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Old 02-25-2019, 12:36 PM   #1
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Default Dominant Naill drones - which reeds to use?

Naill drones circa 3 years old. Ezees. Loud and dominating the chanter.

Could anyone recommend a make of reeds to tame these drones and bring the pipe into balance?

With exactly the same set up in my Robertsons (i.e. Ezees and same chanter) no such problems.

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Old 02-25-2019, 10:06 PM   #2
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Default Re: Dominant Naill drones - which reeds to use?

Very surprised that this is your experience with Ezee’s & would suggest either that with adjustment you will find an acceptable volume or, that perhaps the reeds are past their best.

If you want to try something different, Selbie’s go well in Naill drones and are the brand which Naill generally supply with their pipes.
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Old 02-25-2019, 11:52 PM   #3
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Default Re: Dominant Naill drones - which reeds to use?

Thanks Roddy.

I have Selbies in my reed collection and will give them a try. In Pat Mclaurin's excellent drone reed review he also suggests Cannings and Xtremes. I have those too and will try them.

I think it's the tenors causing the problem. The middle one (closest to my ear) is overpowering.
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Old 02-26-2019, 12:23 AM   #4
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Default Re: Dominant Naill drones - which reeds to use?

For what it’s worth I have Xtremes in my (4 year old) Naill drones. You may find they want blu-tac in the tuning screws to tune with the tenors on the hemp.

I had an old set of Ezees that were not easy to balance in them but had them refurbished and they are now good and stable. So your Ezees may benefit from a trip back to Pipe Dreams.


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Old 02-26-2019, 01:18 AM   #5
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Default Re: Dominant Naill drones - which reeds to use?

Thanks Bob.


Just to make clear I'm not complaining about the Ezees per se - I'm entirely happy with the same reeds in my Robertsons.


I suppose it's to be expected that the same drone reeds will produce a different dynamic in a relatively new pipe compared with a different make ~70 years older. Obviously the wood will have aged more in the Robertsons and presumably the internal dimensions differ too.
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Old 02-26-2019, 05:36 AM   #6
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Default Re: Dominant Naill drones - which reeds to use?

A full set of X-Treme reeds will work well in the Naills. I find the tenors a tad quieter than Ezees with different harmonics that complement the bass well.
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Old 02-26-2019, 09:42 AM   #7
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Default Re: Dominant Naill drones - which reeds to use?

Canning tenors and a cane bass are smooth and pretty mellow in my set of Naills.
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Old 02-26-2019, 10:14 AM   #8
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Like Roddy, I am rather baffled and would like to understand what's going on before trying to solve a problem I don't understand.
A recording might be helpful.
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Old 02-27-2019, 09:47 AM   #9
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Default Re: Dominant Naill drones - which reeds to use?

My son plays Ezee tenors and an original Kinnaird bass and it sounds great. The Cannings are definitely more mellow to my ears than the Ezees so if you're finding them out of balance to the chanter, they would be a good place to start.

You may have mentioned this already, but how old is your chanter reed? New reeds are brighter and maybe, if you're playing an older reed, it's giving a duller sound. Perhaps, that's why it sounds out of balance.

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Old 02-27-2019, 10:16 AM   #10
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Default Re: Dominant Naill drones - which reeds to use?

If its just the tenor closest to your ear, its probably an indication that the reed in that drone is too open and needs the bridle moved to close it down. This will also quiet the reed. Alternately, the bridle may be wearing out and is no longer keeping proper tension on the tongue of the reed allowing the reed to be too open.

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