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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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