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Old 09-14-2018, 06:07 AM   #3
Patrick McLaurin
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Default Re: Dumb Question: Drones vs. Chanter Reed Strength

You need to set the drone reeds to operate at the pressure required to make the chanter reed sound. Your tenor is set to play too “hard”. You need to make the tongue shorter by moving the bridle. Teeny weeny itsy bitsy yellow polka dot bikini movements are all that is needed during this trial and error process. If you saw it move, it might have moved too far. Ideally, once you move to a stronger reed, the drones would start cutting out meaning you would need to make the tongue longer again.

I think large diameter bushings in the drone tops also lead to this issue, but pipe makers generally know what they’re doing and your case is cut and dry.
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