Small pipe or practice chanter

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by William Gunn, Glasgow, c. 1840

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Small pipe or practice chanter

Small pipe or practice chanter by William Gunn of George Square, Glasgow, c. 1840. An attempt has been made to extend the range of the instrument one note above the octave by the addition of a key.

The practice chanter is used by pipers for learning and practicing the music of the bagpipe. It has a narrow cylindrical bore and uses a double reed with long blades. It is softer toned and deeper pitched than the bagpipe chanter.

William Gunn (1795 - 1867) was born in Kildonan, Scotland, and learned the trade of weaving. He began playing in the Highland Society's piping competitions, winning the 5th Prize in Edinburgh in 1824, having moved to Glasgow in about 1823. He set up business as a bagpipe maker about 1834 and, until 1850, he lived and worked at 48 Gallowgate in Glasgow. Latterly (until 1866), he lived and ran his business from 273 George Street. He died on 14 February 1867 aged 72.

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Online ID: 000-000-579-653-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0869: The Bagpipe Collection
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.1995.786
Date: c.1840 (date of manufacture)
Who: The Museum of Piping, Glasgow (place of display)
William Gunn (manufacturer)
Where: Scotland, Glasgow, George Square (place of manufacture)
Description: Small pipe or practice chanter with an added key.
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