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Subject: Re: 3rd Set

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Date Posted: 02:22:04 04/09/03 Wed
In reply to: Randy 's message, "Re: 3rd Set" on 02:19:41 04/09/03 Wed

>My Instructor hasn't helped me set the current reed in the
> I wish I did live close to a piping supply! I usually
>order via internet about a dozen at a time in hopes of
>getting three or four winners. I agree the best way is
>to try the reeds in your own chanter and then buy, But
>I think the closest piping supply that I'm aware of is
>way too far.
>>|||Out of curiousity, where are the drone tops tuning
>>(in coparison to the hemp-line)?
>the tenors are about 1/4in above the hemp line and the
>top bass joint about 1/8in above and the bottom is
>about the middle (maybe a little lower)of the tuning
>I'll take your advise on a little bit harder reed and
>I will not give into the temptation to shave it.
>>As a last resort, you might want to consider a set of
>>"tone enhancers" In a sipper bag, then can quiet a
>>set of drones somewhat (be aware that some people do
>>not like them).
>Yes, that is a good call. Right now I'm using shepard
>tone enhancers in both set of pipes and both sets have
>Bannatyne zipper bags. I like them, especially air
>effiency-wise. And your are right they do quiet the
>drones down some.
>>|||Lars Sloan of The Rogues plays them - and has
>>ridiculously nice tone. I know he instructs in
>>Houston, but am not sure how to contact (you might
>>want to check The Rogues website.
>I contacted Lars about six months ago and I don't
>think I asked him the right questions, at the time I
>was thinking it was perhaps the drone reeds that were
>the problem, and switched to cane for a while, But
>talk about having to fiddle and mess around before the
>pipes were in tune!! I don't think I'm ready for cane.
>>Also, I think Aberdeen Bagpipe supplies sells them -
>I purchased the Dunfion's from Aberdeen, I actually
>started on these pipes three years ago and I didn't
>even realize there was a problem until I purchased the
>Dunbar's and it only took me a very short time to
>balace the chanter get the drones tuned and locked on.
>Ignorance is bliss!
>I do think your sugesstion of a harder chanter reed
>may help and I'm going to give that a go. The chanter
>reed I'm currently playing: From Piob Hi G to low G I
>have to ease up on the pressure or Low G "honks".
>Thanks again for the help

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