New BG McCallum pipe chanter now available!
After a very long time of remodelling and tweaking the product, Bruce is pleased to announce the 2016 version of the BG McCallum chanter (which started late 2014) is currently in production and will be ready for delivery immediately.
Bruce played one for most of the summer, Alex Gandy has had it in all year and Chris Lee has played a plastic version in Scotland for the past several months.
We are now very happy with the chanter which suits several reeds types, including Shepherd, Sound Supreme, Warnock/Chesney, Troy, G1, and McLellan. We'll try a couple others in near future. I'm sure in some climates, reeds A will not fit chanter B but that is always for the owners to figure out what's working for them.
The hole diameter is smaller than our older version, and still larger than some other chanters, which allows us to get better projection. The high G is slightly flatter and I caution folks to be careful at the beginning of any new reed, as almost every reed I have tried tends to be sharp on high G until the reed gets a bit of play into it.
We have also raised the height of the A,B,and C holes. this is to make the "comfort level" better, but also allows us to raise the pitch ever so slightly. We then maintain the same base number (call it 480 on a tuner) without pushing the reed in quite as far, which should mean less tape on top hand.
Orders can be made directly through me right now and there will be dealers carrying the chanter soon also.
• wood = $390 cdn + shipping
• plastic= $195 + shipping
• small alloy sole added $30
• small imitation ivory sole added $30
• other soles and engraved soles priced at that time.
Bruce Takes MacCrimmon Cairn and Overall at BCPA
Bruce travelled to Vancouver, British Columbia on Easter Weekend to attend the BC Pipers Annual Gathering, one of North America's premier solo contests. Bruce won the MacCrimmon Cairn for piobaireachd for the seventh time (1982, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2003, 2014, 2017) and Bruce also won the Overall Aggregate, with a 1st prize in the MSR. Congratulations to James P. Troy, winner of the Jigs!
Having grown up in piping on the West Coast, this event is like coming home for Bruce, and it's always great to play well at home!
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