Question about regulators

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cheip
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Question about regulators

Post by cheip » Wed Apr 03, 2019 5:06 am

Why regulators are called *regulators*? What they regulates?

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Re: Question about regulators

Post by outofthebox8 » Thu Apr 04, 2019 4:57 am

Good question! In my opinion the word 'regulator' refers to the regulation of tempo - in that the keys are tapped with the wrist in accordance with the tempo of the tune being played. I agree that it is a strange choice of word, which leads me back to my other theory - that the Irish pipes may have been developed by instrument makers who came over from France and that the word 'regulator' may be a derivation or translation of some French musical term.

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