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Practice Chanters
Kron, engraved silver, mammoth ivory bulb

Many pipers play their practice chanter more than they play their pipes. Yet all too often they accept a level of tuning and timbre with their practice chanter that they would never tolerate with their pipes. These practice chanters are selected with these factors in mind, as well as with covering the needs of all budgets and ages.

Below are practice chanters offered by the following makers:


John Walsh Bagpipes
David Naill & Co.
Dunbar Bagpipe Maker

 
JOHN WALSH PRACTICE CHANTERS
 
John Walsh honed his craft on his famous ‘Shuttle Pipes’ and mouthblown Scottish Smallpipes. His practice chanters – both delrin and blackwood – are among the best quality and value in the business. Once you become accustomed to the watertrap installed in every model you’ll never want to be without one.

LISTEN! Hear "The Seagull" played on a John Walsh Long polypenco practice chanter.
 
JWPPC – Long polypenco with watertrap
Walsh long poly with watertrap

This is my best-selling practice chanter. All plastic, it’s bright, perfectly in tune, has long finger spacing and a watertrap and is eminently affordable. This is a great starter model before you move on to blackwood.
Cdn $115
Available from shopping cart below.

JWPRPC – Regular length polypenco with watertrap
Walsh standard poly with watertrap

This is the same chanter as above, but is a traditional design: a short chanter with short finger spacing, the way all practice chanters were prior to the 1970s. Some people like to buy these for younger children and then graduate up to the longer version once they grow.
Cdn $95
Available from shopping cart below.

Walsh child's poly
JWPCPC – Child’s polypenco practice chanter
For the very young piping enthusiast – children in the 6-9 age group – here is a specially sized chanter, but with all the advantages of the above models. Unfortunately, the chanter top is too small to accomodate a watertrap.
Cdn $85
Available from shopping cart below.

JWABPCIS & JWABPCBS & JWABPCSS – Blackwood long practice chanter with watertrap, with sole in imiation ivory, blackwood or stainless steel

Walsh, imitation ivory sole Walsh, blackwood sole Walsh, stainless sole
Imitation ivory sole Blackwood sole Stainless steel ferrule & sole

This is one of my favourite models.

The entire chanter is blackwood, but the top has a polypenco insert. It will never crack, because moisture never touches the blackwood. It has either an imitation ivory or a blackwood sole, and plain, beaded nickel ferrule, and John’s clever watertrap.


A recent addition (bottom photo) is a model with a stainless steel ferrule and matching sole.

This is one of the best and most affordable blackwood chanters on the market today.

The blackwood sole is more resilient than the imitation ivory, and some people find the smaller diameter easier to play when the chanter end is resting on a table. The stainless steel sole is of course indestructible.
Cdn $250
Available from shopping cart below.

 


 


Dunbar Practice Chanters
 
Dunbar Bagpipes offer a blackwood chanter with great aesthetic appeal, resonance and resilience. The bottom is thick blackwood with great lines and a full sound that shakes your hands. The top is also blackwood with a delrin insert and a watertrap. It comes with several mount options.

LISTEN! Hear "Castle Dangerous" played on a Dunbar blackwood practice chanter.
 
Dunbar Blackwood, imitation ivory sole, stainless steel ferrule
ABPC2 - Stainless steel ferrule, imitation ivory sole with watertrap
Solid and heavy, with a plain, beaded stainless steel ferrule and imitation ivory sole, this chanter feels and sounds like much more than a ‘practice’ instrument. The top is blackwood, but with a crackproof delin insert to protect the wood from moisture. It comes with a watertrap.
Cdn $290
Available from shopping cart below.


ABPC2a - Full Stainless Steel
Dunbar PC with Plain Stainless ferrule, sole
with watertrap
Take the chanter above and add a stainless steel sole: a full stainless steel mounted practice chanter that is attractive and rugged. Includes the delrin insert in the blowpipe and it comes with a watertrap
Cdn $290
Available from shopping cart below.


ABPC2b - Full engraved stainless steel with watertrap
The chanter has a machine engraved stainless steel sole and ferrule, with engraving in Celtic or Victorian design. Click here to see Dunbar metal patterns. It includes the crackproof delrin insert in the blackwood top, and a watertrap.
Cdn $335
Special order; please call or email.


ABPC2c - Full engraved silver with watertrap
This is as beautiful and vibrant a practice chanter as you’ll find anywhere. The top is the usual delrin-lined blackwood, the bottom is blackwood, and instrument is adorned with an engraved Sterling silver sole, beaded ferrule and shield. It’s available in Celtic (Runic), Victorian, Thistle or Zoomorphic. To see these Dunbar silver patterns, click here.
Cdn $815
Special order; please call or email.


Most of the above practice chanters can be ordered using the shopping cart below:

 

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Long blackwood bottom with imitation ivory sole, blackwood top with crackproof delrin insert, watertrap and nickel ferrule. Cdn $250.
Long blackwood bottom with blackwood sole, blackwood top with crackproof delrin insert, watertrap and nickel ferrule. Cdn $250.
This is the same model as those with the imitation ivory or blackwood soles. The stainless steel sole is pretty close to indestructible: a great advantage since practice chanters inevitably roll off tables! $250.
Long polypenco chanter with watertrap, hole spacing the same as the pipe chanter. Cdn. $115.
Polypenco practice chanter with regular (small) spacing between the holes. Top is equipped with a watertrap. Cdn. $95.
John Walsh Child's polypenco practice chanter for small children. Cdn. $85.
African blackwood long bottom, blackwood top with crackproof delrin insert, plain stainless steel ferrule and sole. Cdn. $290.
African blackwood long bottom, blackwood top with crackproof delrin insert, plain stainless steel ferrule and imitation ivory sole. Cdn. $290.
This starter package includes a superb John Walsh Long Polypenco Practice Chanter, The National Piping Centre's "Highland Bagpipe Tutor," and Jim McGillivray's "Rhythmic Fingerwork." Cdn $195 (save $9).
This starter package includes a superb John Walsh Long Blackwood Practice Chanter, The National Piping Centre's "Highland Bagpipe Tutor," and Jim McGillivray's "Rhythmic Fingerwork." Cdn $315 (save $18).
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