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Old 09-23-2018, 09:48 PM   #11
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Yes, Richmond, that's a good idea. I am willing to risk this particular one.


Thanks Jim, I'll probably go sheepskin once this hide bag goes.


And thank you, Chris. I'm not sure what article you were suggesting I read. I assumed it was "That Elusive High A" but the link points to the article beneath it about breaking in reeds.
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Old 09-24-2018, 06:21 AM   #12
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Yes, Richmond, that's a good idea. I am willing to risk this particular one.


Thanks Jim, I'll probably go sheepskin once this hide bag goes.


And thank you, Chris. I'm not sure what article you were suggesting I read. I assumed it was "That Elusive High A" but the link points to the article beneath it about breaking in reeds.

That's the one.
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Old 09-24-2018, 06:41 AM   #13
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That's the one.
There's an error in the linking of the article on your end. If you open the link (either linked above or directly on your site), it will take you to Breaking in a New Reed article instead.
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Old 09-24-2018, 07:35 AM   #14
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Oh. I'll get the internet specialist (the wife) to take a look at it. Thanks for pointing that out.
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Old 09-24-2018, 02:27 PM   #15
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Link is fixed. Look under ‘That elusive high A’.
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Old 09-25-2018, 11:01 PM   #16
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Well thank you very much Chris Apps! Sanded the reed the way you suggested and it really did bring out the top hand and even brought back some crow to the HA! The A has a very nice ring to it now - not as nice as Roddy's, but nothing about my piping is as nice as Roddy's.
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Old 09-26-2018, 06:47 AM   #17
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Well thank you very much Chris Apps! Sanded the reed the way you suggested and it really did bring out the top hand and even brought back some crow to the HA! The A has a very nice ring to it now - not as nice as Roddy's, but nothing about my piping is as nice as Roddy's.

Terrific. Glad to hear.
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Old 09-27-2018, 12:59 PM   #18
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A good chunk of high a tonal quality is also determined by the bass drone reed. So, if you have done everything else, make some sort of sacrifice to the gods and check out other bass drone reeds. There isn't much rhyme or reason to that part, just good luck.


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Old 09-27-2018, 06:03 PM   #19
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here in dry Southern California sheepskin would turn to cardboard...
I play sheepskin here in Southern California and so do a number of other pipers I know and they work great.

I do keep the bag (with only the drone standing sections left in the stocks) in a trash bag so the bag stays nice and pliable. I picked that habit up from Bulgarian pipers. I only need to season the bag once in a blue moon.

I'm a late sheepskin convert. When I started playing (1970s) everybody here played L&M "elkhide" bags, and that's what I played for many years. Trouble is the bag retains a load of moisture.

Then:

-Ross full system; reeds stayed much drier (sometimes too dry) but odd ergonomics.

-Gannaway (no zip no grommets no guts) a huge improvement in ergonomics, tone, and maintaining the right amount of moisture.

-Sheepskin; all the benefits of the Gannaway, even better. Best bags I've ever played hands down.
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Old 09-28-2018, 08:05 AM   #20
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Here's the direct link to that excellent article:

https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/09...37375674643701

Thanks for this Chris!
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