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Old 11-07-2019, 09:31 AM   #31
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Default Re: Wimps, Unite!

Originally Posted by Piping Potential

What serendipity that this thread resurfaced as I have recently come to the conclusion I've been playing a reed that's too hard.

I can go to the gym and lift heavy weights, but after playing the pipes I'm dizzy, headachy, out of breath, and my back hurts.

The problem is finding an easy reed that sounds good. I've gotten hold of several easy ones that just sounded lousy - dull, squawky, double toning, chirpy.

And it seems like most if not all drone reeds sound best when they're under a higher pressure.

But then I also don't know what the h*ll I'm doing, so there's that.

Anyway thanks for bringing this topic back to the surface!

Ah, Piping Potential,

Possibly... diving into... The Great Lake of Heresy... :)
kindly allow me to offer... these following thoughts...

Rather than trying to find that elusive... easier reed...
take your present too-hard or difficult reed... or reeds...
and work on it... or them... with your... knife... razor
blade... sandpaper... et al... and ease it or them down...
to your comfortable blowing pressure... while it is still
maintaining... the clarity of the notes.

Times Past... when getting a box of new chanter reeds...
that's what we all... had to do. :) (And no way around it. :)

Ease a hard one down... until it suites...

Give it a trying... and see what you think.

And as for not knowing what you're doing? For half of
us... and half th' time... working on a scattershot... and a
prayer... Hells Bells!!... Welcome to th' Club!! :)

Wishing you the Best of Good Fortune!!,


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With what a brave carouse...
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Old 11-10-2019, 09:21 AM   #32
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Default Re: Wimps, Unite!

We had Chris Apps come in and do a reed clinic for us. He is amazing!! If you haven't done so, I highly recommend it.

Being just barely 1 1/2 years on the pipes myself, I learned a lot. Chris gave us a new reed each and went about getting us all in tune and I was watching him take a knife to the reeds to make them easier to play. I was reeling in horror watching him take cuts off reeds. It was simply unreal! I was used to taking pieces of dust from a reed that almost required a microscope to see and he removed enough shavings that were about the equivalent of the amount of sawdust from making a set of kitchen cabinets! Being so skilled has its advantages. He got us so well tuned, I thought my chanter was cutting out when it was really the fact that we were "one" sound. I had experienced that before but, not like this. I kept thinking I was doing something wrong because I couldn't tell if I was playing or not.
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Old 11-10-2019, 07:21 PM   #33
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Originally Posted by DNorwood View Post
Does anyone know (not guesses please!) how this chart compares to the G1 definition of reed strength?
I usually play around 30-32 and my G1 platinum is an Easy+
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Old 11-13-2019, 03:58 PM   #34
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I usually play between 28 and 30. I'm 65 years old.

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Old 11-25-2019, 05:09 PM   #35
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Ease a hard one down... until it suites...

Thanks for the advice Pip01, I will do just that and see how it works!
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