(Page 1 of 1)

A new pipe chanter from Ayrshire Bagpipes of Troon, Scotland, developed with the renowned piper Colin MacLellan over the last year made its public debut at a recital by MacLellan in downtown Toronto at a recital at Mosspark Armoury, the regimental home of the 48th Highlanders of Canada.

MacLellan performed before a large crowd for approximately 40 minutes with the new “AyrFire” chanter, which, according to him, is aimed at both solo and band markets at a suggested retail price around £110 and £120. The instrument will be available from MacLellan’s PipeReeds.com business and Ayrshire Bagpipes.  

“I’ve worked for a long time with Ayrshire Bagpipes owner Brian Mulhearn on the AyrFire chanter,” MacLellan said. “There’s a space out there in the market for a top class-chanter that doesn’t cost the earth to buy. There were three aims: great tone, a chanter that fits the fingers and is easy to play, and a chanter that is streamlined, straight, and does not have any funny tapering on the outside in an attempt to get the note intervals in the right place.”

MacLellan described the new chanter as “the best I’ve ever had my hands  on,” and said it will is available only in plastic so far.

“I am a great fan of plastic chanters, and have played a synthetic chanter for many years,” he added. “This chanter is about getting the best chanter on the market out there in plastic. It will be made in wood as well, but the plastic will be better.  It has a great piobaireachd high-G.”

A professional reedmaker, MacLellan said that the chanter was designed using his chanter reeds as “the default,” but stressed that it will work well with any reed “as long as they are good.”

” £275 is far too much money for someone to put out on a chanter that may or may not be good,” he said. “We hope with this chanter that people will put out just over £100 and be guaranteed of a tremendous chanter. That’s the aim.”

VN:R_U [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 4.5/5
VN:R_U [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: +1

GET THE MOBILE APP!
The new pipes|drums app offers the same publication with a streamlined experience. Get the latest news optimized for your smartphone.
Download on the App Store

Get it on Google Play
MOST RECENT POST
  • One sick beat
    Wed, 7 Dec 2016
    Start with the beat. Well, at least that’s pretty much the way pop music-making goes these days. Skrillex or Max Martin or 40 or other producers work with a “beatmaker” to come up with a – ahem – sick groove. … Continue reading → …
Read more »
UPCOMING EVENTS March 3, 2017Redding Bagpipe CompetitionRed Lion Hotel, Redding, CA USA

May 20, 2017British Pipe Band ChampionshipsPaisley, Scotland

June 9, 2017Georgetown Highland GamesGeorgetown Fairgrounds

June 10, 2017UK Pipe Band ChampionshipsBelfast

June 15, 2017Cobourg Highland Games & FestivalVictoria Park, Cobourg

TIP OF THE DAY
Learn piobaireachd at the earliest opportunity. There’s nothing better to improve mental and finger stamina.
George Campbell, Oshawa, Ontario

FROM THE ARCHIVES