Fagerstrom Belarusian Bagpipes
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Fagerstrom Belarusian Bagpipes

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Your Price: $365.00
The chanter is available in a Belarusian bagpipes version. The bottom most hole is rotated slightly to the right. (Please specify when ordering if the bottom hole should be rotated to the left.)
Part Number: be-vbp-2
Availability: Special Order, Please allow 2 to 3 weeks to fill.
THE CONTACTS
The contacts on the chanter are electrical and not mechanical, meaning that they do not have to be pressed down to achieve contact. The grip does not have to be any firmer than that on the pipe chanter. The contacts are about 3mm in diameter, and with their highest point slightly above the surface of the pipe in order to get a better feel for their position. Worth mentioning is that there is no electrical "ground contact" on which a finger or any other part of the body has to rest on, or be connected to, whilst playing. 

PLAYING
You start the drones by playing a low G, and then the chanter in one of two ways to select whether you want a Major or minor scale. If you want to shut the sound off briefly, just play the "off" fingering combination and it will go silent until you start playing again. 

SETTINGS/CONTROLS
There are two contacts that are used to control all settings. To adjust a setting, just hold the relevant fingering combination and use the control contacts.

The following can be controlled:
  • Sensitivity: Since the fingers sometimes can be very dry, causing them to become poor conductors, and sometimes quite sweaty, leaving a sweat film on the chanter short-circuiting the contacts, the sensitivity is possible to set. Most of the time though, the setting of the sensitivity can be ignored.
  • The chanter starts in the key of G (392Hz). The low G goes from 139Hz up to 554Hz in steps of 0.1 to 0.5Hz. The key of the chanter can easily be set to G, F, E, D, C, B, or A. The accuracy is within ±3Hz.
  • Metronome: easy to start in desired tempo. Sub-beats can be added.
  • Drones: volume relative to chanter. The drones are always in tune with and follows the key of the chanter. A variety of drone configurations are available. (Please refer to the manual for details.)
  • Volume: affects chanter, drones, and metronome. 
  • Recording: more than 1200 notes can be recorded. During playback, the recorded notes are sounding on the right channel, and you can play along on the left. The playback speed can be set between ¼ and 2 times the recorded speed.
MIDI
MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) is an electronic communications protocol that enables electronic musical instruments, computers, and synthezises etc. to communicate with each other. MIDI does not transmit an audio signal - it transmits digital data messages defining parameters such as pitch and volume of the musical notes to play. See http://www.midi.org for further reading.

You enter MIDI mode by holding a specific fingering combination and then inserting the MIDI cable plug to switch the chanter on.
The chanter is initially set to channel 1, but can be set between 1 and 14. The bass is fixed on channel 15 and the tenor fixed on channel 16.
In MIDI mode the metronome and recording are not available.
The pitch is adjusted in semi-notes.
The volume settings for chanter and drones affect the "velocity" of the MIDI note. On some devices the velocity is the same as the volume for the note, on others it isn't. It is up to the receiving device to interpret the velocity data.
In MIDI mode the power consumption is lower and the chanter will run for approx. 20 hours on a rechargeable 1000mAh NiMH battery. 

DIMENSIONS
The length of the pipe is 249mm and the diameter is 16mm. The dimensions together with the low weight of approx. 60 grams, make this chanter very portable indeed. 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
The manual:

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