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Old 02-19-2010, 12:55 AM   #1
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Default Selbie Drone Reeds?

Hello together,

what experiences did you make with Selbie Drone Reeds?

http://www.neilselbie.com/Selbie_Drone_Reeds/

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Old 02-19-2010, 04:12 AM   #2
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Default Re: Selbie Drone Reeds?

I use Selbies in my 1970's G&M's. They were recommended by Chris Hamilton. I've been extremely happy with sound and ease of use. I set them once and never had to futz with them in the 10 months I've had them in...except now that I have a harder chanter reed, I need to make a little adjustment to the bridles.
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Old 02-19-2010, 04:58 AM   #3
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Excellent reeds.
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Old 02-19-2010, 05:24 AM   #4
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Default Re: Selbie Drone Reeds?

Our band tried using them throughout a while back. From what I remember, they worked well in Soutar and McCallum pipes but not well in Gibsons. Pretty much all of the Gibson players went back to EZee Drones.
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Old 02-19-2010, 08:16 AM   #5
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Default Re: Selbie Drone Reeds?

I have used Selbie drone reeds for several years and find them very well suited for my Center drones.
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Old 02-19-2010, 09:46 AM   #6
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Default Re: Selbie Drone Reeds?

Sound and work well in my MacMurchie drones as well as sets of Soutar and Sinclair I used to have.......

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Old 02-19-2010, 09:49 AM   #7
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Default Re: Selbie Drone Reeds?

I used Selbies for several years in my Gibsons and I was quite happy with them until I encountered the "tongue breaking" problem in my bass reed a few times. I've heard that Neil has changed the material in his tongues so this may not be happening anymore.

Just my $0.02.

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Old 02-19-2010, 10:45 AM   #8
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Default Re: Selbie Drone Reeds?

I've had some since 2002 and I've never had a problem. Decent sound too.
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Old 02-19-2010, 11:06 AM   #9
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They sound very nice in Wallace bagpipes.
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Old 02-19-2010, 11:55 PM   #10
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Default Re: Selbie Drone Reeds?

Hello JRM and all the others,

thank you very much for your comments. I put them into the Wallace Pipes and the sound is great! I used Eezedrones for the Tenors and MG Reed for the Bass and the sound was not good as with the selbies.

The only problem I have now is that I cannot produce a clear stop. They howl when I have finished playing. I put drone valves (http://www.qualitybagpipes.com/images/big/mccallum_drone_valves.jpg) into the bag, but the sound of the Selbies became dull afterwards. The stopping with the drone valves was fine. I put them out again.

So my questions are:
What about putting Tone Enhancers into the stocks?
What can I do to stop the howling?

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