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Old 07-26-2016, 08:57 AM   #1
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Default "New" Husk Reeds

I am not one to write reviews or give product promotions but in this case I have to make an exception.

I (we) have been using Shawn Husk's chanter reeds for a couple of years now and while they were good reeds, they played well and were fairly easy to get tuned they were not particularly special. Recently I contacted Shawn about an issue with some of the reeds in the last order and he told me that he had a completely new design and that we should try it. He sent a batch out and to my ears they are fantastic. They are still ridge cut but the profile has changed a bit. The first thing that they went in were poly McCallum band chanters. The top hand is bright and not thin in the least. The F's were excellent or perhaps a hair sharp and very stable. The bottom is rich. To my surprise, the same was true in a ABW Nail and laminate Kyo chanters.

While I am certainly no expert, I am a bit of a nerd when it comes to the mechanics side of piping and have dabbled a bit in reed making. In my humble opinion Shawn has a winner here. The first two dozen were consistently excellent. The band has not played them long enough to comment on longevity so time will tell there.

I look forward to hearing what others have to say about these as he gets them in wider distribution.
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Old 07-27-2016, 07:58 AM   #2
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Default Re: "New" Husk Reeds

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... To my surprise, the same was true in a ABW Nail and laminate Kyo chanters.
Similar to you I play ABW Nail and ABW Colin Kyo chanters along with a poly McCallum. Over the past few years I've settled into Chesney Warnock reeds for all three chanters. I'll be very anxious to try Shawn's new reeds. Like you I found Shawn's original reeds were easy to tune and sounded good but didn't knock my socks off so to speak.

Shawn, I'm sure you'll see this. Do you have a time frame for releasing the new reeds to the public? Thank you!
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Old 07-28-2016, 12:27 PM   #3
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Old 08-04-2016, 10:04 PM   #4
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Default Re: "New" Husk Reeds

I've just had a go at 1 of the 4 I got from Shawn. It doesn't really get anymore plug and play than that.

One thing I really appreciate about Shawn's reeds is that they hold their strength. Not just day to day but during the session as moisture is accumulated. I don't order from him often because I'm still using reeds he sent me years ago, seriously.

Tested in a new Colin Kyo chanter.

A little bit of advice, wait about a month so my band mates' can get their orders in first.
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Old 08-09-2016, 05:17 PM   #5
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Default Re: "New" Husk Reeds

I just got a couple of the New Husk reeds, and plug-n-play sums it up. I play a c.1997 Shepherd ABW chanter with 1960 Hardie drones, and I can't ever remember having a better reed than this one. The scale is so true I have zero tape on the chanter. And the overtones are amazing.

I play Clan Campbell's Gathering in competition, so I need a great piobaireachd high A. This reed gives a clear, sweet piobaireachd high A that makes me smile.

I thought the last Husk reed I had was amazing. This thing, though, is altogether grand.
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Old 07-26-2018, 06:57 AM   #6
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Default Re: "New" Husk Reeds

I'd agree with these statements. The new (not so new now) reed design is fantastic. Bright, bold and vibrant. Oh, and extremely stable. The Piob High G was bang on without having to move the tape, a bonus for a ridge cut.

Well done, Shawn!
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Old 07-26-2018, 01:20 PM   #7
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Default Re: "New" Husk Reeds

The new version of Shawn's reeds are phenomenal. They are as consistent as you will find. They work in virtually every chanter I put them in.

I only use two brands of chanter reeds, Husk and Abbott. Both have everything I desire in a reed. I try to keep a sample of everything on the reed market on hand. These are the two I reach for when I want to test a chanter.
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Old 07-26-2018, 07:46 PM   #8
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Sounds A++++++ for me. Will be ordering a few for my students eventually as well.
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Old 08-04-2018, 05:25 PM   #9
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They are indeed great reeds, very bright, crisp, and LOUD!
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Old 08-04-2018, 05:46 PM   #10
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Played my pipes today for a wedding in 30C heat and 75% humidity. The reed didn't budge, stable for almost 3 hours of off and on playing.
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