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Old 11-10-2018, 07:46 PM   #1
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Default Drone reed recommendation for 1910 Hendersons

I am looking for a rich mellow sound when playing solos. I used to have a set of Crozier Omegas but canít find a new set.

I tried a set of Kinnairds which are good for band play but I find them too harsh sounding for solos.

I am currently playing Croziers (with one bridle) but they are super finicky to tune. I like them better than the Kinnairds but I would really like to find something like the Crozier Omegas.

Would really like to hear from pipers who play vintage Hendersons.

Thank you!
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Old 11-10-2018, 09:11 PM   #2
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Default Re: Drone Reed Recommendation for 1910 Hendersons

Ezydrone tenors and an inverted cane bass should give you what your looking for.
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Old 11-10-2018, 09:44 PM   #3
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Default Re: Drone Reed Recommendation for 1910 Hendersons

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I am looking for a rich mellow sound when playing solos. I used to have a set of Crozier Omegas but canít find a new set.

I tried a set of Kinnairds which are good for band play but I find them too harsh sounding for solos.

I am currently playing Croziers (with one bridle) but they are super finicky to tune. I like them better than the Kinnairds but I would really like to find something like the Crozier Omegas.

Would really like to hear from pipers who play vintage Hendersons.

Thank you!
Currently playing a full set of the standard Xtremes. Definitely mellower than Kinnairds. My set are WW1 era, made of ebony.

Ezee tenors + Kinnaird bass is a nice combo too, though maybe not mellow.

Cheers.

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Old 11-10-2018, 10:36 PM   #4
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Default Re: Drone Reed Recommendation for 1910 Hendersons

Ditto on Mattís recommendations. Ezee tenors and (original) Kinnaird bass or x-treme all around. I bet x-treme bass with Ezee tenors would be totally awesome.
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Old 11-11-2018, 07:04 AM   #5
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Default Re: Drone Reed Recommendation for 1910 Hendersons

I haven't tried Xtremes in my 1905 Hendersons, but if Patrick recommends them they must be worthwhile. I get a full but lush sound with Rocket tenors (are they still available?) and a cane bass that I picked up in Scotland several years ago. I'm not a traditionalist - I'll use anything that is satisfying - but there is a warmth to the cane bass that I haven't found in other reeds. The trick is to find tenor reeds that complement it (I haven't gotten the tenor cane reeds to be reliable enough in this climate to use yet, but working on it). Of the many sets I have, EZs and Rockets play well together with the cane bass.
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Old 11-11-2018, 07:08 AM   #6
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Default Re: Drone Reed Recommendation for 1910 Hendersons

Ditto to both Matt and Patrick - Ezee tenors with X-Treme or Kinnaird bass. I'd throw the Kinnaird Edge in there too. In my pipes, it's just as rich as the X-Treme bass, but very smooth and bright.
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Old 11-11-2018, 08:23 AM   #7
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Mainebagpipes,

I found the Kinnaird Edge bass reed wholly unadjustable. The only way I got it to work (sort of) was to disengage the adjustment screw from the tongue entirely. What did I miss?

FWIW, I have easily (though tediously) set up Crozier Omega reeds in the past (RTFM is essential for success there).
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Old 11-11-2018, 01:01 PM   #8
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Interesting - no idea. Other than realizing the bridle does pretty much nothing adjustment-wise, I had no trouble getting mine set up. It just took some trial and error, and really small movements of the adjustment screw (less than 1/16th of a turn). Overall, it was about like any other time I've set a new bass reed. I also had the benefit of my teacher dealing with the learning curve for the reed at the start of the year, when he switched to the Edge bass in his old Hendersons (I didn't try one in my less-old Hendersons until right after my final solo event of the year). So far, I'm finding it a little less finicky than the X-Treme was.

FWIW, I'm playing a relatively light chanter reed right now for solos and a much stronger reed for band, and haven't had any trouble adjusting the Edge bass for either pressure range.
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Old 11-11-2018, 01:20 PM   #9
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I might have mentioned elsewhere ...donít overlook the new kid on the block....MG White Mamba reeds. Smooth,big,steady,solid in my book.
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Old 11-14-2018, 12:37 PM   #10
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Ditto on Mattís recommendations. Ezee tenors and (original) Kinnaird bass or x-treme all around. I bet x-treme bass with Ezee tenors would be totally awesome.
This is what i'm using, although my set are 1950s. Ezee tenors with X-treme bass - solid!
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