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Old 10-09-2018, 08:45 AM   #1
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Default Plastic vs. cane chanter reeds for mouth blown smallpipes

I'm played 3 different sets of small pipes. All mouth blown.

Walsh delron 3 drone smallpipes in "A" which came with a plastic reed.
McCallum blackwood 3 drone smallpipes in "A" which came with a cane reed.
MacLellan cocobolo and Mexican ebony 3 drone smallpipes in "A" which he sent with a plastic reed. I told him about the McCallum with the cane reed so he sent me a Chris Apps cane reed for it.

The McCallum pipe had a full robust sound.
On MacLellan's the plastic reed has the fuller, brighter sound and tune easily. The cane reed sounds a but muffled and is more difficult to tune.
Both sets have Bannetyne bags with bottle moisture control.

I'm wondering if I should try another cane reed on the MacLellan's or ....
I would love to know about other's experiences with plastic or cane reeds in mouth blown smallpipes.

Please forgive the wordiness of this post.
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Old 10-09-2018, 11:46 AM   #2
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Default Re: Plastic vs. cane chanter reeds for mouth blown smallpipes

Did you try putting the cane reed that's in the McCallum chanter in the MacLellan chanter to see how it sounds?

Also, posting this in the smallpipe and other bagpipe forum below might get you more help than the GHB forum, even though many play both.
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Old 10-09-2018, 03:20 PM   #3
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Default Re: Plastic vs. cane chanter reeds for mouth blown smallpipes

Iíve played the Walsh Plastic small pipes with plastic reeds. I now play the McCallum BW folk pipes ( the configuration of the drones mirrors the GHB: two tenors and a bass). They have ezees and I think the sound blows away the plastic reeds.

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