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Old 05-01-2020, 07:06 PM   #11
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Default Re: Ridge or straight cut, which to you prefer?

Interesting comments. I also prefer a straight cut.




Yet isn't it funny though that one of the biggest selling reeds winning competitions is a ridge-cut?
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Old 05-02-2020, 03:09 AM   #12
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Default Re: Ridge or straight cut, which to you prefer?

Straight cut (moulded) for me. Troy is a great reed and one difficult to surpass, at least in my piping hut--and for many of the reasons listed in the thread. That said, for those they work for, I've heard some great pipes with a ridge cut.
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Old 05-02-2020, 06:22 AM   #13
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Interesting comments. I also prefer a straight cut.




Yet isn't it funny though that one of the biggest selling reeds winning competitions is a ridge-cut?


Band competitions or solo?
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Old 05-02-2020, 12:13 PM   #14
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This is a good point. I have little doubt that for bands it is ridge cut but for solo I'd bet it's at least 50/50 if not weighted toward moulded.
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Old 05-02-2020, 01:30 PM   #15
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Iím personally liking the plug and play, and ease of tuning of ridge cut reeds, along with their bright ringing tone. Iím gonna need new flooring


Not that I dislike moulded reeds, but Iím just enjoying the benefits of the Megarity that Iím playing.
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Old 05-02-2020, 01:47 PM   #16
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Yet isn't it funny though that one of the biggest selling reeds winning competitions is a ridge-cut?

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Fair point. Made more complex in that each of the two biggies are diametrically opposed iirc.
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Old 05-02-2020, 03:29 PM   #17
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Default Re: Ridge or straight cut, which to you prefer?

Mmm, well, is the Shepherd a ridge cut or a moulded reed? At a certain point it gets a bit theological.


Ridge cut reeds offer clear advantages for bands and that's why bands play them. Are there any grade 1 bands who don't?
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Old 05-03-2020, 10:21 PM   #18
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Hmmm, those G1 reeds look to be a hybrid, awesome reeds, just a bit stiff.


Thanks to the reed wrangler I can play much more variety of reeds, my lip muscles would give out under a minute unless I was blowing a nose-blower reed and using an Airstream mouthpiece, even then I wouldnít last long with a conventional mouthpiece, it was pathetic

That all being said, I wouldnít mind giving G1 reeds a shot again, may just need some dipping
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I've never played a ridge cut in over 40 years...I find them chirpy, lacking in depth, color and warmth...they gained popularity with bands around here starting in the late 80's because they produced a clearer high A in competition, something that was elusive at the time due to the inconsistent reeds and the ghastly chanters of the day..I never cared much for the sound of the bands that played them but they were winning so fair play to them...I don't see a good reason to play them these days as reeds and chanters are so much better and proper intonation is easily achievable with non ridge cuts, without the chirpiness...I can always tell if someone is playing a ridge cut.
You obviously aren't in a position to judge the quality of ridge cuts if you haven't played them in 40 years. The majority out there now are excellent and easily worked.
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You obviously aren't in a position to judge the quality of ridge cuts if you haven't played them in 40 years. The majority out there now are excellent and easily worked.
And you obviously don't understand the concept of artistic and aesthetic criticism.
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