Proposed longer WARBL version for pipers

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Proposed longer WARBL version for pipers

Post by admin » Tue Jan 21, 2020 10:58 pm

Hello all, I've had some requests for a longer version of WARBL that will be easier for pipers to play, and I'd like to make that available in 2020. I've been looking at options for the hole spacing, and I'm currently considering using the spacing from the McCallum "regular" GHB practice chanter, or possibly (if necessary) the standard GHB hole spacing (the same as the McCallum "long" practice chanter). My hope is that either one of those would also be more comfortable for uilleann player than the current WARBL.

In attached diagram, I've compared the WARBL with several other chanters. The main difference between WARBL and the others is that the spacing of the bottom three holes is shorter on WARBL, a decision I made in the original version to make it as compact as possible and also make it familiar to D whistle players. Pipers have told me that just increasing the spacing between those three holes would make a big difference for pipers, so my hope is that by using the "regular" practice chanter spacing the new WARBL version will have broader appeal to pipers. The overall length of the WARBL enclosure would only need to be around 1/2" (13 mm) longer than the original one.

I'd love to have hear some feedback on all this.

Thanks!

-Andrew
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Re: Proposed longer WARBL version for pipers

Post by fprintf » Fri Jan 24, 2020 3:13 pm

If you build the long practice chanter version I'll be among the first in line. Your product definitely has all the features I'm looking for, just not quite the correct finger spacing compared with dedicated e-chanters on the market. What a great idea!!

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Re: Proposed longer WARBL version for pipers

Post by admin » Fri Jan 24, 2020 3:45 pm

Great, thanks! I’m mostly likely going to use the “regular” practice chanter spacing. There’s also a lengthy discussion about this on the WARBL Facebook page, where people have proposed a few other possible changes.
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Re: Proposed longer WARBL version for pipers

Post by fprintf » Wed Feb 05, 2020 2:41 am

Ok I think the McCallum regular practice chanter will work. Just followed the Facebook group, can't wait to hear when the new version becomes available. Like another writer said, the whistle sizing/aspects of it are less appealing than the bagpipe aspects (though I don't need to go as far as having a bag with a valve and variable pressure for overblowing).

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Re: Proposed longer WARBL version for pipers

Post by admin » Wed Feb 05, 2020 5:02 pm

Thanks! Yes, the new version will be almost identical in other regards (about 3 mm longer overall) but will have the regular practice chanter spacing (also almost identical to Gaita). It will be still be fine for whistle players as well. I'm waiting for prototype PCBs, but everything in China is on hold because of corona virus, so it may be a little while ;)
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Re: Proposed longer WARBL version for pipers

Post by bartek87 » Tue Feb 11, 2020 10:20 am

Do You know when and for what price You will be selling Uileann D chanter?

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Re: Proposed longer WARBL version for pipers

Post by admin » Tue Feb 11, 2020 5:05 pm

I hope to have the longer version available in about three months. Just to be clear, though, it will have the "standard" GHB practice chanter spacing, so it will still be shorter than an uilleann chanter, but it should be more comfortable for an uilleann player than the current version. My plan is to have it supersede the current version, and the price will be the same ($250).
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Re: Proposed longer WARBL version for pipers

Post by Deisman » Fri Feb 14, 2020 2:17 pm

Andrew,
Please add me to the “pre-order” list if one exists.
Thank you

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Re: Proposed longer WARBL version for pipers

Post by admin » Fri Feb 14, 2020 5:03 pm

Sure, thanks! If you don't mind sending me an email, then I won't have to rely on this board to get in touch when the time comes.
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Re: Proposed longer WARBL version for pipers

Post by Fiddlerwill » Tue Feb 25, 2020 9:08 pm

Brilliant, PM sent

Also where is the FB discussion? Which group ? Thanks

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