Q: Standard or long? Why is one or the other better?

Asked by: Jennifer L Short - 1/7/2021
A: In my opinion, the length of the chanter mostly impacts your posture when sitting at the table…it used to be that it had to do with finger spacing, but most pipe makers have adjusted for this. For me, if you are 5’10” or taller go with the long, and under 5’10” go with the standard length.
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Answer provided by: Jon Maffett (1/8/2021)

Q: I assume the chanter is a poly. What brand is it and can we request a particular practice chanter? I currently use a Hardie and have had a Dunbar in years past. I will be purchasing this kit for my son who is interested in playing the pipes.

Asked by: Craig - 1/30/2020
A: The chanter is a plastic McCallum. We can make a Dunbar or Hardie substitute if you like. Just mention it in the comments section during checkout!
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Answer provided by: Jon Maffett (1/30/2020)

Q: Does this include a Gibson Standard chanter or some off brand.

Asked by: JimQ - 8/16/2019
A: This kit includes a McCallum Practice Chanter!
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Answer provided by: Jon Maffett (8/19/2019)
A: This kit includes a McCallum Practice Chanter!
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Q: Is the long chanter a McCallum PC4? Also curious why you ask whether this is for a new beginner -- does that determine the type of reeds shipped with the set?

Asked by: Kathleen - 12/8/2019
A: Yes, that would be the McCallum PC4!
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Answer provided by: Jon Maffett (12/8/2019)

Q: What kind of practice chanter is it? Will it last me for years to come? Thanks - Mike

Asked by: Michael Johnson - 4/20/2020
A: The McCallum chanter, either standard or long, is included in the kit. It is a very good quality chanter and will suit your needs as long as. you are playing the bagpipes!
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Answer provided by: Jon Maffett (4/21/2020)

Q: What brand is the chanter?

Asked by: Matt Wells - 5/6/2020
A: A McCallum Practice Chanter comes with this kit!
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Answer provided by: Jon Maffett (7/17/2020)

Q: What brand of practice canter comes with the beginner's kit?

Asked by: Kenya - 7/16/2020
A: A McCallum Practice Chanter comes with this kit!
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Answer provided by: Jon Maffett (7/17/2020)

Q: I am 72, 6’-1” and want to learn the pipes. Should I get the standard or long practice chanter with the chanter and book kit?

Asked by: Tom - 10/5/2020
A: For a person of your height, I would go with the long chanter!
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Answer provided by: Jon Maffett (10/6/2020)

Q: I received this as a Christmas present. Where do I fine the links to the videos?

Asked by: Gary - 12/29/2020
A: Here is the url information to the videos!!! Just copy and paste this information in your internet browser thepipingcentre.co.uk/piping-tutor-one-videos
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Answer provided by: Jon Maffett (1/8/2021)

Q: 1) How do I know if I should purchase the standard or long size chanter? 2) Are there online videos to get me started on the bagpipes? I planned on taking bagpipe lessons at the Hochstein Music School in Rochester, NY but classes don't start until September of 2021? Thanks, Gary Gary Sloan 585-746-1480

Asked by: Gary P Sloan - 1/7/2021
A: In my opinion, the length of the chanter mostly impacts your posture when sitting at the table…it used to be that it had to do with finger spacing, but most pipe makers have adjusted for this. For me, if you are 5’10” or taller go with the long, and under 5’10” go with the standard length. The Piping centre has video links in their tutor book to help get you going! There are also instructors who do zoom or Skype lessons that can help get you going as well!
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Answer provided by: Jon Maffett (1/8/2021)

Q: I am a complete beginner with St, Andrews in Largo, Florida....Nick Campbell is the man...is the beginner Kit the one I need with the standard chanter

Asked by: Lesley - 7/14/2021
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Q: Nick Campbell called and said the pc4 chanter and the book would be $99, but I see for that long chanter it would be more?

Asked by: Lesley - 7/14/2021
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Q: Jon, Who is the maker of this PC? Kent Pharaoh

Asked by: Kent Pharaoh - 9/22/2021
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Q: Can you substitute a McCallum PC with the "Green Book" at the same price? Kent Pharaoh

Asked by: Kent Pharaoh - 9/22/2021
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Q: What chanter comes with the Beginner Kit?

Asked by: Dan - 10/10/2021
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Q: I am interested in a practice chanter kit with o rings instead of hemp and the instruction book. Which model chanter should I select?

Asked by: Justin - 11/29/2021
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