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Old 12-12-2018, 04:02 PM   #31
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klondike, working on a back-up chanter reed trying real hard not to sand it a little, want to see if I can get it eased up enough to play as well as the old one. So far I'm good for about 5 minutes until O have to put the old one back in. Hopefully after a couple weeks it will be good to go.
What brand reed? Ridge cut or molded?
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Old 12-12-2018, 05:05 PM   #32
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What brand reed? Ridge cut or molded?
It's an Abedour Emerald easy strength, what was recommended, ridge cut..

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Old 12-12-2018, 07:08 PM   #33
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It's an Abedour Emerald easy strength, what was recommended, ridge cut..
I have email replies from many makers with their preferred method to ease up thier make reeds if too hard.

Thought I had a reply from ĎAberdourí....aka Soutar iirc...but could not locate any.

However,...insofar as you already have an Easy reed..a ridge cut...it should be a matter of,with reed set in the chanter, gently squeezing the sound box below the ridge..to hold the lips closed for 5-7 seconds. Then go ahead and play a few tunes. You can do this a few times for instant gratification and playability..but might need to repeat all week long as you blow the reed in.
No worries....will help you build stamina and not kill you.

Btw...does your reed have any pencil written #ís on it?
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Old 12-13-2018, 03:08 AM   #34
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Btw...does your reed have any pencil written #ís on it?[/QUOTE]

No numbers on it anywhere. I also have a Gilmour easy reed, It's slightly easier but has a little crow on the high "G" and "A". Some say this is desirable, I'll keep this one on the shelf till later.
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Old 12-13-2018, 08:22 AM   #35
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No numbers on it anywhere. I also have a Gilmour easy reed, It's slightly easier but has a little crow on the high "G" and "A". Some say this is desirable, I'll keep this one on the shelf till later.

After only 11 months at pipes..according to your profile....it sounds like you’re struggling with the same issue many newbies do after several months on pipes.
I assume you’re getting advice from an instructor? A key element is to make sure you’ve got your pipe bag rock hard while playing....should give very adequate pressure to make an easy reed sing. If a bit of a crow...think about blowing just a bit through it.

Ensure your drone reeds and pipe joints are 110% efficiently air tight.
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Old 01-03-2019, 04:18 AM   #36
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I may be giving conflicting advice, but regarding your reed, if it hasn't eased up to your comfort level within a week I'd reach for the sandpaper. Just make sure you know what you're doing. There are numerous articles online that detail how to sand reeds.

For a ridge cut, keep sanding to the middle of the reed, away from the tips of the blades and above the sound box. Ridge cuts are also apparently moisture whores, so a little lick might do the trick. And ridge cuts do well with a light pinch, but do NOT pinch a molded Reed.

This is just from my reading and experience.
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Old 01-03-2019, 04:36 AM   #37
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klondike, working on a back-up chanter reed trying real hard not to sand it a little, want to see if I can get it eased up enough to play as well as the old one. So far I'm good for about 5 minutes until O have to put the old one back in. Hopefully after a couple weeks it will be good to go.

Öas others have said, moisten it a bit ( Don't DROWN it), give it a wee squeeze ( if it's ridge-cut) and play it in over a few days.
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Old 01-04-2019, 03:32 AM   #38
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Öas others have said, moisten it a bit ( Don't DROWN it), give it a wee squeeze ( if it's ridge-cut) and play it in over a few days.
Been using the new reed for a month now and it is settling in nicely, with no rework on my part Played at my cousins wedding and did quit well, not as nervous as the first time.
I've been trying the Gilmour reed off and on and it seems to need a lot more air, I may end up sanding it a bit.
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Old 01-04-2019, 06:53 AM   #39
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Been using the new reed for a month now and it is settling in nicely, with no rework on my part Played at my cousins wedding and did quit well, not as nervous as the first time.
I've been trying the Gilmour reed off and on and it seems to need a lot more air, I may end up sanding it a bit.
Don’t sand...just lightly hold the lips together at about mid way ...looking at them to see that you’re closing the opening a bit.

This will temporarily make the reed easier...and you’ll be able to play it...rather than irreparably change the reed design characteristics forever.
You might need to do this 2-3 times..but ending up with a solid performing reed to your playability and liking.

Some folks will add a doubled over small dental rubber band at the midpoint after the squeezedown. ( double and roll it up from the staple end)
This also helps hold the blades in the eased up position. . Ive done this too...but personally believe the band does dampen the reeds vibrations...so I prefer to squeeze and play a few times until the reed suits.
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Old 01-04-2019, 08:57 AM   #40
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Donít sand...just lightly hold the lips together at about mid way ...looking at them to see that youíre closing the opening a bit.

This will temporarily make the reed easier...and youíll be able to play it...rather than irreparably change the reed design characteristics forever.
You might need to do this 2-3 times..but ending up with a solid performing reed to your playability and liking.

Some folks will add a doubled over small dental rubber band at the midpoint after the squeezedown. ( double and roll it up from the staple end)
This also helps hold the blades in the eased up position. . Ive done this too...but personally believe the band does dampen the reeds vibrations...so I prefer to squeeze and play a few times until the reed suits.
Thanks, I have squeezed it a couple times. was reading earlier that his reeds use a little harder cane, and they look thicker at the opening. Need to get me some of those dental bands to try.
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