Brennan Chanter Restoration

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Brennan Chanter Restoration

Post by texasbagpiper » Tue Jul 23, 2013 3:19 pm

I hope you guys don't mind if I post the restoration of a possible Brennan chanter that I have which came with only 1 key/ F-nat and is also missing the lower ivory mount above the popping valve. I will also replace this mount with ivory.

Here is the original chanter as found.

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I've just begun this restoration just today. I started with the "lay" as I call it for the Bb and C-nat springs. Luckily I have other Taylor and Taylor type chanters to use as a model to restore this chanter.

Here is the "lay" I built and installed today.

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That's it for now. This is probably the easiest of the 4 pieces that I have to make to restore all the key's on the chanter. My guess is the C-nat key will be the next easiest, followed by the G#, with the Bb being the hardest. I'll know soon enough. An ivory mount will be turned to fit where the missing mount used to be.

Couple of other chanter's which are very useful to use as a guide. I'm also restoring the baritone regulator on my Taylor full-set which was missing all the keys but the tab mounts where still there. It can be seen on the far right, next to the tenor regulator.

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Re: Brennan Chanter Restoration

Post by texasbagpiper » Tue Jul 23, 2013 3:34 pm

Oop's, I just realized by looking at my other Taylor chanters that the "lay" needs to have a spring attached to it that curves down on top of the Bb key. I'll add that after I make the Bb key and fit them all together at one time. Seth

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Re: Brennan Chanter Restoration

Post by texasbagpiper » Thu Jul 25, 2013 3:46 pm

Bb key almost finished. Just need to buff some scratches out of the metal and make it shine.

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Re: Brennan Chanter Restoration

Post by PJ » Fri Jul 26, 2013 8:54 am

texasbagpiper wrote:... looking at my other Taylor chanters ...
Comments like that will not get you any sympathy on this forum!! :wink:
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Re: Brennan Chanter Restoration

Post by the plod » Fri Jul 26, 2013 4:54 pm

are you doing this as a commission?

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Re: Brennan Chanter Restoration

Post by texasbagpiper » Sat Aug 03, 2013 8:39 am

the plod wrote:are you doing this as a commission?

I own this chanter , but it is already sold when it's finished. It's one of the chanters that came with the Taylor set and other chanters. Seth

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Re: Brennan Chanter Restoration

Post by texasbagpiper » Fri Dec 27, 2013 3:34 pm

Sorry, forgot to post the finished restoration. This was my first attempt at Taylor type keys and It was an enjoying challenge.

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Re: Brennan Chanter Restoration

Post by PJ » Fri Dec 27, 2013 4:03 pm

Nice job, Seth. Have you managed to reed that chanter?
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Re: Brennan Chanter Restoration

Post by texasbagpiper » Fri Dec 27, 2013 4:30 pm

PJ wrote:Nice job, Seth. Have you managed to reed that chanter?
It's reeded and going. I'm working on reeding the ebony one now which is said to be a Patsy Brown chanter.
I've heard that a smaller than normal reed is the recipe.

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Re: Brennan Chanter Restoration

Post by reedmaster » Sun Dec 29, 2013 11:05 am

Brilliant work Seth, just beautiful!

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Re: Brennan Chanter Restoration

Post by the plod » Mon Dec 30, 2013 5:13 pm

yeah, looks great. lots o' metal.

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Re: Brennan Chanter Restoration

Post by djm » Tue Dec 31, 2013 7:14 am

What's it sound like? (hint, hint)

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