Early NSP question

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Early NSP question

Postby Dally » Sat Dec 17, 2011 10:46 pm

Are there any examples of early NSP of the original open ended chanter type still inexistence? (One day I will get to visit the Chantry Museum!) Was the fingering technique the same as on the stopped chanter?
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Re: Early NSP question

Postby John Gibbons » Sun Dec 18, 2011 4:14 pm

I've found one, by John Dunn.

Look at

http://www3.northumberland.gov.uk/catal ... n%20%27%29

A lot of the items in the Chantry are visible in the Woodhorn Museum search engine.

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Re: Early NSP question

Postby Francis Wood » Sun Dec 18, 2011 4:28 pm

It's tempting to assume that a chanter is intended to be played 'open' because that's the way it is found in its present state. Such is the case with the item linked here which is typical of Dunn. That's not a safe assumption, though it's not necessarily untrue. The real test is whether it can be played in tune, both open and closed with excellent tuning and an authentically styled (!) reed.

Personally, I doubt it!

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Re: Early NSP question

Postby John Gibbons » Sun Dec 18, 2011 11:16 pm

Modern SSP are relatively insensitive in their intonation with respect to the fingering style, whether open, closed or in between.
What matters most - the only major effect at all - is the first open hole. It's hard work even putting vibrato on some notes.
With my ex-physicist's hat on I think that would be characteristic of any narrow-bore tube with big holes in.
That Dunn chanter seems to have huge holes for what must be a narrow bore.

If it was ever played with the end open, what was the bell note? The flat subtonic?

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