A bagpipe chanter is a narrow, conical tube that produces sound when air is blown into the bagpipe’s mouthpiece. It has a series of small holes which are successively covered and uncovered to alter pitch. On top of the chanter is a reed that produces the sound. It can have a sole (a metal or plastic plate measuring two to three inches long) at the bottom end for style.
Types of Bagpipe Chanters
Kinds of Bagpipe Chanters include the following:
Wooden bagpipe chanters
Wooden bagpipe chanters are made of solid, durable wood such as African Blackwood, Cocobola, or Rosewood. They come in the key of concert pitch D and the key of B and are usually tuned to the key of A in 440 Hz. Most wooden bagpipe chanters have keyblocks for adding brass keys and mounts usually made of maple wood or synthetic ivory.
Resin bagpipe chanters
A resin bagpipe chanter is made of durable, high-quality resin and comes in the key of concert pitch D and the key of B. They are usually tuned to the key of A in 440 Hz. Resin chanters are ideal for both beginner and advanced players.
Choosing Bagpipe Chanters (Buying tips)
Blowpipe. Choose a bagpipe chanter with a blowpipe made of plastic, as it does not crack easily. Plastic is not vulnerable to extreme moisture and temperature changes that can cause the blowpipe to crack.