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Old 10-30-2020, 02:18 PM   #1
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Default I Want To Try a New Brand of Drone Reeds

I've used Ezeedrone reeds the entire 8 years that I've been learning pipes and I want to try something different. Looking for reeds that are air efficient, cut in well, and don't howl. I am looking for recommendations based on your experience. My pipes are Naill's ABW and I usually use a Naill plastic band chanter although I have a wooden chanter. Thanks in advance for suggestions.
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Old 10-30-2020, 02:23 PM   #2
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I've used Ezeedrone reeds the entire 8 years that I've been learning pipes and I want to try something different. Looking for reeds that are air efficient, cut in well, and don't howl. I am looking for recommendations based on your experience. My pipes are Naill's ABW and I usually use a Naill plastic band chanter although I have a wooden chanter. Thanks in advance for suggestions.

Hey winch!

Wel there's really no wrong answers here.

That being said:

Make, model, wood quality, weather, personal blowing, reed strength, and maintenance all effect the choice.

Personally I'd say try Kinnaird Edge drone reeds.

Here's what I've found with them.

Big sound, easy to tune, and very easy to dial in for efficiency and stability.

These are slightly more technical than previous versions of Kinnaird reeds, however it only makes them a better all round product.

The addition of a tuning screw for the tongue opening the reeds are optimal for those like me whom take the time to balance air efficiency/demand of the reeds.

Obviously there are plenty of options and again: no wrong answers. Find what you like, chase your perfect sound.


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Old 10-30-2020, 02:27 PM   #3
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Hey winch!

Wel there's really no wrong answers here.

That being said:

Make, model, wood quality, weather, personal blowing, reed strength, and maintenance all effect the choice.

Personally I'd say try Kinnaird Edge drone reeds.

Here's what I've found with them.

Big sound, easy to tune, and very easy to dial in for efficiency and stability.

These are slightly more technical than previous versions of Kinnaird reeds, however it only makes them a better all round product.

The addition of a tuning screw for the tongue opening the reeds are optimal for those like me whom take the time to balance air efficiency/demand of the reeds.

Obviously there are plenty of options and again: no wrong answers. Find what you like, chase your perfect sound.


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LOL you could spend a fortune on the different options out there!! Thanks for the tip on the Kinnairds!
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Old 10-30-2020, 02:28 PM   #4
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LOL you could spend a fortune on the different options out there!! Thanks for the tip on the Kinnairds!

Oh I'm aware. Lol


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I just switched to Kinnaird Edge, as well, though my drones ('80s Kilgour) are quite different from Naill. I've never had success with EZs; yet those who play them love them.

We are fortunate, these days, to have so many excellent choices out there; and I hear of newer ones all the time. As you know, and will likely experience, you're going to get a gazillion opinions. Perhaps those with Naill of your vintage will have more appropriate suggestions.
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Old 10-30-2020, 03:29 PM   #6
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I've used Ezeedrone reeds the entire 8 years that I've been learning pipes and I want to try something different. Looking for reeds that are air efficient, cut in well, and don't howl. I am looking for recommendations based on your experience. My pipes are Naill's ABW and I usually use a Naill plastic band chanter although I have a wooden chanter. Thanks in advance for suggestions.
You didnít mention why? You already have arguably the most popular reed on the market and played by,..arguably,...more than half of the worlds uppermost Pipers. Unless knackered ( 8 years same reeds?...ever change the bridles?) or tongues someway khaked up...excellent reeds...arguably the gold standard.
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You didnít mention why? You already have arguably the most popular reed on the market and played by,..arguably,...more than half of the worlds uppermost Pipers. Unless knackered ( 8 years same reeds?...ever change the bridles?) or tongues someway khaked up...excellent reeds...arguably the gold standard.
I'm on my second set and they are probably 3-4 years old with the original bridles and tongues. I just want to try something different, maybe a different sound. I do have a hard time adjusting the EZ's.
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Old 10-30-2020, 05:55 PM   #8
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I wish I had more experience with Naill. That being said, if youíd like a bold sound try Ackland; theyíre cheaper than everything else. My go to reed these days. Maybe not best for band use without drone valves as they sound more easily than most. He sells direct.

Limiting to reeds available from retailers I like original Kinnaird and X-TREME (though Chris isnít making tenor reeds last I checked, just the bass which is a fantastic bass reed). Coupled with Kinnaird original or perhaps Redwood tenors would again be a solid, bold tone.
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Old 10-30-2020, 06:04 PM   #9
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Who makes a good cane reed? Old school cane with a bridle...
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Old 10-30-2020, 06:33 PM   #10
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Who makes a good cane reed? Old school cane with a bridle...

Shawn Husk. I have two sets of his drone reeds. Good stuff and reasonable price.

In my pipe box right now I have two sets of Husk cane, two sets of EZ Drones and one set of Kinnaird Evolution. Dunbar polys, btw.

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