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Old 07-24-2019, 07:15 AM   #11
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Default Re: Bass drone goes out of tune quickly

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I play Selbies in my band bagpipe, ABW Dunbar, outstanding tone. You cannot go wrong playing the full set of Selbies.

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Yes,agreed....Ive set up dozens of McCallum band and student pipes with Selbie reds...👍 👌.
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Old 07-24-2019, 07:00 PM   #12
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Default Re: Bass drone goes out of tune quickly

Have you checked the reed bridle for cracks? My Kinnaird Evo bass recently had a problem holding tuning, and I discovered the O-ring was cracked on the underside where it rubbed against the carbon tongue. Once I replaced the bridle, the reed sounded as good as new again.
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Old 07-25-2019, 03:59 AM   #13
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Hi all, hopefully someone can help me. My tenor drones stay in tune with the chanter and with each other pretty well (Selbie). However my bass drone always seems to need to be tuned (kinniard original). I had them set to all shut off at the same pressure. I've now moved the bridle to open up the bass and that doesn't seem to be helping. Not sure what else to try. Any suggestions?

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Post # 12 here re a cracked O ring bridle being the issue reminded me I have occasionally seen a broken tongue on a Selbie reed. Reed plays ...but poorly and untuneable.
The almost invisible break..or snap.. occurs straight across at the bridle end of the H cut out holding the plastic tongue in place.
Set of inexpensive replacement tongues can be bought from many retailers.
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