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Old 02-26-2020, 06:29 AM   #1
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Default Reeding a "3/4" size chanter

Hi folks,
Just to put us all on the same page, I'm referring to a couple sets of pipes I have commonly called 3/4 size, but in reality closer to 7/8 size.
Formerly listed in old catalogues as reel pipes.
Initial attempts at using a modern chanter reed were not very successful. Does anybody have experience with these smaller chanters?
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Old 02-26-2020, 09:33 AM   #2
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Default Re: Reeding a "3/4" size chanter

I have experience in not having much luck with a 3/4 Center:

Ridge cut have flatter high G, but squeal with G gracenotes.

Straight cut have sharp high G, but don’t squeal, until you put tape on it.

Might need to play high G with the middle finger down.
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Old 02-26-2020, 08:29 PM   #3
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Default Re: Reeding a "3/4" size chanter

I've had similar experiences to Patrick - you can get something that's within shouting distance of working, but not really usable. I think the answer is to get them to an experienced reedmaker who has experience of reeding "odd" things.
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Old 02-27-2020, 05:45 AM   #4
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Thanks guys, perhaps I'll try a reed from a border chanter and see what that does.
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Old 02-27-2020, 06:47 AM   #5
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Not a bad idea, maybe grab one of John Elliottís sound supreme designed for the Piperís Choice border pipe chanter. They make great, really easy highland reeds with a flatter high G.
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Old 03-07-2020, 06:30 AM   #6
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You could try the synthetic border reeds from
http://reedsmclaren.com/Reed%20Info.html
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Old 03-07-2020, 06:53 AM   #7
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Default Re: Reeding a "3/4" size chanter

Thanks for the update, I was unaware that MacLaren had added border reeds to his offerings.
One of my more senior band mates is using one of his reeds with good result.
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