Introducing the Pitch Guard™. This ingenious, patent pending device will totally prevent a bagpiper over blowing a chanter reed. When adjusted correctly, no amount of blowing will cause the pitch of the chanter to rise. Especially on the top hand notes.
Additionally, the Pitch Guard™ will act as a pipe chanter cut off valve. No need to take the chanter out and place a cork in the stock to play the drones on their own. Just turn the lever until the valve is completely closed and the chanter won’t make a sound.
The Pitch Guard™ regulates the air pressure to the chanter reed and can be retro-fitted to any chanter stock. Fully adjustable from 20-45 inches of water. Allows for great attacks for pipe bands. Imagine that introduction E being in tune every time. Amazing! Truly Amazing!
The Pitch Guard™ requires a bit more air. When fitted your reed will gauge about 2 inches H20 stronger. The beauty of the Pitch Guard™ is that you can play a much easier reed knowing you can’t overblow it no matter what you do. The amazing Pitch Guard™ allows you to relax into your tunes and gives you space to concentrate on timing, fingering and music. Yes indeed the Pitch Guard™, created by Chris Apps, is the most useful invention for the bagpipes we have seen in decades.
"Wow. Chris! This is such a scientifically brilliant idea. Usually I'm pretty skeptical of "tone gadgets". This isn't a gadget. It took me a minute to sort out what this thing is doing. From physics standpoint, it's absolutely brilliant and will work. Assuming I can find the equilibrium of it."