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

Randall Paine
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Date Posted: 08:31:49 01/26/02 Sat
In reply to: Eric R. Gagne 's message, "Reed adjustment/scraping for new Pipes?" on 13:50:43 01/22/02 Tue

the clanrye reed was mentioned here. although i agree that the clanrye reed's tone is lacking, it may be worth a try if you just want to see some progress on the pipes. they are very stable and easy to work with.
however, sooner or later you will want to move to cane. so, how you get there is up to you. i did the clanrye route. i must admit that it actually set me back because, although i have many tunes under my belt, i am still working on my stamina and that wonderful tone that comes from playing a robust reed.
ask yourself whether you want to struggle a little now or stuggle later. that may give you your answer with the clanrye.
as mentioned, the internet is full of articles on this subject. let knowledge be your guide. best wishes eric.

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

Harold Cook
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Date Posted: 22:57:49 01/26/02 Sat

Yup, we've all been there/done it. Yeah, they're $6 - $8 apiece, but chanter reeds are consumables; you keep shaving and sanding and replacing them until you find a good one. Then you keep that one forever. Yep, a moist reed is much easier to blow than a dry one. And in most bagpipes, they're soaking wet the whole time they're being played. Wet your reed well before your start tooting. Chris Reed's book is excellent and cheap. Pick one up and read it. It'll get you manipulating reeds logically. I also like Bruce Liberati's booklet, but it's out of print. His wife sometimes has copies on eBay. Clanryes don't work well in all chanters, or even in the same brand of chanter. I've got one in a Naill B/W and I wouldn't change it. My other chanters have cane, and none of them will use a Clanrye acceptably - matter of fact, they sound really lousy. My belief is that if you bought one, you'd be unhappy with it, unless you happened to have the one-in-ten chanter that "works" with the plastic reed. If you're dead set on trying a Clanrye, I'll let you borrow one. Email me.
The "Easy" Wygent, Hardie and Soutar reeds will get you going, too, but I've never had a Soutar last all that long. That may have been because of my habit of scraping reeds before they're blown in sufficiently. I'm not real patient with reeds. Some of them ALWAYS blow like a 2x4 and I don't care to expend a lot of energy just to find that out.


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