Pipe Chanters

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McGillivray Piping offers a selection of pipe chanters that cater to bandsmen or soloists. Each chanter comes with a reed in your desired strength. I always select the make of reed that I have learned is most suited to that chanter. (It is important to note that all chanters and reeds are slightly different, and not every reed goes well in every chanter.)

All of the chanters listed here come without a sole, unless otherwise show, and are available from the shopping cart below. To order a chanter with a sole, please email.

Each chanter ships with a hand-selected reed in your desired strength.

Discounts are available for band orders.

Polypenco or blackwood? There is a difference if you have a machine that can display sound frequencies. To the ear, the differences are not obvious. Unless you’re a top-tier player, polypenco will suit just fine, unless you simply want to have a blackwood chanter, and that is perfectly fine too.

For bands, one of the advantages of polypenco chanters is that, unlike wood, they don’t ‘move’ or change over time. This can make a difference with precise band tuning, especially as chanters age.

If you have any questions about these chanters, or about any chanters not offered here, I encourage you to email me!

  • $199.00
    McCallum Ceòl pipe chanter, polypenco

    Ceòl (pronounced like a cross between ‘kell’ and ‘kale’) is Gaelic for ‘music’, and if I’m not mistaken, there will be lots of music made on this new offering from McCallum Bagpipes in Kilmarnock. This is a completely new chanter made very much in the Sinclair tradition with tremendous projection and crisp gracenotes. Even the bottom of the chanter is reminiscent of the Sinclair. Pitched at 482 or above, it takes a wide variety of reeds, but perhaps favours the Shepherd. Played by the Toronto Police Grade 1 band in 2018 to great effect, this could be one of the rare chanters that becomes popular among both bands and soloists. Band discounts are available.

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  • $395.00
    Peter Henderson pipe chanter, African blackwood

    This chanter has come onto the market in recent years and has steadily gained in popularity, particularly among soloists, including several at the top levels. It pitches at 478 cps or higher and favours Shepherd or MacPhee reeds. It is bold and vibrant, and exhibits a noticeable blend with well tuned drones. It is made by the R. G. Hardie company in Glasgow, a subsidiary of the St. Kilda Holdings Group, who bought the R. G. Hardie and Peter Henderson name some years ago. Unique to the market, each chanter comes with a well constructed board case and a plastic chanter cap provided by the maker, as shown in the picture. Band discounts are available.

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  • $195.00
    Peter Henderson pipe chanter, polypenco

    This chanter has come onto the market in recent years and has steadily gained in popularity, particularly among soloists, including several at the top levels. It pitches at 478 cps or higher and favours Shepherd or MacPhee reeds. It is bold and vibrant, and exhibits a noticeable blend with well tuned drones. It is made by the R. G. Hardie company in Glasgow, a subsidiary of the St. Kilda Holdings Group, who bought the R. G. Hardie and Peter Henderson name some years ago. Each chanter comes with a plastic chanter cap provided by the maker, as shown in the picture. Band discounts are available.

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  • $375.00
    AURORA JM, African blackwood

    As the pitch of the bagpipe continues to rise, I hear a growing number of people asking for a lower-pitched chanter, particularly for solo playing. I developed this slightly lower pitched chanter some years ago with Rick Pettigrew at Dunbar Bagpipes. Rick was very patient with my demands. I have played this chanter exclusively for the past three years now with either Troy, Shepherd or MacPhee reeds and have never owned a solo chanter I have been more pleased with. It is comfortable to the fingers, pitches between 472 and 480 depending on the reed (I play at 476-78), and is vibrant with crisp gracenoting. The chanter comes with a threaded reedseat and a reed in your desired strength.

    To hear this chanter being played (in blackwood), click on “Lament for Donald of Laggan” or “Glengarry’s Lament” here .

    Band discounts are available.

     

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  • $205.00
    AURORA JM, polypenco

    As the pitch of the bagpipe continues to rise, I hear a growing number of people asking for a lower-pitched chanter, particularly for solo playing. I developed this slightly lower pitched chanter some years ago with Rick Pettigrew at Dunbar Bagpipes. Rick was very patient with my demands. I have played this chanter exclusively for the past three years now with either Troy, Shepherd or MacPhee reeds and have never owned a solo chanter I have been more pleased with. It is comfortable to the fingers, pitches between 472 and 480 depending on the reed (I play at 476-78), and is vibrant with crisp gracenoting. The chanter comes with a threaded reedseat and a reed in your desired strength.

    To hear this chanter being played (in blackwood), click on “Lament for Donald of Laggan” or “Glengarry’s Lament” here .

