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Old 09-26-2019, 01:39 AM   #11
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Default Re: Rocket Drone Reeds Required

I would really like to know why people believe rocket reeds are so special. I too held this belief, before I got rocket reeds. I have owned and extensively played 3 sets of them, and they're good stable drone reeds. They don't have a superior sound to other reeds, such as Cannings, or Henderson Harmonics. I use Cannings in my pipes and find them the best I have ever tried by far. One huge drawback with rockets is they do not adjust for strength. Unlike any other synth drone reed I have tried, moving the bridle makes no difference to the strength of a rocket reed. In my case, the bass became a problem with it stopping, which is obviously a disaster in a solo contest. I have read so much hype about these reeds. If you ask the top 30 solo pipers of today what drone reeds they use, only a small percentage (if any) use rockets. That should make one question this "best synth reed ever made/ holy grail" nonsense. Besides all this, if you do like the rocket design and materials, Kinnaird has improved these and makes a rocket type reed which CAN adjust for strength. You also don't need to know Kinnaird personally to get a set or search arund for used sets and beg the owner to sell. Honestly, i don't understand this rocket obsession at all. Not saying they are bad reeds - they are pretty good indeed, and nice and stable. So are Cannings, Henderson's, Selbie's, and so many others.
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Old 09-26-2019, 06:27 AM   #12
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Default Re: Rocket Drone Reeds Required

Not sure which other top-flight pipers use Rockets, but Collin MacLellan uses a carbon-fiber Rocket bass with Ezeedrone tenor reeds. He reckoned it gave him the best sound short of full cane.

Having said that, there is such a myth about them that I am seriously considering selling my glass fiber set.

In my drones (vintage Robertson) I am using Ezeedrone in the tenors with a carbon-fiber Rocket bass (thank-you for selling them Patrick). This bass is better sounding (but not by much) than the Kinnaird Evo. I would have used the Kinnaird Edge, but it was the biggest PITA IMO to adjust (needs a denser thread pitch on the grub screw).

Itís really about experimenting with different drone reeds in order to find the optimum set for your specific drones. What may work for one set of drones may not be ideal for another. I donít think Rockets are the Holy Grail Of drone reeds, but they certainly raised the bar significantly.

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Old 09-26-2019, 07:14 AM   #13
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Interesting, I didn't know Colin McLellan used a rocket bass. He certainly has a great sound.

I agree rockets raised the bar significantly 20 years ago, no dispute there.

I guess I will hang on to mine until someone makes me an offer I can't refuse!
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Old 09-26-2019, 07:44 AM   #14
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I play a set of 1937 Robertsonís. I use Ezeedrone tenor reeds and Kinnaird bass.
This set up give me what Iím looking for.
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Old 09-27-2019, 10:21 AM   #15
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Default Re: Rocket Drone Reeds Required

A set of Rocket Drone reeds just went up for sale on the "Pipe Band Pawn" FaceBook group. It's a closed group, so you may need to ask to join first.
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