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brassnebony
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All information regarding Regulators

Post by brassnebony » Sat Jun 09, 2012 2:00 pm

As a new comer to regulators I said I'd start a post which will hopefully contain usefull information about regulators! Tuning, playing, etc!

Mick obrien kindly gave me a hand tuning up my regs at the tionoil In Listowel last weekend! The sun was splitting the rocks and the temperature mid 20s I had an idea as the climate changed the tuning would slightly change also!
So where do you start and what tolerance would you generally allow?
Is it better to use an electronic tuner of tune to the chanter by ear!
Once I get the hang of tuning them I'll be asking for advice how to play them :)
Thanks!!
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Re: All information regarding Regulators

Post by Mr.Gumby » Sat Jun 09, 2012 2:08 pm

My brain hurts

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Re: All information regarding Regulators

Post by outofthebox » Sun Jun 10, 2012 5:33 am

The good news is that in general regulators are easier to tune than chanters as all of the notes on the regs are on the same octave and you have the assistance of the tuning pins. I'd say tuning to the chanter is the best way to go. You can use your tuner to help you get your A reference pitch on the chanter - then I'd suggest start by tuning your baritone reg to your chanter. I have found it better to get the upper notes in tune - then flatten the lower ones by putting something on the tuning pin - I use high density foam from a garden kneeler, because I can cut it easily and shape it and it stays in place on the pin. The main thing I think with regulators is getting the reed at the right strength, just a little lighter playing than the chanter reed so that it comes in easily - and of course it needs to play at a lower volume to balance nicely with chanter and drones. Everyone has their own way of doing this, so don't be afraid to experiment, be patient and have fun.

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Re: All information regarding Regulators

Post by brassnebony » Sun Jun 10, 2012 4:26 pm

"The good news is that in general regulators are easier to tune than chanters as all of the notes on the regs are on the same octave and you have the assistance of the tuning pins."

Good point never thought of it like that!

Very usefull link to article by Geoff wooff! Cheers
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Post by Mr.Gumby » Mon Jun 11, 2012 2:43 am

Good point never thought of it like that!
The flip side of this is ofcourse the notes on the regulators have to perform and retain stability over a range of pressures, playing in tune with all notes on the chanter throughout it's range.
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Re: All information regarding Regulators

Post by brassnebony » Tue Jun 12, 2012 4:12 am

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZF8uHVu4Res

Interesting bit of regulator playing there by Mikey Smith.
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Re: All information regarding Regulators

Post by brassnebony » Tue Jun 12, 2012 4:58 am

http://upreeds.com/?q=regulator

interesting site for reed adjustments
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