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Old 05-03-2020, 03:58 AM   #1
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Default Problem with EZEdrone long reeds

I am playing a cocus wood set, probably made by Hutcheon of Edinburgh prior to 1913.

I am playing a Shepherd B flat ("Orchestral") chanter with a Shepherd B flat reed.

I have fitted a set of Ezedrone B flat (long) reeds but am having problems tuning them. After much trial and error, the tenors are now OK (although one still tends to double tone slightly), but the bass produces a growly sound wherever I try to tune it on the slide. I have followed the maker's instructions to the letter and tried everything I can think of to solve this problem, including rehemping the tuning slide to eliminate any looseness and pushing the reed further into the seat. If I shorten the reed tongue, it stops, of course.

Does anyone have any suggestions?

Thanks!

Paul Boness

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Old 05-03-2020, 05:42 AM   #2
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Default Re: Problem with EZEdrone long reeds

Paul, my Hutcheons would probably tune to Bflat with a standard set of modern reeds. Try a normal bass reed and see how that goes.


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Old 05-03-2020, 07:57 AM   #3
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Default Re: Problem with EZEdrone long reeds

Paul, if all the manipulating fails, you may wish to check out the following.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJp8LEjcX88&t=4s

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Old 05-04-2020, 10:09 AM   #4
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Default Re: Problem with EZEdrone long reeds

Thanks, both. The links were very useful. I have taken your advice and put a set of standard Ezedrone reeds in. This has solved the problem. It had not occurred to me that the pipes might have been made for B flat.
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