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Old 12-18-2015, 11:52 AM   #1
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Default Air efficient drone reeds

I have ready on some sites discussions regarding more air efficient drone reeds. I have played ezee, balance tone, and rockets, all at various times on my Hardies and vintage Hendersons.
I'll be damned I haven't really noticed a difference in air efficiency or my effort in blowing, am I missing something?
What do you find the most efficient and best sounding?
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Old 12-18-2015, 12:49 PM   #2
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I believe the Rockets were the most air efficient in my experience.
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Old 12-18-2015, 02:35 PM   #3
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I find the ezees to be the most air efficient. I find the rockets to be the best sounding. Rockets can be really air efficient, but at least in my drones, they lose all of the nice tone that you want from them when they are adjusted like this. They're the one drone reed I've tried that I don't adjust based on shutoff pressure, but rather on sound.

Ezees if they're misconfigured can really suck air unlike anything else. But if you get them set right, they have a nice balance of tone and air efficiency.
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Old 12-19-2015, 08:21 PM   #4
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I've found Rockets to be efficient and inefficient. I've found Ezees to be efficient and inefficient. It depends on how you set them up and what pipe they're going in.
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Old 12-21-2015, 11:46 PM   #5
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Have used about 70% of the reeds on the market and would say I think Rockets made for my pipe were the most air efficient.
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Old 12-22-2015, 02:52 PM   #6
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Default Re: Air efficient drone reeds

I have been using Rockets for several years and they have always felt very air efficient in the sense that it takes little effort to get them vibrating at the correct pitch/pressure with little effort and don't seem to use more air than they need.

However, I have always understood that "air efficiency" is as much if not more a function of the drone design/build than the reed, because that determines the back pressure at which the drone reed shuts off and restarts, which is why some sets of pipes just seem easier to blow than others. On that basis, the same drone reed will feel more air efficient in one drone than another and most of us with some experience will have discovered that for ourselves. The shape and size of the bell at the top and of the bush in the drone cap are also said to have an impact on this.

Maybe the physicists amongst us can expand on this.
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Old 12-22-2015, 08:22 PM   #7
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I've found the best and most efficient reed are those made with a wider tongue, such as those made by crozier. I've tried ezees and canning (similar in construction) and it seemed like I was running out of wind too fast. I've done the micro adjustments to no avail. I dunno, maybe it was just my pipes ('12 McCallums).
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Old 12-23-2015, 08:03 AM   #8
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IMO McTy cane Blue Reeds are the best...ever!
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Old 12-23-2015, 10:38 AM   #9
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I have ready on some sites discussions regarding more air efficient drone reeds. I have played ezee, balance tone, and rockets, all at various times on my Hardies and vintage Hendersons.
I'll be damned I haven't really noticed a difference in air efficiency or my effort in blowing, am I missing something?
What do you find the most efficient and best sounding?
By now the replys made to your initial post should have you convinced there are no bad drone reeds out there....
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Old 12-30-2015, 01:10 PM   #10
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Default Re: Air efficient drone reeds

I guess I would have asked the question a little differently. How do you know when your drone reeds are air efficient? And air efficient compared to what? Cane? Having grown up with cane, it is my impression that cane are really much more efficient than any synthetic, but, that is based on great cane reeds and playing them daily which most of us cannot do these days. I find synthetic reeds much harder to blow than cane. Maybe it is my age showing, but, I am curious as to what people think about air efficiency and how it is measured?
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