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Old 07-11-2018, 10:47 PM   #1
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Default Chanter reed too weak?

It seems that when I strike in the drones, I am simultaneously striking in the chanter reed;it's a Soutar easy reed,Maybe a wee bit too easy, any medium strength reads I can try out that you guys can suggest? Thanks!
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Old 07-12-2018, 05:24 AM   #2
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It seems that when I strike in the drones, I am simultaneously striking in the chanter reed;it's a Soutar easy reed,Maybe a wee bit too easy, any medium strength reads I can try out that you guys can suggest? Thanks!
It’s hard to play an easy reed ....well.

Before trying any of about 5-6 other brands of reeds or a medium Soutar..why not try to develop your own higher level of sophistication in striking in your instrument. More slowly,..controlled...get the (all) drones going contemporaneously ...up to near full playing pressure...before allowing the chanter to chime in.
Take it slowly....watch yourself in a mirror. Examine your strike in technique. Btw....ensure your reeds are set very efficiently.

When you are playing all and the reeds are warmed...play a tune you are very comfortable with. In the midst of playing it with the bag rock hard and drones steady..give a slight overpressure puff on low A. If the reed gurgles easily on low A...yes ...too light for you ..and/or you’re overblowing a tad too much. Back off.

It’s hard to not play an easy reed too hard. Practice and experience can help get it sorted.
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Old 07-12-2018, 07:41 AM   #3
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Default Re: Chanter read too weak?

Try a reed poker, wonderful thing for reviving easy chanter reeds.

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Old 07-12-2018, 09:54 AM   #4
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Default Re: Chanter read too weak?

You can also pinch the sides to open the mouth a bit but not a long term solution. Another thing I have done to resurrect reeds because I'm a reed squeezer is to cut the binding off after marking the cane, staple and measure length so it goes back together the same. Then opening up the staple to a nice original oval shape then retie very tightly starting at the hemp end. I have done this a bunch of time and has always worked great!
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Old 07-12-2018, 10:11 AM   #5
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If you can't have the drones sounding without the chanter speaking, the drones aren't set right.
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Old 07-17-2018, 12:07 PM   #6
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Default Re: Chanter reed too weak?

Disclaimer: I have had the same reed for over a year, so I'm sure I'm due for a new one.
With that being said, what was happening was, I would strike in the drones but simultaneously striking in the reed as well,And that is with no pressure on my arm doing this so I'm pretty sure I have worn it out, I'm going to try a McGarity medium reed Which I'm sure is going to take some breaking in,But I'm ready for the next step, cheers

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Old 07-17-2018, 01:37 PM   #7
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Disclaimer: I have had the same reed for over a year, so I'm sure I'm due for a new one.
With that being said, what was happening was, I would strike in the drones but simultaneously striking in the reed as well,And that is with no pressure on my arm doing this so I'm pretty sure I have worn it out, I'm going to try a McGarity medium reed Which I'm sure is going to take some breaking in,But I'm ready for the next step, cheers
If you’re already playing soutar and happy with it ...why not get a medium Soutar.
Fwiw...Shepherd standard reeds get my vote. Try a couple of easy and essy-medium strength. Pipers Hut ..OH.
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