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Old 04-15-2019, 07:28 PM   #1
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Default Drone reed preference in MacLellan drones

Looking to see what other Maclellan owners are playing for drone reeds, and why.
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Old 04-15-2019, 11:02 PM   #2
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Default Re: Drone reed preference in MacLellan drones

Ezee inverted bass and regular Ezee tenors were the best combination I ever discovered. Most every thing else sounded like a leaf blower to me.

Rockets are also great if you can find a set. Though you will sound like a one person pipe band with the immense volume and overtones those will bring. YMMV.
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Old 04-16-2019, 03:55 AM   #3
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I've many drone reeds in mine and I have a strong preference for the Kinnaird Leaf Blower, sorry, Evolution model.

Here's a double tracked recording with them in a MacLellan Millennium set:

https://soundcloud.com/pipermccain/l...n-with-harmony
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Old 04-16-2019, 08:11 AM   #4
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I play an old set of Crozier Glass drone reeds in my MacLellans. I've had judges compliment me on the tone.
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Old 04-25-2019, 02:32 AM   #5
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I have used a Rocket bass reed and Ezee tenors for many years in my MacLellans. Then again, I always ended up using the same setup in every other set I have used and use the same with my vintage McKinnons. All Ezees isn't bad either, but I think reeds with large tonues, made of either glass fiber or carbon, give a little more power and stability to the bass and are also easier when it comes to clean starts/stops. Whenever I tried anything else or any other combination (like trying a full Rocket setup) I always ended up going back to the Rocket (or Kinnaird or similar) bass and Ezee tenors.

I have always assumed Canning was going for the same effect with his reeds, because you can see they use small plastic tongues like Ezees in the tenors but a large carbon tongue with the base. I have never tried them though.

I too have had many high level pipers give positive comments on my tone with this setup.
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Old 04-25-2019, 05:17 AM   #6
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Roddy, I believe, plays Cannings in his own pipe. I've also heard him with custom Rocket reeds.
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Old 04-28-2019, 08:17 AM   #7
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Crozier carbon base and ezee tenors. Tried a bunch of different reeds (omega, crozier, henderson deluxe, kinnaird originals to name a few) and most sounded great, but the base and tenor balance with the ezee tenor and crozier base was a cut above.
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Old 04-28-2019, 02:15 PM   #8
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I agree with those recommending Ezeedrone, Canning, and Rocket reeds for MacLellan drones (if you can find a set). Add the latest model Selbie - the new bass is very, very good.
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Old 04-30-2019, 09:32 AM   #9
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Ezeedrone tenors, Henderson Harmonic Deluxe bass.
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Old 04-30-2019, 12:34 PM   #10
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EZ drone inverted Bass, Canning Tenors, tried a set of Rockets that were made Henderson drones. They were quite bold (loud).

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