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Old 04-24-2020, 11:29 PM   #1
Gavin Patterson
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Default Bridles for eezedrone GHB drone reeds

I am trying to set up my older pipes as a backup. They have 15 yr old eezedrone reeds and I think the rubber bridles are kind of “tired”. Any suggestions for fabricating replacements from early available materials?
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Old 04-25-2020, 04:50 AM   #2
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I am trying to set up my older pipes as a backup. They have 15 yr old eezedrone reeds and I think the rubber bridles are kind of “tired”. Any suggestions for fabricating replacements from early available materials?
You can buy a new set ...very reasonable...Northwest Bagpipe Supply...<$75 shipped.
I was able some years ago to obtain a small batch of OEM replacement bridles from the maker. They were very difficult to put on...the shop process uses a plier like device with 4 small fingers at the end so when you squeeze the handles the fingers would stretch open the rubber bridle to fit on. It’s the same tool used to castrate young sheep etc with a rubber ring. Of course I didn’t have one...so I improvised by rolling the bridle onto a pencil.. mated it with the reed and rolled the bridle on. I worked up a good bit of a sweat doing so. Not recommended.

If you go with O rings as replacements they’ll need to be very small ...about half the diameter of the reed body. Good luck getting them on.
Buying new reeds is well worth it. Tying on string bridles ...might work maybe ...but not sure you’ll get the adequate and uniform tight fit.
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Old 04-25-2020, 05:31 AM   #3
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I think the rubber bridles are kind of “tired”.



It's not just the bridles, the tongues fatigue as well.


For a bridle, you can tie a hemp bridle just as you would for a cane reed. One nice thing about doing this is you can control the tension on the bridle quite easily.
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Old 04-25-2020, 10:28 AM   #4
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Default Re: Bridles for eezedrone GHB drone reeds

I have replaced several bridals of Ezee drone deeds by a piece of silicone tube. Flexible silicone tube works well!
Very cheap, and the reeds I have modified behaved like a new reed 👍😀
Just give it a try.
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