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Old 12-12-2018, 05:02 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, 06:05 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, 08:08 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, 04:08 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, 09:22 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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