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Published on Jun 13, 2007
Here I'm showing the Hungarian Electric Bagpipe. It is made by Istvan Adorjan, a great piper and engineer. The chanter part of the set is wood and is exactly the same as a real chanter. The chanter has a "quick switch" touch sensor, the bottom right hole. This way the user can stop the sound with a single tap with the pinky finger. The chanter is connected to the box, which contains the electronics, speaker, the knobs and buttons, with a serial cable. The base sound is tunable to any pitch of any Hz from somewhere low F up to high C. No low E or D, unfortunately. This feature is especially useful when you want to practice with an original recording of an old piper tuned to an unconventional pitch. The chanter can be used to practice the music of all kinds of Carpathian double-bore chanters including the Hungarian, Slovakian, Slavonian (Northern Croatia and Serbia), Rumanian (Transilvania) and the Hungarian Speaking Moldavians. With the Scale button you can select the most common mixolydian, minor scales with or without flea-hole. For some notes it is possible to waver the sound by tapping a sensor below the played note. The drones can be switched on/off and there is a scalable metronome. With an extra chanter it is possible to play the four-reed, two counter-bass, Croatian Drava bagpipe music either. I made this presentation for the request of the great Australian piper, Cory Dale. In the meantime I saw this device with Croatian gajde chanter. I've learned from the maker that it can be used with a Macedonian/Bulgarian chanter, and it works with Scottish chanters as well.