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Old 05-19-2019, 05:59 AM   #1
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Default Practice Chanter Reeds

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I was wondering if anyone can recommend a practice chanter reed that can still work well when it gets quite wet. Think Iím currently playing in a Warnock reed and when it gets wet it starts to cut out badly mid tune

Thanks!
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Old 05-19-2019, 06:09 AM   #2
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I was wondering if anyone can recommend a practice chanter reed that can still work well when it gets quite wet. Think Iím currently playing in a Warnock reed and when it gets wet it starts to cut out badly mid tune

Thanks!
Most any reed...syn or cane will shut down when wet or with an excess of moisture on the blades. Once in a while when playing take a moment to dry it off and blow out the chanter top. The Warnock reeds are v g ...so are Walsh . Careful of over blowing,...scrub between the blades with a crisp dollar bill drawn thru a few times under light finger pressure. donít overblow.
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Old 05-19-2019, 08:10 AM   #3
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Default Re: Practice Chanter Reeds

As el gaitero mentioned, that's just one of the limitations of the practice chanter that we have to contend with. You may consider purchasing reed absorbers, which I've found to be quite helpful. Hardie also makes a poly PC with a water trap if the moisture build-up truly irks you.

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Old 05-19-2019, 08:48 AM   #4
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For me ?
Walsh PC with water trap, with a Walsh Reed......done.
I have others, which I like and use...but anything past 20 minutes...I'm using the Walsh, or regretting not using it...
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Old 05-19-2019, 09:28 AM   #5
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I’ve used some kinda Walsh pc reed for all 23 years of my playing. It keeps on truckin’ through the gurgle and gargle of spit as it runs through my high a hole.

Just take the reed out and blow the spit out through the bottom and stick it back in.
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Old 05-19-2019, 09:33 AM   #6
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Iíve used some kinda Walsh pc reed for all 23 years of my playing. It keeps on truckiní through the gurgle and gargle of spit as it runs through my high a hole.

Just take the reed out and blow the spit out through the bottom and stick it back in.
..yes...ezzee peezee...ditto on Walsh reeds...
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Old 05-21-2019, 11:37 AM   #7
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Default Re: Practice Chanter Reeds

There are two approaches, work against moisture or with it.


You could work against it, which is what I do, and blow the reed out from the bottom and shake the moisture out of the chanter top.


However, you could work with it. Chris Apps makes a cane practice chanter reed that is made to be played soaking wet. Like, genuinely, soaking.


Look it up on youtube and see what you think!
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Old 05-22-2019, 09:01 PM   #8
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I use Warnock PC reeds, never had one cut out from wetness. But periodically taking the PC apart (every 15 minutes or whatever), taking a paper towel to the inside of the top (to sop up extra moisture) and another one wiped lightly over the reed should help.
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Old 05-23-2019, 01:21 PM   #9
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It's easy to make a chanter reed that is resistant to moisture, practice or pipe. You just have to be prepared to push. The easier a reed, the more susceptible to water it is.
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Old 09-04-2019, 10:19 AM   #10
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I was wondering if anyone can recommend a practice chanter reed that can still work well when it gets quite wet. Think I’m currently playing in a Warnock reed and when it gets wet it starts to cut out badly mid tune

Thanks!
Chris App's practice chanter CANE reeds plays best when it is soaked.

https://appsreeds.com/collections/pr...e-chanter-reed
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