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Old 10-25-2020, 04:42 PM   #11
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Default Re: Cutting The Tip Off Reeds

I've always used a single edge razor blade, These are available in packs of 5 at a modest price in most hardware stores. You really can't get anything sharper than that. They're easy to handle and the 5-pack takes up no space to speak of in your pipe case. A 5-pack will last you for years.
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Old 10-26-2020, 03:12 AM   #12
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I have to ask how often does one need to be cutting the end off a reed? (Unless one is a reed maker). In over 40 years of piping, I think I've done it once or twice.
I don't plan on cutting the end off every reed I ever have. It's merely to have done it, practiced it a bit, know what's too much etc. If I'd I every do have to do it in real life I won't mess it up.
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Old 10-26-2020, 06:49 PM   #13
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I've had limited success. I wouldn't suggest you try clipping the tips off a reed that you depend on ... that being said it can save an otherwise dead reed. As I said, limited success - I've only tried it a couple of times - but it worked! Small (very small) bights are the trick. You obviously only get one chance at this. The reeds I experimented on were simply blown out, and done, so I had nothing to lose. The way I see it, it's worth a try, as opposed to tossing the reed in the bin. Here's the tool I used.
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Old 10-26-2020, 06:55 PM   #14
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In his reed manipulation workshop with WUSPBA yesterday, Richard Parkes used a chisel to cut the tip off a reed.
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Old 10-27-2020, 06:21 PM   #15
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I have cut the tips of a few reeds- just the thinnest hair's breadth at a time. I was tweaking the reeds to play a clean, in tune high B. 5 out of 6 worked just fine.
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Old 10-28-2020, 09:56 AM   #16
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I have cut the tips of a few reeds- just the thinnest hair's breadth at a time. I was tweaking the reeds to play a clean, in tune high B. 5 out of 6 worked just fine.
Interesting ... so it seems you're able to achieve an added note above high A (high B) by trimming a reed. When I trim a reed, it drops the pitch somewhat, makes the reed a little harder to blow, and makes it louder. Opposite of what you describe. I'm obviously missing something here. Care to elaborate?

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Old 10-30-2020, 08:09 AM   #17
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Interesting ... so it seems you're able to achieve an added note above high A (high B) by trimming a reed. When I trim a reed, it drops the pitch somewhat, makes the reed a little harder to blow, and makes it louder. Opposite of what you describe. I'm obviously missing something here. Care to elaborate?

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It's not only the reed trimming that makes a High B possible- the technique, called "Pinching" is so eting that used to be common among border pipers- one fingers a low B while very slightly opening the High A- for most of my chanters, I place my thumbnail athwart the A hole. Fingering is thus: /xxx/xxoo, where means slight opening. I find it easier to get to a high B from high A if on fingers High A as 0/xxx/xxx0. High G# can be fingered: o/xx0/xxx0 or 0/xxx/xxoo.
Trimming the reed tip can bring a flat High B into tune.
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