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Old 03-28-2020, 02:01 PM   #1
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Is there anyone making chanter reeds today that could be played in a 1963 Hardy chanter?
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Old 03-28-2020, 02:09 PM   #2
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Is there anyone making chanter reeds today that could be played in a 1963 Hardy chanter?

My guess is you'd have to reach out to a reedmaker and have done made.

Where in AB are you?


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Old 03-28-2020, 02:15 PM   #3
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Ahhh I was gonna say I can help but you're a wee bit far


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A couple months back, some band mates and I played for the Piano Guys using older Hardie chanters. I think we just used regular reeds - I think I had a Melvin in mine. Came in pretty much bang on at 466
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Old 03-29-2020, 05:11 PM   #6
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Personally for Concert Pitch gigs I switched from a 1960s Hardie to a purpose-built Concert Bb/466 modern chanter.

Mine is by McCallum.

The reason is purely about the reeds. The Hardie was designed for the reeds that Hardie made in the 1960s, while the McCallum is evidently designed around standard modern reeds.

I can take the same Megarity reed that plays great in my high-pitch McCallum and switch it to the Bb/466 chanter and it gives a perfectly in-tune scale.

The old Hardies typically have very sharp High G's with modern reeds, often so sharp that tape won't fix it (the chanter squeals when you play a High G gracenote on Low A). With the original Hardie reeds the High G was perfect, of course.
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Old 03-30-2020, 08:41 PM   #7
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I have some NOS reeds that will work with a bit of scraping, but you may get ~460-465 Hz. PM me if you want to try some.
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