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Old 07-26-2020, 06:04 PM   #1
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Default Reed recommendations for a Colin Kyo chanter

I've had some okay luck with a couple of Chesney reeds that I rotate in my chanters. However, I'm finding very flat HA and B (and/or other oddities) and a lot of taping to get everything balanced. Many of my other reeds are one offs such as old Gilmour, G1 Platinum, McPhee and several Troy and two Sound Supreme; all haven't played well in my CK that I've experienced. Perhaps it's user error? This chanter is up there with the Peter Henderson when it's going well.

I believe the newer ridge cut Apps reeds are now the suggested go to for the CK, but I'm wondering what other reed suggestions people have that they find work really well from the get go. Despite continually repositioning tape lately in each session, the Chesney was actually going pretty well until it started to die and shift pitch often during a session. Until I can find a reed that's more plug and play I am back to my Shepherd MK3 (forgot how much I enjoyed the Shepherd too, such a different character).

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Old 07-26-2020, 08:32 PM   #2
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Default Re: Reed recommendations for a Colin Kyo chanter

I ordered up some Apps ridge cuts, but in the meantime, I had fantastic luck with a Chesney ridge cut. So far no tape (fingers crossed). Sounds Brilliant.
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Default Re: Reed recommendations for a Colin Kyo chanter

What has Murray suggested?
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Old 07-26-2020, 09:10 PM   #4
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Default Re: Reed recommendations for a Colin Kyo chanter

G1 Platinum, Chesney and Melvin worked well for me. I usually used G1s, they tend to have a sharper (but manageable) top hand.
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Old 07-27-2020, 03:02 AM   #5
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Default Re: Reed recommendations for a Colin Kyo chanter

I use Shepherd reeds in my Colin Kyo laminate and they work well with a little tape on the occasional home.


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Old 07-27-2020, 10:06 AM   #6
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I'd send Murray an email and see what he says. Probably no one knows his chanter as well as he does, right?
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Old 07-27-2020, 12:04 PM   #7
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Default Re: Reed recommendations for a Colin Kyo chanter

Murray recommends the new Apps ridge cut. Itís not a bad reed, I havenít had a lot of time on one. He used to recommend Melvin.

Iíve been playing the same Gilmour, straight cut Sound Supreme, and Husk in my Kyo chanters for years now, though Iím still playing his older profile chanters. I donít think there was much of an internal change when he refined the outer profile, but Iím not 100% sure.
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Old 07-29-2020, 01:14 AM   #8
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Default Re: Reed recommendations for a Colin Kyo chanter

As others mentioned, Murray enthusiastically recommends the new Apps ridge cuts. I ordered some a while back mostly out of curiosity but haven't received them yet.

I'm still getting back in form after another hiatus from playing, but I'm still using the straight cut Troy "McAllister" reed I popped in there almost a year ago, and it still sounds great. (NB: Order easy strength. Trust me.) Murray seemed somewhat surprised when I mentioned that I favored this reed in my Kyo chanter. I guess he mostly likes to use ridge cuts in his chanters, and it wasn't one he had tried before.

Before the Troy, I'd also had good results with Colin MacLellan reeds. I like playing a lot of pžobaireachd these days, so I need something that's rock-solid on the G, and I don't particularly care for chanter reeds that are any more screaming loud than they need to be.

Honestly, plenty of reeds work very well in the Kyo; it just depends on what sound you're looking for.
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