Welcome to
the forums at bobdunsire.com
bobdunsire.com forums bobdunsire.com forums
You can reset your password by going here. Be sure to try your current email and any email addresses you may have had in the past.
Otherwise please use the Contact Us link at the bottom of the forums. In order to help you, please provide the following info: Your Display Name from the old forum and any possible email addresses you would have used before. Without that info we cannot locate your account.


Go Back   Bob Dunsire Bagpipe Forums > Other (not GH) Bagpipes > Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes +
Register FAQ Calendar Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + For all types of (non GH) Bagpiping discussions.

Platinum Sponsors
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 02-15-2013, 02:25 AM   #1
mikepipe
Forum Clasp
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Finland,Oulu 200km south from arctic circle
Posts: 842
Default modifying GHB reed to Bp reed

Is it possible to make Borderpipe reed of GHB reed..or does it need different size of staple etc.
__________________
-...sgairteil is proiseil ,.. ja pirun kova meininki -
mikepipe is offline   Reply With Quote
Gold Sponsor
Old 02-15-2013, 05:39 AM   #2
Shawn Husk
Holy smoking keyboard!
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Niles, Ohio
Posts: 5,761
Default Re: modifying GHB reed to Bp reed

It can and has been done. Best bet is to thin the whole reed down a lot from the sound box up to just shy of the tip. A straight cut reed will work best.

Get some wire and put a bridle on it and continue to thin it down as you go.
__________________
Get in the circle!

www.huskreeds.com
Shawn Husk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2013, 06:50 AM   #3
Seth
Forum Gold Medal
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Texas
Posts: 521
Default Re: modifying GHB reed to Bp reed

With Border reeds readily available from Megarity and Scot's Highland you always have the option to purchase one. I've found that "easy" Soutar and "Medium" Warnock reeds are very good specimens to manipulate with many other makers reeds being a useless waste for this task although retaining their abilities as a Highland reed just fine. I personally add a bridle and close down the lips and see where I'm at before I start scraping or sanding. The target is 10-13 " of water and may he a bit more for a mouthblown set. If it's too strong then I start scraping along the sides with a razor-blade angled as if the middle of the reed was an A-frame section of a house. I avoid the tips and do my best to leave the soundbox and mid-section alone. If all else fails, contact Stephen Megarity.

Seth
__________________
Seth Hamon ~
Border Pipes, Swedish Pipes, Uilleann Pipes, & Scottish Smallpipes.
www.SwedishBagpipes.com
www.SethHamon.com

Last edited by Seth; 02-15-2013 at 07:10 AM.
Seth is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2013, 06:59 AM   #4
Seth
Forum Gold Medal
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Texas
Posts: 521
Default Re: modifying GHB reed to Bp reed

Also forgot to add that PipeDreams makes a border Chanter reed as well.
Does anyone know of another source? Seth
__________________
Seth Hamon ~
Border Pipes, Swedish Pipes, Uilleann Pipes, & Scottish Smallpipes.
www.SwedishBagpipes.com
www.SethHamon.com

Last edited by Seth; 02-15-2013 at 07:02 AM.
Seth is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2013, 10:19 AM   #5
Klondike Waldo
Holy smoking keyboard!
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Braintree MA USA
Posts: 8,595
Default Re: modifying GHB reed to Bp reed

Yes, it can be done, and if you own a copy of "More Power To Your Elbow" (which you should, BTW), you'll find instruction by Colin Ross on how to do that in the reed making appendix.

However, it may not work on every Lowland/Border chanter, as som edo require specific staples. (Swayne Border and Lowland chanters (two different beasties, BTW) use modified oboe staples.
__________________
Slainte Leibh/ Slan Leat, Bob Cameron
Klondike Waldo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2013, 10:22 AM   #6
Klondike Waldo
Holy smoking keyboard!
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Braintree MA USA
Posts: 8,595
Default Re: modifying GHB reed to Bp reed

Quote:
Originally Posted by Seth View Post
Also forgot to add that PipeDreams makes a border Chanter reed as well.
Does anyone know of another source? Seth
Nate Banton, Iain Allen, Malcolm MacLaren...
__________________
Slainte Leibh/ Slan Leat, Bob Cameron
Klondike Waldo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2013, 10:24 PM   #7
Nate Banton
Forum Clasp
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Posts: 749
Default Re: modifying GHB reed to Bp reed

Quote:
Originally Posted by Klondike Waldo View Post
Nate Banton, Iain Allen, Malcolm MacLaren...
I do make all the chanter reeds for my chanters, but I don't sell reeds for other makes of pipes.

I don't doubt that it's possible to make a border reed from a GHB reed for my chanters, but I wouldn't be happy with the results. The make of chanters that I know and enjoy all use staples different from GHB reeds. Makers use these staples for good reason. If you want the best results possible, you should use a staple of the correct dimensions.

So... you can take apart an old reed from your maker, take apart the GHB reed, tie the GHB head on the old reed's staple, and then do your scraping and bridle thing as above.

If any one of my customers wants to know about making reeds and an easy place to get staples, contact me.
__________________
Nate Banton Smallpipes and Border Pipes -
Handmade in the USA

http://natebanton.com

Last edited by Nate Banton; 02-15-2013 at 10:29 PM.
Nate Banton is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-16-2013, 01:25 AM   #8
Bill Carr
Holy smoking keyboard!
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: Norway
Posts: 2,585
Default Re: modifying GHB reed to Bp reed

I have done this by changing the staple on the GHB reed and carefully sanding the cane to get right strength. Its very hit and miss and I went though quite a few reeds before I found one that worked.. but even then it was not the very best sound.

Bill
Bill Carr is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Silver Sponsor

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 08:18 PM.