Bob Dunsire Bagpipe Forums

Bob Dunsire Bagpipe Forums (
-   Technique & Instrument (
-   -   Reeds for High B? (

Klondike Waldo 04-19-2018 05:51 PM

Reeds for High B?
OK, so this is probably coming from the fringe, but I play a bunch of tunes that require high B and/or high G#. Some of the reeds I've been using sail easily into the g high b, and some can barely make a b flat.
Does anyone have an idea what aspect of the reed makes the Hi B (&C #) easily reached?

CalumII 04-20-2018 07:43 AM

Re: Reeds for High B?
A starting point might be to look at the differences between uilleann chanter and regulator reeds - they are the same basic design but the regs are shaped so as to not overblow.

Klondike Waldo 04-20-2018 02:29 PM

Re: Reeds for High B?
Thanks, Calum, and if I ever get a chance to examine such reeds, I'll be happy to……

But, I have recently purchased chanter reeds for a few different reedmakers and have found that some of the same make and model of reed will easily overblow and others, ostensibly identical, will not and yet other will overblow, but produce a high B flat rather than a high B:shrug:

Conrad84 04-23-2018 06:42 AM

Re: Reeds for High B?
An admittedly wacky idea:

The Asturian gaita is commonly pitched around Bflat and seems designed to get those second octave notes. I've no idea if the chanter bore is at all similar to a GHB chanter (and otherwise don't know how much I don't know), but might their reeds be worth considering too?

zarb 04-23-2018 01:03 PM

Re: Reeds for High B?
I think its those few reeds that have a very slightly different taper, and a slightly more elastic bit of cane. Thinner toward the business end, and a bit more rubbery cane. For me the next experiment would be to slightly thin the area in the second third of the cane above the hemp winding, on one of the reeds that doesn't make High B, and compare it with one that does. Best of luck with this, and I'd like to hear more.

Klondike Waldo 04-23-2018 03:02 PM

Re: Reeds for High B?
I might kill a few reeds in the process, but we'll see how it goes:woot:

Larry Samuels 04-24-2018 08:29 AM

Re: Reeds for High B?
Just curious if anyone has a recording of a tune with High B on the GHB to share? The one time I tried it, I could get a high B, but the pressure increase needed was so great, the following note(s) were out of tune (till pressure was back to normal). I've always wondered if it's practical to play in performance because of that.

Any recordings would be very interesting! and thanks.


bob864 04-25-2018 07:56 AM

Re: Reeds for High B?
I don't play tunes with high b, but I experimented a little for fun. I was using Abadour reeds and they seemed to work well.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 12:03 AM.