9800Re: [HurdyGurdyForum] Dare I retune upwards?
- Mar 14, 2016Hi RichardAll the Chris Eaton gurdies I've seen are very strongly built so I doubt there will be any problems although the volume of the drone will increase but can probably stand a shim or two.Best regardsNeilThanks Neil,
So raising all the drone strings won't be putting too much tension on the instrument, then? It's an Eaton Pajot model. I don't know what the strings are, other than their gauges, as it came to me 2nd hand & strung.
On 13/03/16 16:17, Neil Brook nwbrook@... [HurdyGurdyForum] wrote:Hi RichardThe ideal solution is to fit lighter strings but keeping the same strings on should not pose any structural problems in the short term. You will find the tone more strident so may need to shim . As you say, simply playing the g tuned string in key of a with drones at e or a will work better and give you some leading notes for free.CheersNeil
I'm prepared to be shot down in flames for even asking this but .... do I dare tune a nice G gurdy up into A or is that completely unfair on the structure?
I'm making an arrangement of something that really wants to be on A, for the other instruments available.
I happily move occasional harp strings up and down by half tones but would never think of retuning the entire instrument. I've seen what happens to a cheap nylon strung guitar (not mine) when someone tried to put wire strings on it, and it was wasn't a pretty sight, and it was never going to be a guitar again.
Gurdies are very differently structured, however.
Alternatively, would it be unkind to retune drones and trompette string but play the chanters in A rather than retuning them? Or is this this still courting disaster? I'd not wish to risk an instrument!
Any well informed advice grateful received, please.
I may just have to take cover at this point :-)
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