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Old 10-14-2012, 06:24 PM   #1
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Default Practice Chanter reeds, am I missing out on a really good one?

You know like all of us I play my Practice Chanter on a daily basis. I currently have a walsh reed with an ortho band on it. it sounds pretty good. Ive also got an Abbott reed as well as a Gibson reed and both of them are pretty good. Ive got 2 Hagen reeds coming from someone, so I'm looking forward to them. Ive tried some abelour reeds as well. Quick question are there some other really good practice chanter reeds out there I should buy? I'm using a Naill Poly chanter ...........
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Old 10-14-2012, 07:23 PM   #2
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Stick with the Abbott, but give it a chance to break in before you decide you dont like it. Abbotts really aren't the best reeds when they're new, but after some good playing, they sound and feel amazing.
Hagen reeds are also amazing but I much prefer a reed pitched to 440 for my PC.
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Old 10-14-2012, 08:09 PM   #3
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Default Re: Practice Chanter reeds, am I missing out on a really good one?

I've tried all the reeds you mentioned and give my 'second' to the Abbott PC reed. Best one I've played yet and plan on sticking with them! Clear, robust sound, easily tempered with the dental band. GREAT REED!!!

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Old 10-14-2012, 08:20 PM   #4
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Default Re: Practice Chanter reeds, am I missing out on a really good one?

Coin MacLellan's PC reeds from pipereeds.com are pretty good too. Hassle free and they go all the time.
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Old 10-14-2012, 09:11 PM   #5
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Get a cane reed from Chris Apps or Bill Carr.
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Old 10-14-2012, 09:53 PM   #6
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Old 10-15-2012, 05:14 PM   #7
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Default Re: Practice Chanter reeds, am I missing out on a really good one?

I like Abbots in my Naill and my Lawrie. As mentioned they take some time to break in. I really liked Watson reeds but they don't have them anymore.
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Old 10-15-2012, 05:39 PM   #8
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Get a cane reed from Chris Apps or Bill Carr.
OR you could spend $40 getting this one and that, they all work OK and all but not one you absolutely love. PLUS the best moisture control system known for PC's is a good cane reed.

I am currently rocking a Bill Carr.

For $1.79 you could get one of these.... "Chicken Killer PC Reed" It came with a refreshing beverage. Best plastic PC reed I ever had.
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Old 10-15-2012, 06:07 PM   #9
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OR you could spend $40 getting this one and that, they all work OK and all but not one you absolutely love. PLUS the best moisture control system known for PC's is a good cane reed.

I am currently rocking a Bill Carr.

For $1.79 you could get one of these.... "Chicken Killer PC Reed" It came with a refreshing beverage. Best plastic PC reed I ever had.
Or for free you could PM me and I'll give you my newest PC reed making instructions and in my opinion you will be able to make a reed better than a Walsh or Abbott that will suit the chanter your playing.
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Old 10-15-2012, 08:17 PM   #10
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My favorite PC reed is a no-name reed I got at the British Shop. It has clear blades and blue binding. They don't seem to have them anymore. Only reed I've been able to leave in my car through the summer.
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