Based on a drawing by Albrecht Durer 1514, the chanter is versatile and enormous fun to play. It is pitched in the D two octaves lower than a D penny whistle. It is theoretically a ‘smallpipe’, since it has a cylindrical bore. Further refinements in the design enable the player to produce intermediate notes in the scale using cross-fingerings. The basic scale is D. It also plays the notes C, B flat and F.

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