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weepiper Standardised bagpipe tuning? (24) RE: Standardised bagpipe tuning? 20 May 03

And the modern scale is nominal, as the chanter 'A' is actually B flat and a bit... not even concert B-flat, at least the pipe band pipes aren't. There are makers now who will produce pipes in concert B-flat or concert A which makes playing with other instruments a whole lot more straightforward.
There is some argument about whether A440 was ever the standard pitch, as there are existing chanters from late 18th-early 19th century which are definitely in B-flat. But pitch has definitely been creeping up - the explanation given is that the sharper pitch gives a brighter sound which makes the grace notes etc sound crisper. Personally I really like the sound of highland pipes in A but a lot of pipers don't.

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