Octave G Tuning

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Octave G Tuning

Postby Jon » Tue Jun 16, 2009 10:57 pm

Any experience out there with octave G tuning on a G/C instrument?

One chanter tuned g’ as usual, the other chanter tuned g (octave lower)?

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Re: Octave G Tuning

Postby Scott Marshall » Wed Jun 17, 2009 1:20 am

Hi Jon,
I tried it, it's a nice warm sound, and allows more versatility. Its becoming a 'popular' tuning here, used by Cliff Stapleton and Steve Tyler. I bought a string from NRI, just explained what I wanted and they sent me a good wound gut one, but I think most people use synthetic strings. I switched back to unison chanterelles in the end though, I think I prefer the punchy old school g/c sound. :mrgreen:
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Re: Octave G Tuning

Postby Jon » Wed Jun 17, 2009 2:41 am

Thanks Scott.

Who is NRI for the strings - they have a website?

Website for synthetic strings?
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Re: Octave G Tuning

Postby psychotriav » Wed Jun 17, 2009 9:57 am

Hi Jon,

NRI's site is:
http://www.nrinstruments.demon.co.uk/
Excellent range of top quality strings: very helpful on the 'phone. You might like to try a g' and g'' combo by using a 38thou low twist gut for the g' and one of Neil Brook's synthetic "wonderstrings" for the g''. It's sold as a d'' substitute and will easily go up to g''.
You'll find it here: http://www.hurdy-gurdy.org.uk/accessories.html along with several other very useful products unavailable elsewhere.
A cheaper source of strings over your side is: http://www.aquilausa.com.
I've just ordered some of their synthetics from the Italian arm.
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Re: Octave G Tuning

Postby Scott Marshall » Wed Jun 17, 2009 1:13 pm

psychotriav wrote:Hi Jon,

NRI's site is:
http://www.nrinstruments.demon.co.uk/
Excellent range of top quality strings: very helpful on the 'phone. You might like to try a g' and g'' combo by using a 38thou low twist gut for the g' and one of Neil Brook's synthetic "wonderstrings" for the g''. It's sold as a d'' substitute and will easily go up to g''.
You'll find it here: http://www.hurdy-gurdy.org.uk/accessories.html along with several other very useful products unavailable elsewhere.
A cheaper source of strings over your side is: http://www.aquilausa.com.
I've just ordered some of their synthetics from the Italian arm.
Regards,
Steve :ugeek:


Steve I tried that high g/c tuning on an instrument at Towersey a couple of years back...it's scary high! Does anyone use it? Did Simon from Snaketown?
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Re: Octave G Tuning

Postby Jon » Wed Jun 17, 2009 5:28 pm

Scott -
You might try the g' g'' combo


Actually, was thinking of trying a g and g' combo (g' being the normal for both chanters on G/C), not a g' and g'' combo.

So g', and g an octave lower (g like the mouche). This possible?

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Re: Octave G Tuning

Postby Scott Marshall » Wed Jun 17, 2009 8:36 pm

Jon wrote:Scott -
You might try the g' g'' combo


Actually, was thinking of trying a g and g' combo (g' being the normal for both chanters on G/C), not a g' and g'' combo.

So g', and g an octave lower (g like the mouche). This possible?

Jon


Jon, absolutely yes, that is the way to go, 36-38 thou gut and a wound string for the octave down...Graham Whyte is the best person to ask about this, he has a wonderful old Colson in this tuning.
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