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Old 06-01-2019, 04:23 PM   #28
Shawn Husk
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Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Niles, Ohio
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Default Re: Reeding a 440 Maclellen chanter

A local piper approached me about helping him set up his pipes for true A 440 pitch. He had purchased a MacLellan 440 chanter and drone reed extenders. I was able to fit one of my standard reeds to it and get it balanced at 440, the reed did seat rather high in the reed seat to accomplish this.

The extenders did help but we also required adding some weight to the tongues of the reeds. I did this by adding some of that rubber putty eraser stuff that used to come with Rocket drone reeds. Adding weight to the tongues of your drone reeds will give you a huge flattening affect and perhaps even make it so you will not need extenders at all.
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