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Old 05-21-2019, 11:50 PM   #1
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Default Molded reeds going the way of the Dodo?

Doing the usual inventory and updating of things, have casually looked at chanter reeds and other chanters out of curiosity.

Seems a few years ago (~5-10) where some reed makers in the past had both ridge cut and molded reeds, now only make a ridge cut. Others that were always ridge cut have updated their designs or/and offering other versions. Is this a newer trend because of the release of the latest batch of new chanters (Henderson, RMJ, Cel, Gandy etc)?

When I started a bit over 10 years ago the ridge cut were more intended as band reeds as they settled in a little quicker and had a brighter sound but perhaps weren't as 'sweet' or long lasting. The molded were more traditional with a 'thicker/rounder' tone good for solo playing and getting a long life out of your chanter reed. Seems a lot trickier now to find a Troy reed for example (without going direct to JMT) which I really liked in my McC2 (and a lot more convenient adding to other purchases from my favorite piping outlets).

Is the change from a market of molded and ridge cut reeds to predominantly ridge cut a perceived reality or is this an acknowledged thing?
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Old 05-22-2019, 01:29 PM   #2
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Default Re: Molded reeds going the way of the Dodo?

There's a Caldwell ridge cut in my band chanter, a Gandy McCallum, which has been going for nearly 2 years and still is loud and bright at 480. I've had a molded Gilmour in my other set in a Dunbar Eller chanter playing at 470 and it's at least 4 years old. But does this prove anything?
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Old 05-23-2019, 02:39 PM   #3
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Default Re: Molded reeds going the way of the Dodo?

I've never cared for ridge cuts..they sound chirpy on gracings and lack depth..but I get why bands go for them..they require less skill to get an in tune high A..I can always tell if a band is playing ridge cuts..but I don't think moulded reeds will disappear.
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Old 05-26-2019, 12:02 AM   #4
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There's a Caldwell ridge cut in my band chanter, a Gandy McCallum, which has been going for nearly 2 years and still is loud and bright at 480. I've had a molded Gilmour in my other set in a Dunbar Eller chanter playing at 470 and it's at least 4 years old. But does this prove anything?
Probably doesn't, but maybe?

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I've never cared for ridge cuts..they sound chirpy on gracings and lack depth..but I get why bands go for them..they require less skill to get an in tune high A..I can always tell if a band is playing ridge cuts..but I don't think moulded reeds will disappear.
They both have their pros and cons. Molded certainly take a while to settle in whereas the ridge cut I've been playing around with seem to be more "free" from the get go. Lots of variables though.

Which read makers still make molded though is the question. Troy, Gilmour, McPhee, Shepherd (classic version), Apps, Abbott?
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Old 05-26-2019, 07:07 AM   #5
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What is the oldest reed you have ever kept in use and what style was it? I was
issued a reed with 5-05 wrote on it.
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Old 05-26-2019, 07:11 AM   #6
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I can always tell if a band is playing ridge cuts...
But,...I can always tell what brand.....
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Old 05-26-2019, 04:02 PM   #7
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What is the oldest reed you have ever kept in use and what style was it? I was
issued a reed with 5-05 wrote on it.
Wow. Impressive.

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But,...I can always tell what brand.....
Okay this I need to know more about
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