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Old 07-25-2017, 11:18 PM   #1
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Default Bagpipe Chanter Reeds Issues

I recently purchased 4 chanter reeds from a well known company. I have to buy online as I live too far away from suppliers.
All notes were stable at 478Hz except the HG note on 3 of the reeds. These 3 were at the sharpest end of my tuning metre. After applying tape in a very SMALL increment, the pitch would go to the flattest reading on the tuning metre. Any advice of what to do please?
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Old 07-25-2017, 11:56 PM   #2
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All notes were stable at 478Hz except the HG note on 3 of the reeds....Any advice of what to do please?
It could be that the reeds are just needing rehydrating after posting out to you. Do they improve with a bit of mouth blowing? A wee rubber bridle on the sound box may be enough until they get used to being a musical instrument rather than a plant

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Old 07-26-2017, 12:14 AM   #3
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It could be that the reeds are just needing rehydrating after posting out to you. Do they improve with a bit of mouth blowing? A wee rubber bridle on the sound box may be enough until they get used to being a musical instrument rather than a plant

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Mouth blew each on a practice, no change..
no bridal used as they are not too strong. I realise a bridal will help with making the pitch a bit sharper. But the HG note went from one extreme to the other!
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Old 07-26-2017, 05:55 AM   #4
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I recently purchased 4 chanter reeds from a well known company. I have to buy online as I live too far away from suppliers.
All notes were stable at 478Hz except the HG note on 3 of the reeds. These 3 were at the sharpest end of my tuning metre. After applying tape in a very SMALL increment, the pitch would go to the flattest reading on the tuning metre. Any advice of what to do please?
How long did you play the reed before putting on the tape? If the reed is dry, High G usually will be sharper. If you add a bit of tape on the hole, there shouldn't be a drastic difference in the pitch of that note like you describe. What hz was High G reading compared to the other notes?
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Old 07-26-2017, 06:11 AM   #5
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I recently purchased 4 chanter reeds from a well known company. I have to buy online as I live too far away from suppliers.
All notes were stable at 478Hz except the HG note on 3 of the reeds. These 3 were at the sharpest end of my tuning metre. After applying tape in a very SMALL increment, the pitch would go to the flattest reading on the tuning metre. Any advice of what to do please?
What brand chanter? And age?....wood or poly?
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Old 07-26-2017, 07:33 AM   #6
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You could try opening the mouth of the reeds a little. Scraping the reeds in the center just below the tips will also bring this note down.

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Old 07-26-2017, 07:45 AM   #7
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Wild guess - could the tuner have been reading the next note up? Then the tape brought it back to reading a high pitch of the actual note?
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Old 07-26-2017, 08:41 AM   #8
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Wild guess - could the tuner have been reading the next note up? Then the tape brought it back to reading a high pitch of the actual note?
Don't know. My other chanter & the other 4th of the purchases doesn't do the same.
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Old 07-26-2017, 08:41 AM   #9
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You could try opening the mouth of the reeds a little. Scraping the reeds in the center just below the tips will also bring this note down.

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All 3 of them ??
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Old 07-26-2017, 08:43 AM   #10
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What brand chanter? And age?....wood or poly?
McC2, 12 months and wood.
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