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piper_hm 08-09-2019 06:35 AM

Favorite solo reed?
Anyone here have a certain make of solo chanter reed they use religiously? Or do some people switch it up and try multiple makers (like myself)?

Klondike Waldo 08-09-2019 07:00 PM

Re: Favorite solo reed?
I use a few different makes, and sort them between 4 chanters:shrug:

William McKenzie 08-09-2019 11:30 PM

Re: Favorite solo reed?
I think I have most makes at this point, probably about 20 from over the years. Favorites have been Chesneys and McPhee. Troys are tonally top shop but I get tired of breaking them in and then tweaking.

Green Piper 08-14-2019 01:32 PM

Re: Favorite solo reed?
For me, the Troy-MacAllister reeds have been a go to reed in all my solo chanters. Last year, I played a Husk in a borrowed Shepherd ABW and liked it.

Once, I secured the Shepherd into my ownership, I played with other reeds. Currently, MacLellan reeds sound really good at my playing strength (easy-medium).


Mac an t-Sealgair 08-15-2019 03:38 AM

Re: Favorite solo reed?
Shepherd moulded, never fails.

Have tried most and always return to the Shepherds. Though I would say that I have had excellent results with Troy MacAllister too.

Texas Gael 08-15-2019 06:30 AM

Re: Favorite solo reed?
Have been playing Macphee since the late 1980s. Won me a number of solo prizes when I was younger and competing. Donald still makes outstanding reeds, see no reason to try any others.

Cheers -


NickTaitz 08-15-2019 06:57 AM

Re: Favorite solo reed?
I like Shepherd straight cut, and Gilmour from Australia.

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