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Chanter

The part of Bagpipes which is provided to make the Melody in the hands of the skillful.

The chanter is a tube which may be open or closed at the bottom and has a variable number of holes along its length for the fingers to cover. Covering and uncovering the holes in the right pattern creates notes when the chanter is supplied with air from the bellows.

The inside of the tube may have parallel sides or tapering (usually conical) and the end contains a Reed which vibrates in the air passed over it from the bellows giving the pipes their characteristic sound.