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Old 07-19-2018, 08:03 AM   #11
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Default Re: Best drone reeds for 1990's Kintail

Originally Posted by magsevenband View Post
You're correct about the Ezees..it could just be that you have a bad reed..happened to me and no amount of adjustment could settle it...try swapping the tenor reeds in each drone...and check for a micro crack in the drone..happened in my 83 Kintails.
There was a period about 8-9 yrs ago where I had a batch 6 sets of new ezís to tryout; I found only 1 tenor out of the 12 stayed Ďsolidí while playing. Lots of time micro adjusting, swapping, etc....frustrating.

Last year /early this year Iíve swung back to EZ... shorts in my older pipes and longs in a new acetyl set. Iím now quite pleased with the sound and steadiness in both sets ..and they all work swell.
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Old 07-19-2018, 06:10 PM   #12
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Default Re: Best drone reeds for 1990's Kintail

I came at this only recently, but both sets of Ezees (regular w/ inverted bass, and long with standard bass) I've used have had tenors which were matched perfectly - not closely, but perfectly. The only other reeds I've had such luck with were the new Gibson drone reeds. As we all know, reeds which are just a hair off-spec to each other are infinitely harder to keep tuned than those which are properly matched. I've also found both makes of reed to hold their tuning admirably, even in bores which are less than conducive to stability.
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