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2022 Piping Products of the Year by Pipe|Drums
Introducing the PitchGuard™. The ingenious, patent pending device with three possible uses.
- Chanter cut off valve
- Internal reed cap
- Can be used to guard against overblowing
The PitchGuard™ regulates the air pressure to the chanter reed and is not a gadget or a toy. It can be retro-fitted to any chanter stock** and is fully adjustable from 20-45 inches of water.
"I can most definitely recommend the Pitch Guard, a complete game changer for a novice through to an experienced piper."
Chic Mackie - retired piper of the Black Watch 1st Battalion Royal Highlanders
The PitchGuard™ can be used as a pipe chanter cut off valve. Turn the lever and the chanter will stop completely. 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. Very useful for tuning the drones - see video.
The cut off will help students who need a bit of practice marching without playing. The PitchGuard™ also allows inexperienced and/or mature pipers to participate in performances as they can turn the chanter off whenever they need a rest – even in the middle of a parade.
The PitchGuard™ makes a wonderful internal reed cap. Shut off completely between sets to encase the reed in warmth and moisture. This will aid in keeping the chanter stable for longer during breaks in play. It will also reduce the possibility of the chanter reed being damaged when removed/replaced.
Amazing! Truly Amazing! Read some customer comments
When the PitchGuard™ is adjusted correctly, no amount of usual* over blowing will cause the pitch of the chanter to rise. Especially on the top hand notes. This allows for great attacks for pipe bands. Imagine that introduction E being in tune every time. Will also stop players reacting to changes in the pipers around them. Trying to "split the difference".
Long story short, this wonderful little device has taken my daughter’s playing to new levels. Thanks again!!
The PitchGuard™ requires a bit more air. When fitted your reed will gauge about 2 inches H20 stronger. The beauty of the PitchGuard™ is that you can play a much easier reed knowing you can’t overblow it no matter what you do. The amazing PitchGuard™ allows you to relax into your tunes and gives you space to concentrate on timing, fingering and music.
Yes indeed the PitchGuard™, created by Chris Apps, is the most useful invention for the bagpipes we have seen in decades.
Available in UK - Bandspec
Available in Europe - Kilts & More
Available in Australia - Brisbane Bagpiper
Tune your drones to the chanter using the PitchGuard™
Control pitch with the PitchGuard™