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Old 01-22-2018, 08:23 AM   #1
Patrick McLaurin
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Default Plethora of G1 reed styles

G1 reeds now lists several makes of reed beyond their G1 platinum reed: copper staple, Bb, and A.

https://www.g1reeds.com/product-cate...reeds-chanter/

Does anyone have any insight into how these reeds perform differently from the standard G1 platinum reed?

Yes, I asked them directly via email. Their response was that they're all made about the same (but finished differently, whatever that implies I don't know) but Bb reeds help Bb chanters play truer to concert pitch, the same for the "key of A" reed.

Of course, this didn't really answer all of the questions I asked in my email so I'll try again, but in the meantime...

What I'm curious about is how these reeds are different than the standard G1 platinum and how they perform in standard chanters, not Bb or A chanters.

They must be different somehow, and can that difference be leveraged to perform better in standard chanters against various environmental conditions?

Thanks for your insight.
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Old 01-22-2018, 09:40 AM   #2
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Default Re: Plethora of G1 reed styles

To follow up, their second reply states the reeds would be "flatter overall and more notably flatter on high G."

I certainly hope so! Though they recommended Bb reeds, I have an A chanter that is tough to reed that I'd like to try their A reeds in, and I'll also give them a go in a standard chanter.

Those of us in the parched Southwest USA long battle against sharp high G. It doesn't matter the reed and none of the manipulations that have ever been suggested work. I honestly don't think people realize how sharp high G gets when the relative humidity is VERY low. Yes, it's winter and the relative humidity is low everywhere...

Oddly enough, John Elliott (Canada) makes border pipe reeds (A 440 reeds if you will) and the harder strength work fantastic as easy highland pipe reeds. The high G is in perfect tune with no tape! However, I have yet to convince him to make harder versions.

When I saw these G1 key of A reeds, I figured, ah snap, maybe these will do the trick!

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