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Old 04-03-2019, 05:05 AM   #1
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Hello all . Does anyone out there have a set of maclellan studiopipes ? If so what is the best chanter reed for them? Mine are in Key of A . It came with an abbott practice chanter reed but doesn't sound very good to me. If anyone can suggest a good reed?
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Old 04-03-2019, 07:01 AM   #2
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Hello all . Does anyone out there have a set of maclellan studiopipes ? If so what is the best chanter reed for them? Mine are in Key of A . It came with an abbott practice chanter reed but doesn't sound very good to me. If anyone can suggest a good reed?
The maker..Roddy McClellan...can advise and/or perhaps cleanup the issue with the Abbott reed. Heís good at customer relations....heíll help...a great guy.
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Old 04-03-2019, 08:28 AM   #3
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I actually have been dealing with this same thing on my Bb studio pipes. Iím waiting for my next paycheck then Iím going to buy an Apps Reed. I hear that theyíre great and Chris Apps makes a Reed that apparently works for all chanter keys. This video of him sold me on his reeds:

https://youtu.be/3k1vxcdRXmU

The tone just sounds way nicer than the Abbot.


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Old 04-03-2019, 01:38 PM   #4
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Thanks for the info . I was looking at apps also. I ordered a cane practice chanter reed for my practice chanter a few months ago can't seem to get it right sound in my practice chanter anymore . Maybe I'll order one and tell him it's for a maclellan studio pipe chanter. Gibson sounds ok in it but not enough volume to compete with the drones. The abbott has way just to many squeels
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Old 04-03-2019, 03:17 PM   #5
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With Gibson/Abbott style reeds, my experience reminds me that they squeal more when *underblown* and that the squealing would stop if blown up to a higher pressure.

Shame you canít get Boyd reeds anymore, his were awesome.
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Old 04-20-2019, 02:27 PM   #6
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I use an old style Gibson chanter reed in my Bb studio pipes and they sound nice.
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Old 04-24-2019, 12:10 PM   #7
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Shame you canít get Boyd reeds anymore, his were awesome.
When he started selling them again briefly I bought two spares.

I'm under the impression that the mojo comes from making the blades from tenor drum heads.
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Boyd reeds used 0.010" Mylar as the blade material. Unlike many other plastics, Mylar does not contain plasticizers which dry out and leave the plastic brittle over time. It must be heat formed. It gives long lasting reeds with great tone.
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FWIW Remo Frosted banjo heads are .010" Mylar
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