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Old 08-12-2020, 06:24 PM   #1
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Default Practice Chanter Reed Recommendation

Been out of piping for @10 years but back at it
A bit slower, rustier,and older 72
I have both a Nail and Dunbar ABW long practice
chanters and a tin of reeds
Problem is I can't get decent ,consistent tone from any of them
Part of issue may be may blowing , but really want to get a few new
PC reeds
Looking for recommendation and vendor of choice
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Old 08-12-2020, 09:37 PM   #2
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Walsh goes great in both my poly and ABW chanters.
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Old 08-13-2020, 07:16 AM   #3
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I've had great results with Chris Apps PC reeds. The red and white ones. I have a long Naill poly PC that was really difficult to get good tone out of, but works great with the Apps reed. I have them in most of my other PCs, too.
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Old 08-13-2020, 10:38 AM   #4
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I've had good luck with Warnock red PC reeds, both in my Lawrie standard PCs and my no-name ABW long PC I got at Hector Russell in the 1990s.
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Old 08-13-2020, 03:27 PM   #5
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Default Re: Practice Chanter Reed Recomondation

I kind of like purple ones - I googled it now and they are probably Walsh, but not 100% sure, because I liked them some time ago and ordered a plenty of them afterwards, and then forgot of course... Warnocks also sound great, but if I remember it correctly, they are a little bit louder...


EDIT: I play McCallum Long Poly Practice Chanter
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Old 08-13-2020, 04:11 PM   #6
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I kind of like purple ones - I googled it now and they are probably Walsh, but not 100% sure, because I liked them some time ago and ordered a plenty of them afterwards, and then forgot of course... Warnocks also sound great, but if I remember it correctly, they are a little bit louder...


EDIT: I play McCallum Long Poly Practice Chanter
..yes .Walsh changed to the pale purple color about 10 yrs ago ..probably to differentiate from the many other black reeds. Great reeds.
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Old 08-14-2020, 10:47 PM   #7
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I have found that a narrow Abbott reed plays well in a Nail PC
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Old 08-17-2020, 05:52 PM   #8
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I have two Naill Blackwood practice chanterS, so far the only reed I like in them is an Abbott.
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Old 08-18-2020, 10:36 PM   #9
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No doubt about it; the Abbott is the way to go in my humble opinion.
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Old 09-13-2020, 06:56 AM   #10
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Default Re: Practice Chanter Reed Recommendation

Have you considered your reed may be too strong?

I find a dental rubber band doubled around the blades helps with tone and playability.

Experiment with your assortment of reeds and placement of the band and you may find something you like that plays steadier and sounds smoother.

Also, while a new reed isn't a bad idea, I would gently clean the blades of your older ones as well, with a paper towel and a bit of alcohol or Windex.

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