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Old 04-17-2019, 07:08 PM   #4
Patrick McLaurin
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Default Re: To carve or not to carve?

Apps makes several reeds, one of which requires moisture (though that may be just his pc reeds). Regardless, definitely make sure you’re playing it under the conditions it was designed to be played under (wet/dry) or it will contort and become too easy/hard/impossible to play.

With plastic reeded chanters, do not carve the chanter. It IS the reed. With the plastic reed, it may help to trim a bit right off the top (1 mm?) of the blades to sharpen the top hand. Plastic reeds are cheap, do not booger with the chanter. This is coming from a guy who has no resevations about carving pipe chanters.
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