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Subject: Re: Reed issues or technique?????

Eric R. Gagne
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Date Posted: 21:55:24 04/16/02 Tue
In reply to: Brian MacColl 's message, "Re: Reed issues or technique?????" on 14:33:58 04/16/02 Tue

This is a reply to the reply that I received from my question from earlier today.

First of all, thank you Brian for taking the time to answer my questions. As far as the reed's tone it does indeed deteriorate and has somewhat of a "airy" tone to it and then it dies. In regards to my saying that the reed "doesn't last very long" I mean practice time, it will only sound good for about 20 minutes to a half an hour and then it dies, not to mention it is very frustrating. Before this all started happening I could play for about 2-3 hours at a time and have no problems with this. As far as moisture is concerned I don't think I'm having too much problems with too much moisture. I don't know if they were pre-scraped at the store where I ordered them. I will be honest, I am reasonably new to the piping world, but took to it seemingly quick, I know quite a few songs and I'm currently in lessons with an experienced teacher. Unfortunately I have a set of Pakis and have been told a number of times by every piper(including my teacher)that I should have bought a much better to start off with, I realize this now. I bought some of the Wygent Drone reeds that have worked out very nicely to start out with and I have used the Soutar and Warnock reeds in the chanter.
Again thank you for the information and could you please give me any more tips on my reed situation???

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