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Old 04-06-2020, 11:28 AM   #1
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Default Best reeds for a Naill poly chanter

Good morning! I'm looking for some advice on pipe chanter reeds. I recently purchased a beautiful set of Naills and I'm having a hard time finding a reed that I'm really happy with. When I ordered the pipes I had them send 3 Shepherd reeds (easy) and they were awful! Lol. Granted, maybe they were a little too easy because anything above C squealed like crazy! Lol.

Anyway, I'd like to hear what everyone else is using before I shell out more $ for something I'm gonna toss into the trash.

Thanks, everyone!
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Good morning! I'm looking for some advice on pipe chanter reeds. I recently purchased a beautiful set of Naills and I'm having a hard time finding a reed that I'm really happy with. When I ordered the pipes I had them send 3 Shepherd reeds (easy) and they were awful! Lol. Granted, maybe they were a little too easy because anything above C squealed like crazy! Lol.

Anyway, I'd like to hear what everyone else is using before I shell out more $ for something I'm gonna toss into the trash.

Thanks, everyone!
You might know they suggest to use folded staple reeds...e.g Macphee,Warnock,...I’ve also used G1 platinum with great success.

If you got an Easy-Medium Shepherd reed I believe you’d have no issue either.
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You might know they suggest to use folded staple reeds...e.g Macphee,Warnock,...I’ve also used G1 platinum with great success.

If you got an Easy-Medium Shepherd reed I believe you’d have no issue either.
Thanks for the input! Appreciate it!
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Thanks for the input! Appreciate it!
Just as an aside....sounds like you are way overblowing the Easy Shepherd reeds...I always advise people I work with on pipes ..” it’s as hard to play an easy reed ..as to play a hard reed..”

But if you can force yourself to ‘get a grip’...control any tendency to overblow..especially the high hand.. playing an Easy(er) reed with a rock hard bag is a great target and ultimately much more enjoyable.
Using a dial manometer to confirm your ‘preferred reed strength and to see/verify/develop steady blowing is a big plus.
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Just as an aside....sounds like you are way overblowing the Easy Shepherd reeds...I always advise people I work with on pipes ..” it’s as hard to play an easy reed ..as to play a hard reed..”

But if you can force yourself to ‘get a grip’...control any tendency to overblow..especially the high hand.. playing an Easy(er) reed with a rock hard bag is a great target and ultimately much more enjoyable.
Using a dial manometer to confirm your ‘preferred reed strength and to see/verify/develop steady blowing is a big plus.
Good advice. I'll give it a try. These reeds are really, really easy. They're borderline to where if I get the drones going and steady, I'm over blowing the reed on the high hand. But I will definitely see if I can ease off and find the sweet spot.

I agree, if I could play with those reeds, it would definitely be nice!
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Good advice. I'll give it a try. These reeds are really, really easy. They're borderline to where if I get the drones going and steady, I'm over blowing the reed on the high hand. But I will definitely see if I can ease off and find the sweet spot.

I agree, if I could play with those reeds, it would definitely be nice!
Have you or access to, a reed mandrel...to open the staple very,
slightly and increase the h2o” strength of the reeds.
Shepherd reeds are excellent .. shame to waste 3...send them to me...

Btw...when did you buy the pipes...from whom?

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If the current reeds don’t work out I have had good luck with G1 platinum and my Naill poly chanter.
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I found that Shepherd reeds were a little tricky to set up in both my poly and blackwood Naill chanters. I switched them to Colin MacLellans reeds and they came in perfectly with just a tiny touch of tape here and there. They settled perfectly into tune and have been beautifully stable every time I pick them up since.
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