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Old 07-03-2019, 06:46 AM   #1
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Default Band reeds - what do you use?

Trying to get an idea of what bands out there are using for chanter reeds, out of interest and to gauge what we should try in our early McCallum band chanters. Cheers!
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Old 07-03-2019, 09:02 AM   #2
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Default Re: Band reeds - what do you use?

I use Macphee reeds in my poly McCallum band chanter, and also in my McCallum ABW McC2 chanter for solo work. That being said, our band is getting matching chanters from a different maker in the near future, but I don't know what reeds will be used for those.

I am a big fan of Donald's reeds and first starting buying them from him when he was in Houston back in the 1980s.

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Old 07-04-2019, 08:50 AM   #3
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We go local, and get the reeds for our McCallum chanters from Steve Megarity.

Then we know the reeds will work in our weather.
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Old 07-04-2019, 09:02 AM   #4
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Trying to get an idea of what bands out there are using for chanter reeds, out of interest and to gauge what we should try in our early McCallum band chanters. Cheers!
Shepherd standard reeds in our mk2 chanters. 475 pitch. Solid ....for almost 20 years. There might be others..but if it ainít broke...
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Old 07-04-2019, 10:16 AM   #5
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G1 Platinum in our band Mk2 chanters.
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Old 07-04-2019, 10:32 AM   #6
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G1 Platinum in our band Mk2 chanters.
Another good choice I sometimes use...but still the other 90+%. The shepherds are more soldier proof.
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Another good choice I sometimes use...but still the other 90+%. The shepherds are more soldier proof.
To that point (which I agree is important), I've found the G1s (Platinums, especially) hold up very well and have a longer life than many. They also tune well with our chanters, requiring less tape (particularly on the high hand). Shepherds are, of course, excellent, too.
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McCallum mk3 chanters, Shepherd "molded" (NOT ridge-cut) reeds.
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McCallum mk3 chanters, Shepherd "molded" (NOT ridge-cut) reeds.
What do you pitch at with this combination?
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Old 07-09-2019, 06:20 AM   #10
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McCallum mk3 chanters, Shepherd "molded" (NOT ridge-cut) reeds.
We've just switched to Shepherd molded reeds in our earlier McCallum band chanters - so far, so good. A bit lower pitched and very stable.
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