    Band discounts are available.

     

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  • $395.00
    Dunbar Elite II, African blackwood

    The Dunbar Elite II is a vastly underrated chanter. It is crisp, vibrant, and has great volume. It also pitches a bit lower than most other chanters on the market, which appeals to many pipers. I prefer the Warnock brass-stapled reed in this chanter, with which it pitches anywhere between 474 and 479. The chanter comes with a threaded reedseat and a reed in your desired strength. Band discounts are available.

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  • $195.00
    Dunbar Elite II, polypenco

    The Dunbar Elite II is a vastly underrated chanter. It is crisp, vibrant, and has great volume. It also pitches a bit lower than most other chanters on the market, which appeals to many pipers. I prefer the Warnock brass-stapled reed in this chanter, with which it pitches anywhere between 474 and 479. Band discounts are available. The chanter comes with a threaded reedseat and a reed in your desired strength.

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  • $215.00
    G1 Platinum Polypenco

    This chanter is a fairly recent addition to the market, but it picked up speed quickly and is now winning band contests the world over at all levels. It pitches between 480 and 485, depending on temperature and has great brightness and volume. A number of reed makes suit it, but obviously it plays particularly well with the G1 Platinum reed. Many bands use the Warnock copper-stapled reed. Band discounts are available.

    The chanter comes with a threaded reedseat and a reed in your desired strength.
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  • $189.00
    McCallum C1

    This is the ‘standard’ McCallum chanter. It is one of the most popular chanters in the world, and a winner of many World Pipe Band Championships. It is easy to reed and generally pitches at 480 or above, depending on the reed played. Though played widely by bands, it is also a superb solo chanter and is used by a number of leading soloists. It accepts a wide variety of reeds, though my favourites are John Elliott’s “Sounds Supreme” or Troy. The chanter comes with a threaded reedseat and a reed. Band discounts are available.

     

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  • $355.00
    McCallum C2

    Here is the blackwood version of the standard McCallum pipe chanter. This is one of the most popular chanters in the world, and a winner of many World Pipe Band Championships. It is easy to reed and generally pitches at 480 or above. Though played widely by bands, it is also a superb solo chanter and is played by a number of leading soloists. It accepts a wide variety of reeds, though my favourites are John Elliott’s “Sounds Supreme” or Troy. The chanter comes with a threaded reedseat and a reed. Band discounts are available.

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  • $189.00
    McCallum C3 — MCC2, polypenco

    Known as the “MC-Squared,” this is the McCallum solo pipe chanter developed by leading soloist Willie McCallum with pipemaker Stuart McCallum a few years ago. It has become extremely popular, is played by top soloists worldwide and has won most of the top solo piping prizes in the world. It prefers MacPhee or Troy reeds and pitches anywhere from 476 to 482 depending on the reed selected. It comes with a threaded reedseat and a reed in your desired strength.

    To hear this chanter being played (in blackwood), click on “Lament for Alasdiar Dearg MacDonnell of Glengarry” or “ Sir James MacDonald of the Isles’ Lament” here .

    Band discounts are available.

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  • $355.00
    McCallum C4 — MCC2, African blackwood

    This is the blackwood version of the “MC-Squared,” the McCallum solo pipe chanter developed by leading soloist Willie McCallum with pipemaker Stuart McCallum a few years ago. It has become extremely popular, is played by top soloists worldwide and has won most of the top piping prizes in the world. It prefers MacPhee or Troy reeds and pitches anywhere from 476 to 482 depending on the reed selected.  The chanter comes with a threaded reedseat and a reed in your desired strength.

    To hear this chanter being played (in blackwood), click on “Lament for Alasdiar Dearg MacDonnell of Glengarry” or “ Sir James MacDonald of the Isles’ Lament” here .

    Band discounts are available.

     

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  • $370.00
    Shepherd Mk 3, African blackwood

    Shepherd chanters have been played at the highest levels since the 1970s. No other active chanter has won more World Pipe Band Championships. As you might expect, it prefers the Shepherd pipe chanter reed and generally pitches around 478 or above, depending on the reed selected. A number of leading soloists play this chanter as well. Band discounts are available. The chanter comes with a reed in your desired strength.

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  • $210.00
    Shepherd Mk 3, polypenco

    Shepherd chanters have been played at the highest levels since the late 1970s. No other active chanter as won more World Pipe Band Championships. As you might expect, it prefers the Shepherd pipe chanter reed and generally pitches around 478 or above, depending on the reed selected. A number of leading soloists play this chanter as well. Band discounts are available. The chanter comes with a reed in your desired strength.

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