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Old 01-13-2017, 06:27 PM   #41
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That's what I've been hearing, I've been scouring the web for a reed that would work well with this chanter, as there are two hopefuls; a Gilmour reed that the Henderson group recommended and I went to Shawn Husk to purchase a reed as well. Hopefully there will be a successor from my Shepherd Bb. After putting the Shepherd Reed in I found that the chanter ran at 445 Hz on the tuner, and getting the old drones in tune was an unsuccessful chore at first. It kind of feels like getting an old Model T in running shape again lol
I'll do my best. I have an old Lawrie here and I'll get it as close as possible for you but these chanters from Lawrie were never well respected in the past from all the information I have, and they varied wildly. But you can be assured that the reed will be playable and with good volume and hopefully with some taping you'll be able to get it where you want it.
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Old 01-15-2017, 06:00 PM   #42
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The problem with an old chanter is the scale that is really different than today especially with the C and the E.

Usually vintage chanter reeds are made with longer staples of 1 inch.
I find this interesting, and gives me an idea. Please pardon what I hope isn't a moronic question on my part, but if this is the case, then might it stand to reason that if I were to take the wrapping off of one of my normal GHB reeds ... I might be able to roll a longer staple for the reed, and redo the wrapping to put it back together again?

I have an A-440 chanter, and I've also had a bit of trouble getting reeds to behave with in ... especially with the E.

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Old 01-16-2017, 05:10 AM   #43
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Here's a quick sketch from around the 1920s of a GHB reed. It was sketched by an Uilleann pipemaker in the US so likely a copy of the standard dimensions of the day. It's a couple of mm longer than a modern reed, so seems not unreasonable.

http://imgur.com/cq7MsbS
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Old 01-16-2017, 06:19 AM   #44
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Here's a quick sketch from around the 1920s of a GHB reed. It was sketched by an Uilleann pipemaker in the US so likely a copy of the standard dimensions of the day. It's a couple of mm longer than a modern reed, so seems not unreasonable.

http://imgur.com/cq7MsbS
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