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Old 07-31-2003, 01:56 PM   #1
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Default Hard to play reeds?

Hi,
Perhaps it is just me, but every " medium strength " reed I have bought, seems to be made for some superhuman. I find no pleasure in piping with a headache
The solution, for me has always been shaving a reed, instead of blowing it in for endless hours. So I have made an adaptor, a chanter stalk that takes an airline adaptor, so I can plug my chanter into it (THIS REQUIRES A VERY LOW AIR PRESSURE REGULATOR) Tape the chanter to low A and with CAREFUL air regulation I can make the compressor do the work of blowing in the reed.
Having done this with quite a few previously impossible to blow reeds with good results.
What do you think?
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Old 07-31-2003, 03:33 PM   #2
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Default Re: Hard to play reeds?

What PSI do you set it to? What kind of regulator do you use?
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Old 08-01-2003, 04:16 AM   #3
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Default Re: Hard to play reeds?

Someone had built something like this and was selling it on ebay at one time. Looks like it held several reeds and blew the air through a water tank to hydrate the reeds also. This would have to be a garage item, can you imagine 6 reeds going at one time for about 24 hrs straight. Someone would really be ready to hang you in a very short time.
As far as air pressure Emmett, I'd say start low and increase slowly until you get that reed to hum for you.
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Old 08-01-2003, 04:51 AM   #4
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Default Re: Hard to play reeds?

Have you tried any soutar mediums? I find they are a bit easier than some other brands. I even bought a medium-soft to try out and it's really easy to play and still projects well.

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Old 08-01-2003, 06:42 AM   #5
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Default Re: Hard to play reeds?

If you buy them from Chris (Tone Czar)he lets you specify easy medium, medium, and hard medium. I'm thinking he's checking them on some kind of manometer. I've been happy ordering easy mediums from him, but I think I may have to soon graduate to medium which will leave me with some easy medium McCann's. People around here have just been waiting for objective evidence that I am a blow hard, I'm getting there.
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Old 08-03-2003, 06:06 PM   #6
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Originally posted by JimF:
If you buy them from Chris (Tone Czar)he lets you specify easy medium, medium, and hard medium. I'm thinking he's checking them on some kind of manometer.
No manometer, just a Chris-o-meter. I put the reed in the chanter and blow it ... that's how I gauge the strength.

If you find medium reeds too hard, then just ask for easy reeds. There's nothing wrong with that!

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