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Old 01-29-2020, 01:51 PM   #11
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Klondike Waldo--probably not. I'm sure I don't have enough postings yet to post pics.

el gaitero--"No". I'm self-taught. How ever, this was not my first foray into musical instruments. I started with the flute in 4th grade (about 1963-4), bassoon in high school and college ('70-'76), the pipes in about '85 and soprano sax about 10 years ago so I think I know at least a little about how things should sound.
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Old 01-29-2020, 02:30 PM   #12
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Klondike Waldo--probably not. I'm sure I don't have enough postings yet to post pics.

el gaitero--"No". I'm self-taught. How ever, this was not my first foray into musical instruments. I started with the flute in 4th grade (about 1963-4), bassoon in high school and college ('70-'76), the pipes in about '85 and soprano sax about 10 years ago so I think I know at least a little about how things should sound.
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Ok. So I understand..after 35 years you’re now seeking advice on how to get the reeds going. Yeah,..you might want to toss them...and start off fresh with a set of SM 90 reeds.

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Old 01-29-2020, 05:19 PM   #13
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Move the bridles on the tenor reeds up, towards the reed seat. This should open them up.
Try mouthblowing them, if theyíre still shutting off then continue moving the bridle up a few mm at a time until they donít.

Iíd advocate for throwing the reeds and the pipes out. Pakistani pipes are not known for being useable instruments, and if your bag was put on 30 years ago I highly doubt itís still airtight.
Probably worthwhile getting a competent tutor as well.
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Old 01-29-2020, 05:20 PM   #14
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Found these images of Deura drone reeds, hope they show up.

After posting they didn't. Here is the Bing URL:

https://www.bing.com/images/search?q...EA&FORM=IQFRBA

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Old 01-29-2020, 05:43 PM   #15
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Hi Piperjon -

I would contact the seller on ebay right away, they'll probably refund your money promptly, to avoid getting a bad review (which you should leave anyway). They know their stuff doesn't work, so they're very quick to refund purchases. You can probably pick up a good set of used synthetic reeds - "bagpipes for sale or swap" on facebook is a good page where people post such things.

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Old 01-29-2020, 07:05 PM   #16
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el gaitero--the cane reeds have served me well for the past 35 years. I just found out about synthetic reeds a few weeks ago. I finally climbed out from under my rock. Pardon my ignorance, but what is an SM 90?
OHCalman--thank you. Believe it or not, the bag is still air tight.
WES--thank you. Yes, that's them, on the left.
DapperDan--thank you, and will do.

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Old 01-29-2020, 07:26 PM   #17
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el gaitero--the cane reeds have served me well for the past 35 years. I just found out about synthetic reeds a few weeks ago. I finally climbed out from under my rock. Pardon my ignorance, but what is an SM 90?
OHCalman--thank you. Believe it or not, the bag is still air tight.
WES--thank you. Yes, that's them, on the left.
DapperDan--thank you, and will do.

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Greetings, Piperjon. I did note in your earlier post that you said the cane reeds have served you well for 35 years. Were you simply looking to experiment?

As for cane serving well, have you been playing solo? With others? Just for your own pleasure? If with others, have they commented on your pipes and sound?

I do concur about meeting with an instructor or someone to lend an ear. That's not a slight on your years of experience, other than to suggest that we benefit from the experience of others...particularly the pros; who, by the way, are often very amenable to assisting. Even those of us who've been around, played with competition bands, and have a decent knowledge of the products available do take advantage of having others' ears when trying out things (e.g., new drone reeds). All the best in your search and continued playing.

Oh, and SM-90s are farily inexpensive plastic reeds that have been around for quite a while. While arguably not as good a sound as others, I've often found them to be quite 'bullet proof', and have switched many a student to them for some time, and especially when they've had problems with other reeds.
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Old 01-29-2020, 08:57 PM   #18
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Equusracer,
Thank you for your kind words. Yes, I just play for self-gratification a few times a year and I just wanted to experiment with the synthetic reeds. I did a Google search for the sm 90's and from what I gathered, they're just what the doctor ordered. I was toying with the idea of getting a set of Selbies but I like what I read about the sm 90's. They're on my shopping list for sure. Thanks for the encouragement.

Jon

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Old 01-30-2020, 06:29 AM   #19
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el gaitero--the cane reeds have served me well for the past 35 years. I just found out about synthetic reeds a few weeks ago. I finally climbed out from under my rock. Pardon my ignorance, but what is an SM 90?
OHCalman--thank you. Believe it or not, the bag is still air tight.
WES--thank you. Yes, that's them, on the left.
DapperDan--thank you, and will do.

Jon
You're welcome, glad to help. You might also go on YouTube and search Pakistani Bagpipe Challenge. A number of pipers some time ago took up the challenge to get a set of Pakistani-made bagpipes and get them going. Most seemed to be setting up the drones with more common (more expensive) drone reeds. You could contact some of them to see what they recommend.

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Old 01-30-2020, 12:39 PM   #20
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PiperJon, one model of the Deura drone reeds seem to be copies of the original Sheperd synthetic reeds, then there are other a varieties as well- all copies of known-maker reeds.

I have some spare sets of Selbie reeds. PM me if you'd be interested in trying a set.
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