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Old 01-21-2020, 04:47 PM   #1
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Greetings, all! For years I have used the Frazer Warnock PC reeds, but lately I haven't been very happy with them. Just curious as to some of your favorites and why, if you care to share. I'm open to trying something new. I have a long Naill poly practice chanter. Thanks for your input!
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Old 01-21-2020, 05:34 PM   #2
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I used Walsh in my long Naill for a long time but recently realized when I took the top off that I forgot I’ve been used a similarly designed Erik Leiken. They’re easy to blow and in relatively good tune.
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Old 01-21-2020, 05:40 PM   #3
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Greetings, all! For years I have used the Frazer Warnock PC reeds, but lately I haven't been very happy with them. Just curious as to some of your favorites and why, if you care to share. I'm open to trying something new. I have a long Naill poly practice chanter. Thanks for your input!
I had a small batch of 5-6 FW recently...only 1 was useable out of the box.

Scrubbing the blade faces ( Middle of the blades ...from about 1/16 down from the top) back/forth over some 400 grit wet/dry paper several times with just enough finger pressure..6-7 times ... to leave a slight red smear made them better and playable. Annoying...Ive had other FW reeds play perfect out of the box.

I am also a fan of John Walsh reeds. Most usually no issues....ditto with the FWs ...I think the last few I got were the remainder of a box of several dozen after being picked over.
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Old 01-22-2020, 12:18 PM   #4
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My favorite PC reed depends on the time of day that I'm practicing (as someone who lives in an apartment complex). During the day, I belt out whatever tunes/exercises on a Frazer Warnock or Gibson reed.

I've also heard good things about Walsh, but have never gotten around to actually trying them. The Q1 is my other go-to "quiet" PC reed. I wasn't a biggest fan of the Abedour PC reed in my Dunbar regular-length poly PC -- blowing felt very restricted (the word congested comes to mind, for some reason). Abedour was, however, the quietest of the 7-8 reeds that I've tried, so some folks might value that while compromising on the "feel" of it all.
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Old 01-22-2020, 01:35 PM   #5
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Walsh and Q1 are my go-to for my PC. I've tried others...Abedour is too easy and quiet, while Abbotts are too loud. However, I do use Gibson or Abbotts in my kitchen pipes, as they are better suited (in my opinion) for that setup.
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Thanks for the input! I'll try a few of the reeds and even the sanding of my FW's.
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Old 01-22-2020, 05:31 PM   #7
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Walsh all day long in every PC I own. And I'm a critical sob with zero connection to the maker, other than being a happy consumer. We buy them for my pipe band, as I'm.the PM and don't have time for PCs that sound like a duck call...I'm.sure there are others as good, just haven't needed to find them....I wish all my piping decisions were this easy....
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Old 01-26-2020, 01:09 AM   #8
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Walsh are great PC reeds in the right chanter. I purchased an RH Hardie Twist Trap PC this last Fall and have been loving it. But I've been trying to find reeds I don't overblow or that don't sound off which includes the Walsh that went really well in my previous PC.

Warnocks are always a go to and that's what I have in it currently but I'd like to find something more robust. Gibson PC reeds do not work nor do G1 reeds, I think because the Gibson blades are just too large and the G1 is very similar to the Walsh and doesn't like my chanter.

Have anyone tried either the:
Abbott Narrow version or the Deboth ?

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Old 01-29-2020, 09:55 PM   #9
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Best reed ever by George Alexander, Isle of Wight (formerly London) who also pioneered the long practice chanter. This reed has been giving me wonderful service since the mid 1970s.
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Old 01-30-2020, 04:52 AM   #10
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You're in good company Ian - Ian Duncan also uses one of those, though I seem to remember him saying his dated from the 60s! I'd love to know how they were made.
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