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Subject: Re: Reed adjustment/scraping for new Pipes?

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Date Posted: 19:04:08 01/24/02 Thu
In reply to: Eric R. Gagne 's message, "Reed adjustment/scraping for new Pipes?" on 13:50:43 01/22/02 Tue

I know that a lot of pipers are going to say that this is scarelige but try the Clanrye synthetic. If you are fairly new to piping(I'm guessing that you are)it is no hassle. You can put it in the chanter tune it no more hassles. I've been getting a year out of them no trouble. Both times I've had to replace them was due to accident on my part. So the expense is well worth it.
Cane reeds do sound better but for me the clanrye's have been a real boon. I don't have to blow in new reeds or worry about manipulation and I get to enjoy my favorite passtime.
Oh they are availble in 3 strengths and it dosen't cahnge throughout the life of the reed.

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Hank Delison
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Date Posted: 23:07:51 01/25/02 Fri

Clanrye (plastic) chanter reeds. Wow, I know some people try them, we all have I guess, but what a waste. Just not the same as cane. Sound is lousy, feel is lousy, plus you don't get the enjoyment of learning how to use cane reeds.
Here's my advice, do as I did, find a bagpipe supplier on the internet, it's not hard, type in Bagpipes. Order an even dozen various strength reeds. When they come, settle back with a razor blade, sandpaper, punch, rubber bands, whatever and go to scraping, sanding, etc.. Yes, expect to ruin all 12 reeds, And a whole lot more, eventualy you will become skilled at reed manipulation. It's just part of the art of bagpipe playing. And can be quite rewarding when a reed you've worked on not only sounds great, but lasts a good long time. Chris Apps reeds puts out a good booklet on reeds, Check the back issues of The Voice magazine for articles by Nancy Tunnicliff. Ask every pipers you stumble accross what they do , Try it all and develop your own methods of reed manipulation.

I may not (am not) the best piper in the world, country, state or city, but by cracky I can still have good sound.

Been there, done that.

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Eric R. Gagne
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Date Posted: 14:39:20 02/04/02 Mon


Just wanted to thank you for your response on the message board in regards to my entry inquiring about How to adjust/scrape Chanter reeds.

Thanks Again!!

Eric R. Gagne

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