The Rosewood Practice Chanter is a great way to start learning how to play the bagpipes. Made of fine handcrafted quality, this chanter originates from Pakistan and weighs about 2 pounds. This is the best-selling model among the products of the manufacturer, with its being of traditional size and coming with an engraved and nickeled ferrule and sole and a body made of rosewood. Anyone wishing to learn to play the bagpipes would need to start off with a chanter, and this is a great option. Measuring 19 inches in length, it comes with a reed, and plays in B-flat key. Note that the wood grain tends to vary from unit to unit.
Rosewood Practice Chanter Review:
There were less than ten reviewers for this folk instrument, and the average rating was at 3.4 stars. Still, there was only one customer who gave it a rating below 3.0-stars, so it still seems to be worth a check.
One of the reviewers who loved this chanter shared how he got interested in chanters after seeing a friend who played the bagpipes use it during work break periods. He was happy to find that it was of a fairly good quality. He described the wood as looking nice, and he appreciated how the joints used thread instead of cork. He was also not surprised to find that it came with a plastic reed, since it was to be expected for the price; the wood reed would apparently cost more than this piece itself. He admitted that his brother was not too happy with the sound, but he confirmed that it sounded just like other chanters. Another buyer admitted to not having high expectations with his purchase, but he was pleased to find it giving a good sound and being constructed quite decently. He conceded that the included reed was not too good, but it was easy to get a replacement, as other reviewers also found. He described this as relatively quiet, given that it was a practice chanter, and he highly recommended this for people wanting to learn to play the bagpipes.
So far, one of the buyers only felt that the ornate metal bell that came with the chanter was a bit too heavy and almost unnecessary for him. But he still liked the chanter. The only reviewer who gave this chanter a poor 1.0-star rating only commented that learning to play the pipes would require a quality practice chanter, as well as a great instructor. He went on to suggest checking out bands or instructors who taught over Skype; he did not really make a review of this specific product and instead just gave a generalization of not sticking with low-quality items and thinking it was possible to learn with no instruction.
Overall, we would be happy to recommend this chanter for hobbyists who want to take up the folk instrument. If you are truly serious about learning, we would agree with the reviewer who recommended getting a real, dedicated instructor.