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Old 06-03-2019, 11:01 PM   #31
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1972 Sinclair pipes, with all Canning drone reeds (brown ones). Ayrefire chanter, Shepherd chanter reed. Ross blue leather bag. Ayrefire chanter is brilliant, so easy to tune.
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Old 06-10-2019, 11:29 AM   #32
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Solo:
1940s Henderson Drones
Kinnaird Edge Bass/Ezee Tenors
Lee & Sons Goatskin Bag
McCallum Gandy Chanter/G1 Platinum reed
(Changed the bass reed, bag, and chanter from last year)

Band:
New MacRae Drones
Kinnaird Evo Bass/Ezee Tenors
Lee & Sons Goatskin Bag
McCallum Ceol Chanter/Melvin reed
(Entirely new setup)

Backup:
1990s Naill Drones
X-Treme Bass/Ezee Tenors
Bannatyne Hybrid Bag
2005ish Naill Chanter/MacPhee Reed
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Old 06-21-2019, 10:13 AM   #33
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No changes since 2018.

Gannaway bag, Ezeedrone tenors, Henderson Harmonic Deluxe bass, McCallum mark 3 chanters, Shepherd reeds.

I play the same setup with two sets of drones: early 1900s Hendersons, 2000s MacLellans. I'm the PM of a grade 3 band; I don't compete in the solos.
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Old 07-04-2019, 02:54 PM   #34
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OK, I'll bite.

1920s ebony Lawrie drones, all Kinnaird Evo drone reeds, Colin Kyo blackwood chanter w/Troy molded reed, Canmore synth-hide zipper bag w/Moose valve and Trap-dri water trap.

I had been playing Ezee tenors, which I really liked, but the Kinnairds I have really are more air efficient. They're the most trouble-free reeds I've ever owned. Maybe not my Holy Grail drone sound, but they just work so well, and so far, the moisture control set up is working better than I remembered. Currently also auditioning a set of Cannings, but the jury is still out.

I had a Colin MacLellan reed for about a year that was just gorgeous--high, bright, and clear tone, but in the past week or so, it's started to drift past its prime. I poked it a hair and began scouring my reed collection for a replacement. The Troy started out with a bit of an electric zing to the tone that I imagine some people like, but it's not my thing. After a few passes with a sharp blade, it sounds great. Blends well with the drones. Bigger sound, but stiil nice and clear on the high A. Not screaming high in pitch (477-78) Great G & piobaireachd G that just needed a little bit of tape (~1/5-1/4 of the hole). Tuning of everything else was bang-on. This is the least amount of tape I've ever needed on any chanter so far. I'm pretty happy.

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Old 07-05-2019, 07:42 AM   #35
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I've also been working with an Ayrfire Pipe Chanter for a year now, and I must say I'm very happy with it. I think it will be my go to chanter for now on. Certainly for band work, and if there's any solos left in me, them too...
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Old 07-05-2019, 09:03 AM   #36
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I've also been working with an Ayrfire Pipe Chanter for a year now, and I must say I'm very happy with it. I think it will be my go to chanter for now on. Certainly for band work, and if there's any solos left in me, them too...
Which reeds are you using in the Ayrfire?
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Old 07-05-2019, 11:53 AM   #37
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I'm using Colin Maclellan's reeds since he helped design the chanter. I've also played a Husk reed in it as well with good result.
Hovers around 476 in the winter, and will go up to 480 under very hot conditions, but no higher.....unlike past combos I've worked with which like to pass 485 in the extreme heat.
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Old 07-05-2019, 12:43 PM   #38
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OK, I'll bite.

1920s ebony Lawrie drones, all Kinnaird Evo drone reeds, Colin Kyo blackwood chanter w/Troy molded reed, Canmore synth-hide zipper bag w/Moose valve and Trap-dri water trap.

I had been playing Ezee tenors, which I really liked, but the Kinnairds I have really are more air efficient. They're the most trouble-free reeds I've ever owned. Maybe not my Holy Grail drone sound, but they just work so well, and so far, the moisture control set up is working better than I remembered. Currently also auditioning a set of Cannings, but the jury is still out.

I had a Colin MacLellan reed for about a year that was just gorgeous--high, bright, and clear tone, but in the past week or so, it's started to drift past its prime. I poked it a hair and began scouring my reed collection for a replacement. The Troy started out with a bit of an electric zing to the tone that I imagine some people like, but it's not my thing. After a few passes with a sharp blade, it sounds great. Blends well with the drones. Bigger sound, but stiil nice and clear on the high A. Not screaming high in pitch (477-78) Great G & piobaireachd G that just needed a little bit of tape (~1/5-1/4 of the hole). Tuning of everything else was bang-on. This is the least amount of tape I've ever needed on any chanter so far. I'm pretty happy.
Great post, taing mr
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Old 07-05-2019, 11:40 PM   #39
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Great post, taing mr
Na h-abair e.
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Old 07-07-2019, 07:30 AM   #40
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Greetings, piper hm, and to All,

My two main sets are... 1916 ABW Lawries and
1908 Cocuswood O'Cianain's.

Alas... mine is always... pretty much the same...
since the advent of good synthie drone reeds...
(And that was my only change since I began
this great waltz-about... Ages Past... :)

Living in a cave as I do (actually, I moved out of
my hole-in-the-ground... and moved up to the
cave... so some modernization is ...taking place :)
(The onslaught of adjunctive piping paraphernalia
is a deluge which I have happily managed to avoid.)

My set up is simple... a plain old leather bag...
the original Kinnaird synthie drone reeds... and
that's about it... except for an engagement that
is really quite special... and then it's cane for the
drone reeds. (Nothing... sounds... like... cane... :)

I have... "heard tell"... that presently there are great
strides being made in the arena of synthie chanter
reeds... and-should-if-or-when... that comes to a
proper fruition... then I shall be... very quick to be...
and very much...onboard!!

Regards... and Happy Configuring... to All,

Pip01



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Greetings to All,


Might as well get tore back in to this one... as an
up-date (for honesty's sake :) is now in order... as
I have now (and quite happily :) been overtaken by
The Fast-Moving Chariot of Modern Materials... as
well as by the Talent and Innovation of our always
and ever advancing... piping community!! :)

(Now, there's only one change... to the above Post. :)

Though to me it previously had seemed almost quite
im-possible... due to all of those previously experienced
shortcomings in materials and performance... that so
always seemed to accompany my ... "giving a go"... to
those then-proffered synthetic chanter reeds... I now am
using... (Drum Roll, Please!! :)... a synthie chanter reed!! :)

And..."Happiness"... would be a vast... under-statement!! :)

Trusting that All may find and employ... what ever modern
innovations... lends a hand... with their playing!! :)

Regards to All,

Pip01






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