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Old 08-09-2019, 07:35 AM   #1
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Default Favorite solo reed?

Anyone here have a certain make of solo chanter reed they use religiously? Or do some people switch it up and try multiple makers (like myself)?
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Old 08-09-2019, 08:00 PM   #2
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Default Re: Favorite solo reed?

I use a few different makes, and sort them between 4 chanters
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Old 08-10-2019, 12:30 AM   #3
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I think I have most makes at this point, probably about 20 from over the years. Favorites have been Chesneys and McPhee. Troys are tonally top shop but I get tired of breaking them in and then tweaking.
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Old 08-14-2019, 02:32 PM   #4
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Default Re: Favorite solo reed?

For me, the Troy-MacAllister reeds have been a go to reed in all my solo chanters. Last year, I played a Husk in a borrowed Shepherd ABW and liked it.

Once, I secured the Shepherd into my ownership, I played with other reeds. Currently, MacLellan reeds sound really good at my playing strength (easy-medium).

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Old 08-15-2019, 04:38 AM   #5
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Default Re: Favorite solo reed?

Shepherd moulded, never fails.

Have tried most and always return to the Shepherds. Though I would say that I have had excellent results with Troy MacAllister too.
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Old 08-15-2019, 07:30 AM   #6
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Default Re: Favorite solo reed?

Have been playing Macphee since the late 1980s. Won me a number of solo prizes when I was younger and competing. Donald still makes outstanding reeds, see no reason to try any others.

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Old 08-15-2019, 07:57 AM   #7
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I like Shepherd straight cut, and Gilmour from Australia.
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