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Old 04-04-2020, 08:32 PM   #61
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Default Re: Drone instability, poor blowing or moisture?

I think you could be right.

Since they’ve been moved back, they strike in much easier, and howl way less.



I have a set of Edge reeds in my McCallum drones, I absolutely love them, spectacular bright, ringing tenor drones. The bass was a bit temperamental for my liking so I put an MG bass in. No matter, I still like them so much that I have considered getting another set for my Dunbar’s!
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Old 04-05-2020, 06:23 AM   #62
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That type of reed - very large stiff tongue - is generally less able to support a wide range of blowing pressuress than a softer, smaller tongue. I don't for a second pretend to understand the exact physics behind it but like all these things, it's a trade-off, as you should in theory get a more stable response to blowing pressure wobbles.
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Old 04-05-2020, 09:35 AM   #63
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That type of reed - very large stiff tongue - is generally less able to support a wide range of blowing pressuress than a softer, smaller tongue. I don't for a second pretend to understand the exact physics behind it but like all these things, it's a trade-off, as you should in theory get a more stable response to blowing pressure wobbles.
That’s really good to know. I have never really had stability issues with my old ezeedrone reeds. With that being said since the Kinnairds are almost 2 years old I have some replacement O-Ring Bridles. Also on the way are some selbie reeds that I want to try, so I look forward to that.
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Old 04-05-2020, 10:34 AM   #64
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With regards to Ezeedrone reeds, in my experience, once correctly setup, the tenors are very steady indeed compared with the Kinnairds. But, they also need changing once every year or so.

It is easy to understand why top pipers tend to use Ezeedrone tenor reeds.
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Old 04-05-2020, 12:07 PM   #65
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That’s really good to know. I have never really had stability issues with my old ezeedrone reeds. With that being said since the Kinnairds are almost 2 years old I have some replacement O-Ring Bridles. Also on the way are some selbie reeds that I want to try, so I look forward to that.
You might check in with the folks at Kinnaird as to what size replacement Oring to use. They need be surprisingly small and very tight
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With regards to Ezeedrone reeds, in my experience, once correctly setup, the tenors are very steady indeed compared with the Kinnairds. But, they also need changing once every year or so.

It is easy to understand why top pipers tend to use Ezeedrone tenor reeds.
Oh yeah, I had to bin them after a few years, they were just worn out I think.

I really do miss them though! If I do get new ezee's I'll get an inverted bass as the regular was a bit fussy, it would howl easily and shut off frequently unless it was wide open and blasting like a foghorn!

I'm looking forward to trying the new selbies though.


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You might check in with the folks at Kinnaird as to what size replacement Oring to use. They need be surprisingly small and very tight

Don't worry that's where I got 'em
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Oh yeah, I had to bin them after a few years, they were just worn out I think.

I really do miss them though! If I do get new ezee's I'll get an inverted bass as the regular was a bit fussy, it would howl easily and shut off frequently unless it was wide open and blasting like a foghorn!

I don’t use an Ezeedrone bass, preferring a carbon-fiber Rocket reed.

Funny thing...... yesterday I was tweaking my Ezee tenor reeds and couldn’t get them to match (tenor to tenor). Today, I swapped them out for a brand new set and they’re back to great sounding and steady.

So, a year seems to be their limit for me and that seems fairly consistent for the last four or five years. Mind-you having not played my pipes for a week or two has resulted in more unsteady blowing. The old ones will be earmarked as backups.
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Old 04-05-2020, 06:19 PM   #68
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With O-ring bridles, you can replace them with self-tied traditional hemp bridles and dial in the exact tension you want. I was amazed how much better an EzeeDrone tenor played after the O-ring snapped and I had to tie on an emergency bridle.
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With O-ring bridles, you can replace them with self-tied traditional hemp bridles and dial in the exact tension you want. I was amazed how much better an EzeeDrone tenor played after the O-ring snapped and I had to tie on an emergency bridle.

Are you suggesting this on worn-out Ezeedrone reeds? If new bridles would work, rather than the tongues getting fatigued, it’d save the expense on new reeds ever year.
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Well, the last update I guess, I promise I will stop bugging you all!


The new O-Ring bridles arrived and I replaced them, when I compared the new with the old, I could see quite a difference with the naked eye. The old ones looked to be stretched out quite a bit.


My Blowpro also came, so I’ve been playing for a bit, my reeds definitely seem to be happier, and the Blowpro does seem to be helping, just a bit confusing to read but you get used to it. The only issue really is moisture control, but that should come tomorrow.

All in all I think my problems have been addressed (Obviously, considering how this has turned into a blog lol) and I just need to work on them, gotta practice and work on my pressure stability.



... and eventually get a new bag...
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