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Old 06-12-2018, 02:46 PM   #11
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Default Re: Chanter reed issues, going from low to high elevation

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Ah, that makes sense now. Thanks!
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Old 06-13-2018, 06:43 AM   #12
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Default Re: Chanter reed issues, going from low to high elevation

Try putting one of those little practice chanter reed sponges at the the base of your pipe chanter reed.
They are designed to soak up water in the practice chanter but you want this to work the opposite way so soak it first then put it in. You'll have to experiment to see how wet is ideal but it will help with the moisture problem.
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Old 06-13-2018, 06:44 AM   #13
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Try putting one of those little practice chanter reed sponges at the the base of your pipe chanter reed.
They are designed to soak up water in the practice chanter but you want this to work the opposite way so soak it first then put it in. You'll have to experiment to see how wet is ideal but it will help with the moisture problem.
Very helpful. Thanks Chris!

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Old 06-13-2018, 06:44 AM   #14
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I've noticed that my smallpipes play different at higher elevation, and they are entirely plastic, so in addition to whatever moisture issues there are, there seems to be something due to the elevation itself (lower air pressure I assume).
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Old 06-13-2018, 07:24 AM   #15
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Try putting one of those little practice chanter reed sponges at the the base of your pipe chanter reed.
They are designed to soak up water in the practice chanter but you want this to work the opposite way so soak it first then put it in. You'll have to experiment to see how wet is ideal but it will help with the moisture problem.

A good one.

Alternate to a few ice cubes and the obvious slosh factor...if I’ve planned ahead thoroughly ( rare...) Ive used a well dampened sponge in a zipped
Pipe bag at games or parade for a hot day hydration protocol. I suppose putting the sponge in an open zip lock sandwich baggie might also be thoughtful.
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Old 06-13-2018, 09:53 AM   #16
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Default Re: Chanter reed issues, going from low to high elevation

When conditions are high and dry, you really need to think about what the individual reeds require:

Drone reeds need to be dry (at least not with moisture on them).
Chanter reeds need humidity.

So, what I am doing in dryish Colorado is using a Gannaway leather bag. The bag has not been seasoned for six months. I use a TrapDri tube trap. I can play for an hour without any noticeable moisture buildup on my drone reeds.

For my chanter reed, I use a reed cap to keep it around 80% RH when not in use. Prior to playing, I “spritz” some water into my chanter stock, then insert the chanter. I have to be mindful to keep hemp seal on the chanter tenon.

So far, it is working great.

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Old 06-13-2018, 09:58 AM   #17
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The problem with putting ice cubes in the bag, is when you drop something critical after doing that. Car Keys, Pocketknife, Wedding ring, whatever. When you bend over at the middle to pick that critical item up, the water runs to the front of the bag. Unforeseen deluge of the chanter reed follows. This is bad for predictability of the consequences..
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Old 06-13-2018, 10:17 AM   #18
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When conditions are high and dry, you really need to think about what the individual reeds require:

Drone reeds need to be dry (at least not with moisture on them).
Chanter reeds need humidity.

So, what I am doing in dryish Colorado is using a Gannaway leather bag. The bag has not been seasoned for six months. I use a TrapDri tube trap. I can play for an hour without any noticeable moisture buildup on my drone reeds.

For my chanter reed, I use a reed cap to keep it around 80% RH when not in use. Prior to playing, I “spritz” some water into my chanter stock, then insert the chanter. I have to be mindful to keep hemp seal on the chanter tenon.

So far, it is working great.

Charlie
Big help .. thanks! It's possible to have this gig in the future, so I need to figure how to deal with the condition change.

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Old 06-13-2018, 11:25 AM   #19
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I've noticed that my smallpipes play different at higher elevation, and they are entirely plastic, so in addition to whatever moisture issues there are, there seems to be something due to the elevation itself (lower air pressure I assume).
There is less air in the air up there.
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Big help .. thanks! It's possible to have this gig in the future, so I need to figure how to deal with the condition change.



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IIRC, the water spritzer technique was passed on by Adrian Melvin to Queen City PB.

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