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Old 02-28-2010, 05:34 PM   #3
Andrew Lenz
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: Santa Cruz, California
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Default Re: Does a new chanter reed need to "break in"?

Here are a few more unorthodox ways of breaking in new reeds:

Most blow in a reed by simply playing it in the pipes for short periods until it reaches a good state—usually on the order of weeks, depending on how often and long it's played. Many pipers first scrape/sand the reed until it's slightly harder than is desired knowing that it will ease with time.

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