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Old 04-12-2012, 10:03 PM   #1
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Default MacCallum band chanter and Gilmour reed

I don't know, I just have to say it.

I put a Gilmour reed in my MacCallum band chanter and BAM ! What a combo. It sounds just cracking. I've got all me other chanters put away for now.

Maybe I have not played enough other chanters, but the Mc, I think it's a peach !
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Old 04-12-2012, 11:40 PM   #2
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Gilmour's are great reeds. You'll find Husk reeds work great in the Mc's as well.
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Old 04-15-2012, 05:57 PM   #3
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Yes Gilmour's are great reeds when there on but I have found over the years quality to be spotty!
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Old 04-15-2012, 06:10 PM   #4
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Default Re: MacCallum band chanter and Gilmour reed

Our band uses Warnock, and sometimes McPhee. I just picked up some Husk reeds for my blackwood Henderson (new version) chanter, plugged one into the McCallum and it sounded very sweet. Otherwise, Warnock reeds seem to be a good match as well.
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Old 04-16-2012, 12:15 PM   #5
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Gilmour's are great reeds. You'll find Husk reeds work great in the Mc's as well.
...wait 'til you try an 'easy-medium' Chesney reed from Terry Tully.
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Old 04-16-2012, 12:23 PM   #6
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Default Re: MacCallum band chanter and Gilmour reed

I have no desire to play a ridge cut reed. I'm not racist, but I'm definitely a reedist.
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I started with ridge cuts and am moving on to straight cuts... I find them so much easier to break in and adjust in medium strength.
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Default Re: MacCallum band chanter and Gilmour reed

Our band uses this combo, and my experiences are so so... The sound is great and the scale is true, if you manage to fins a reed that works spot on... Some do, some don't. I myself has found the gilmour reeds to double tone on high a quite often giving one tone at one preassure, then another "step up" at just s lightly increased preassure. Not like an overblow at all, they simply change between two given intervalls at the slightest change in preassure. don't know why this is, could be bad reeds or something else. But I'd say at least three out of five gilmour reeds have acted this way in ouy McC chanters...
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Old 04-18-2012, 08:39 AM   #9
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I have never had that experience with Gilmour reeds. But, I don't play them in McCallum chanters.
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Old 04-18-2012, 08:45 AM   #10
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Bushido, the McCallum chanter has a threaded reed seat. Make sure you have the reed hemped up well and that is it making full contact with the seat, that should help.

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