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Galician Smallpipe, the answer for play at home.

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Galician Smallpipe, the answer for play at home.

Post by LuifeSpain » Mon Aug 09, 2010 3:27 pm

Here I present the solution of all my gaita problems: The Yuri´s Galician Smallpipe.

Basically it´s an scottish smallpipe in A, maybe louder than normal models, but still playable at home. It has two rich harmonic drones in A and E, and a round bag with a very galician form. You can play in Pechado fingering (closed Galician fingering) and it allows half tones, so you can play in minor scale. It´s made in a really hard wood and beautifull bone rings.

It´s a very good alternative for play gaita at home, and I use it for learn a lot of tunes without the dissapointment of the neigbours. I put a pair of videos for show you guys the great invention of our great Master Yuri.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bio9LYTj7SM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ga5Nz2huUd0

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Re: Galician Smallpipe, the answer for play at home.

Post by anima » Wed Aug 11, 2010 9:00 pm

Hey now that is cool. :-) Very full sound to them. Nice.... I like...... :D

What is the wood?

Some very fancy fingering in those video clips, you need to slow some of those down and deconstruct them for us (in video) :mrgreen:

Beautiful work Yuri and superb playing Luife.

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Re: Galician Smallpipe, the answer for play at home.

Post by MatthewVanitas » Wed Sep 29, 2010 7:20 pm

Huh, I was wondering this just today "is there any gaitita, Spanish smallpipe, Galician half-long, etc?" Glad to see others have pondered the same, and not at all surprised to see Yuri figuring out a solution.

So I take it cylindrical bore, and with off-the-shelf SSP reeds? I was actually imagining that basically an SSP with Galician-fingered chanter would probably be the most straightforward solution, though you'd lose the ability to play the higher notes. Though I had also wondered is a Galician version of a Border Pipe with a conical chanter could be made so it could overblow, but still be at indoor volumes.

Are you finding it a big limitation not to be able to blow into a higher octave?

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Re: Galician Smallpipe, the answer for play at home.

Post by Yuri » Fri Oct 01, 2010 1:31 am

Actually, it's a slightly flared bore, not completely straight. Which is why (together with the bell) the sound is rather stronger than normal smallpipes.

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Post by anima » Fri Oct 01, 2010 10:04 am

Hey Yuri, what is the reed and will it overblow?
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Re: Galician Smallpipe, the answer for play at home.

Post by Yuri » Sat Oct 02, 2010 6:33 pm

The chanter reed is a straightforward Gibson Fireside one (in this case I used a larger one than a normal A reed, but cut it back to about the size of an off-the-shelf A reed. The difference is that it is less sanded (scraped), so as a result it is that bit louder again. But normally I would use a normal A chanter reed.) This also explains why the taper is so gentle. The reed will only work up to a taper, it is designed to work with a straight bore, after all. If the taper is increased further, the reed refuses to work any more.
The drone reeds are single-reed, composite ones, wooden body, carbon fibre tongues.

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Re: Galician Smallpipe, the answer for play at home.

Post by MatthewVanitas » Sat Oct 02, 2010 11:55 pm

Is the limited taper for the purpose of making the pipes sound more gaita-like, or just to add a little bit of volume?

Would it work just as well with a straight cylinder bore, and thus a little bit quieter and more "housebroken"? Now you've got me envisioning a cylindrical-bore pipe with a solid-filled ornamental flare at the bottom to maintain gaita aesthetics, maybe with some relief cut just outside the cylinder bore to decrease weight...

I shouldn't be surprised that when I asked myself "is anybody making a gaitita for indoor play?" the answer just happens to be "Yuri". :lol:

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Re: Galician Smallpipe, the answer for play at home.

Post by Yuri » Sun Oct 03, 2010 4:30 am

The taper is for more volume, as is the bell. I personally find smallpipes a bit too much on the quiet side. Fine for solo indoor playing, but limiting when other instruments come into it. This slightly tapered variety has a bit more presence with other instruments, though it's hard to tell as generally it depends on the number and combination. For example, when I tried playing with a really loud hurdy-gurdy (of the Hungarian type loudness, though not of the actual type, these ones are very much louder tan the more familiar French types), well, I had to give up, as I couldn't hear the hurdy-gurdy . The pipe was very much like Luife's one, except different fingering. On the other hand, when playigng with a tabor pipe, it's just right.
By the way, Matthew, I haven't forgotten about your set, it's in the works. Sorted out the brass problem by now, so it's down to making all the wooden fittings for the drones.

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Re: Galician Smallpipe, the answer for play at home.

Post by dan chaffee » Mon Oct 04, 2010 1:49 am

I have wondered; if one of the main differences between male and female galician chanters
is the diameter and taper of the bore?

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Re: Galician Smallpipe, the answer for play at home.

Post by aneji » Tue Feb 03, 2015 3:28 pm

Thread revival time!

Hey guys, I was really excited to find this thread, I am also looking for a open/gaita fingering smallpipe for home/small pub use. I would really like to hear Yuri's version, but the videos are down, is there any other way to hear them, becouse this really sounds exciting.

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