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Old 04-10-2015, 10:46 AM   #21
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I play reeds at 24/26 and feel most comfortable with that. Our PM, whom we share, Kyle, could coax a passable tune out of a bicycle pump so I think it's hard for him to understand that the rest of us don't share that ability. I agree that we should play what's comfortable rather than playing a harder reed only to be discouraged. Keep up the good piping!!
So you two are members of The Red River Plank Pushers, then?

Seriously, for use, an easy or medium-easy reed suits an artistic purpose. There are other ways to be macho.
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Old 04-10-2015, 11:06 AM   #22
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Our PM, whom we share, Kyle, could coax a passable tune out of a bicycle pump.
We all know Dan is The Man! I played his pipes a few weeks ago and yep, about 30"... which is his easy setup! After struggling with a 31 all week I'm secretly switching back to my easy Elliott reed
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Old 04-10-2015, 04:39 PM   #23
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Some times you get an easy reed that you can play all night and it is stable and it is a true joy to play. The sounds bright and lively. Doublings are crisp and there is detail in the sound. When you find that reed you baby it and treat it well.
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Old 11-01-2019, 06:23 PM   #24
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You can absolutely get good projection and tone from an "easy" reed - I play at around 26-28". My PM recently tried my pipes and was impressed with how efficient and comfortable they were, and also complemented the sound and projection. They were set up pretty close to how his were. (Now, if I could just play them as well as he does...) This is a guy who knows what he's talking about, btw. The reeds we use in my band are G1 - it was hit and miss at first, but the last batch we got were pretty good. The one I have now was plug and play, and I haven't touched it. My solo chanter has a Husk reed - I gave it just the lightest shave, and it has a nice bright tone and good volume.

I would insist on a comfortable reed.
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Old 11-02-2019, 12:01 PM   #25
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Greetings to All,


It is very nice to see this medium Old Thread...
which is about something that is so important...
and shall continue to remain of great importance...
now get resurrected!! :) (And in a world where
carpenters get resurrected... anything... is possible!! :)


Now some many years ago... I was playing for a few
days with a fairly large band that was composed of
pipers and drummers... from some half-dozen or so
different nations... and beaucoup different bands.


And all with... vastly different pipes and setups!!


But... in the playing... all... coalescing nicely... :)
(See! We can get it done!! :)


And in part of the down time, and the standing about...
a very nice young lady there (in her mid-late 20s, and
had been playing some dozen years) ... who had had
some strike-in difficulties that morning... ask about the
chanter reeds... and what folk did about them... ??


Though I was the (much) larger of frame... we both
played medium bags... and through an interpreter...
I said; "Here. Try mine."


She took them up... played two tunes marvelously
well on them... stopped... and then said (in rather
good English... and with a big smile...); "Damn!! They
damned near play themselves!!" :)


And I said; "That's th' bloody point!!"


Took out my sgian dhu... began whacking away on her
chanter reed... adjusted her bass drone bridle... gave
them a blow... and handed them back to her...


She played them... and you would have thought I had
invented... the electric light bulb!! (And she played them
wondrously well for our next three days together... :)



She came from a band where... hard reeds... and hard
playing... apparently...seemed to be... the norm... (??)


Ya know? We do this... because it's fun... and if it turns
into anything like pulling teeth... or killing snakes... then
we'd all... best go back... to the original... kazoo*... :)


*(Listed as being able to imitate almost anything, and they
included... bagpipes... in their list. :)



Play!!... And play what fits you... the best!!... and... The Devil
Take the Rest!! :)


"Life"... is just too short!! And gets shorter... every day!! :)
(So, try to have a reasonably Good Time... while you're here!! :)


Regards... and Happy Playing... to All, :)


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Old 11-05-2019, 11:21 AM   #26
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Anyone who tells you that you can only get stability/volume/tone/whatever out of a hard reed doesn't know what they're talking about. You won't get any of that out of a reed that's too hard for YOU.

If your PM really wants to waste the band's time with reeds that are too hard, I'd personally find a different band, but that aside, set yourself up a chanter that YOU can play comfortably at home, so that you don't waste your own time. Don't practice on a too-hard reed; absolutely nothing good is going to come of it.
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Old 11-05-2019, 01:10 PM   #27
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Anyone who tells you that you can only get stability/volume/tone/whatever out of a hard reed doesn't know what they're talking about. You won't get any of that out of a reed that's too hard for YOU.

If your PM really wants to waste the band's time with reeds that are too hard, I'd personally find a different band, but that aside, set yourself up a chanter that YOU can play comfortably at home, so that you don't waste your own time. Don't practice on a too-hard reed; absolutely nothing good is going to come of it.
A+ on this Dan.
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Old 11-07-2019, 01:11 AM   #28
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What serendipity that this thread resurfaced as I have recently come to the conclusion I've been playing a reed that's too hard. I can go to the gym and lift heavy weights, but after playing the pipes I'm dizzy, headachy, out of breath, and my back hurts. The problem is finding an easy reed that sounds good. I've gotten hold of several easy ones that just sounded lousy - dull, squawky, double toning, chirpy. And it seems like most if not all drone reeds sound best when they're under a higher pressure. But then I also don't know what the h*ll I'm doing, so there's that.


Anyway thanks for bringing this topic back to the surface!
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Old 11-07-2019, 09:31 AM   #29
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Does anyone know (not guesses please!) how this chart compares to the G1 definition of reed strength?





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According to the Chris Apps "words to Inches" conversion chart..
15-18" = 2X Easy,
18-22 = 1X Easy,
22-26 = Easy,
26-30 = Easy Med,
30-35 = Med,
35+ = Hard.
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Old 11-07-2019, 09:31 AM   #30
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What serendipity that this thread resurfaced as I have recently come to the conclusion I've been playing a reed that's too hard.

I can go to the gym and lift heavy weights, but after playing the pipes I'm dizzy, headachy, out of breath, and my back hurts.

The problem is finding an easy reed that sounds good. I've gotten hold of several easy ones that just sounded lousy - dull, squawky, double toning, chirpy.

And it seems like most if not all drone reeds sound best when they're under a higher pressure.

But then I also don't know what the h*ll I'm doing, so there's that.

Anyway thanks for bringing this topic back to the surface!




Ah, Piping Potential,


Possibly... diving into... The Great Lake of Heresy... :)
kindly allow me to offer... these following thoughts...


Rather than trying to find that elusive... easier reed...
take your present too-hard or difficult reed... or reeds...
and work on it... or them... with your... knife... razor
blade... sandpaper... et al... and ease it or them down...
to your comfortable blowing pressure... while it is still
maintaining... the clarity of the notes.


Times Past... when getting a box of new chanter reeds...
that's what we all... had to do. :) (And no way around it. :)


Ease a hard one down... until it suites...


Give it a trying... and see what you think.


And as for not knowing what you're doing? For half of
us... and half th' time... working on a scattershot... and a
prayer... Hells Bells!!... Welcome to th' Club!! :)


Wishing you the Best of Good Fortune!!,


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