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    I recently tried a clanrye synethic reed. I noticed the reed had a stronger and more virbrant sound. The reed is supposed to last longer and than the cane reeds. Has anyone had any experience with these plactic Clanrye reeds?
    "To go boldly where no man has gone before."

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    Re: Clanrye Reed

    I've never had any experience with them, or even have heard them, but there's been many posts here with people's thoughts on them.

    While in this thread, click on "search" at the top under the banner ads, and all you need to type is "clanrye"--no need to type the word reed. Hit search and on the first page of hits alone you'll find at least 6 topics with opinions on them.

    Hope this helps!

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    • #3
      Re: Clanrye Reed

      After my post, I looked at the previous posts. I have seen the responses. I'm a newbie to this site. Thanks
      "To go boldly where no man has gone before."

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      • #4
        Re: Clanrye Reed

        No problem. I noticed it was your first post, and thought I'd help you out a bit. As I said, I know nothing of these reeds, and there's been some talk on these forums about them in the past that you'd probably find interesting.

        I'm sure you'll also get some fresh responses on this thread you started too. Just give it a day or two and I'm sure someone will pipe up--no pun intended. If not, the previous posts might give you an idea of what people know about them.

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        • #5
          Re: Clanrye Reed

          Funny...people used to talk about how expensive they are. That hasn't happened in a long time. I have two of them (well, actually three. I had a damaged one, and was told to keep it when the replacement came.) The price was worth it to me. As a beginner I had been struggling to find a reed that I could keep going, and didn't have to fart with. I would finally get an "almost" reed, and for whatever reason it would "go south". I'd have to start all over again. Not too much learning was taking place. When I put in the Clanrye, for the first time I was actually able to blow the pipes. It taught me what needed to be done to blow steady, and it was consistent. Maybe not good, but I could blow it, and it was consistent. If you are careful not to slip down the cellophane binding like a pair of socks, (i.e., don't mess with the little rubberband) and you realize that they are lighter than typical "easy" and "medium" you'll do OK. They are unbelievably forgiving as far as abuse is concerned. Folks on here have mentioned chipped corners. I haven't done that yet, but I have stepped on them, sat on them, and had the chanter fall out of the stock and land on the blades (deflecting them). A cane reed would have been finished. I use McCrostie reeds now, but I can always count on my Clanrye's in a pinch.

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          • #6
            Re: Clanrye Reed

            So going by what john said, is there a possibility that teaching new students to play the GHB with a clanrye reed would be more beneficial to the student than playing with a cane reed? i don't have one and never played/ heard one, but from what i hear about them, they stay in tune longer, so a beginner could learn what an in-tune chanter is supposed to sound like. since they're easier than cane reeds, the GHB wouldn't be so hard to play.

            just a thought...
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            • #7
              Re: Clanrye Reed

              I do play a Clanrye but I started with cane. I went to all the seminars to learn to make a cane reed easier to play and tune, but I am still working on the art of reed manipulation. Nonetheless, I will continue to try to do my best on cane reeds while playing a Clanrye. I suppose I'm experimenting with my Clanrye.

              From everything I have read, I still think cane is the way to go but one cannot deny that the Clanrye reed is more consistent and has a stronger sound.
              "To go boldly where no man has gone before."

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              • #8
                Re: Clanrye Reed

                I use the clanrye reed for newbies. In fact I got the first one for a blind student that I am teaching now. He struggled with the tissue paper cane reed, so I got him the clanrye.
                He learned to get the blowing/squeezing thing down.
                Suddenly just this past Sunday, he was overblowing the clanrye. I had to go back finally to the first cane reed that I had eased up for him. I was really happy for him and it almost brought his dad to tears. A real breakthrough.
                I have also started another student on the same thing to get him blowing/squeezing properly and it to is getting better.
                Practice Hard, win easy!
                Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.
                Vince Lombardi

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                • #9
                  Re: Clanrye Reed

                  You really can see the students progress when they overblow the Clanrye, better yet the student can see their own progress. That sounds great, I'm happy for him! It can be a huge boost.

                  I've found that new students cannot see their progress as easliy as the teacher.
                  "To go boldly where no man has gone before."

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                  • #10
                    Re: Clanrye Reed

                    I just received a Med (red dot) Clanrye reed. It starts to sound at 25 inches of water and holds up thru 30 inches or so.

                    Sound is not bad. It will be nice to have a solid fall back reed in a pinch.
                    Rick

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                    • #11
                      Re: Clanrye Reed

                      Just remember that if you are playing in a band,unless they are all playing Clanrye reeds it will be near impossible to become and remain in tune with the rest of the pipers....the plastic blades don't react the same way to moisture, etc as the cane...
                      Some people are like slinkies...they don't serve much purpose but still put a smile on your face when you push them down the stairs...
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                      • #12
                        Re: Clanrye Reed

                        Clanrye Reed Sound sample:

                        I recorded Amazing Grace using an easy cane (Shepherd?) reed and the medium Clanrye reed for comparison. Same drones, same mic setup. The clanrye takes a wee bit more pressure to play than the easy cane.

                        Amazing Grace with Easy Cane Reed

                        Amazing Grace with Med Clanrye Reed

                        While it is probably not a good choice to play with a band or competition, it seems to be OK for general public solo gigs.

                        PS: This is for reed comparison, NOT a review of my limited playing ability
                        Rick

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                        • #13
                          Re: Clanrye Reed

                          Interesting comparison, Reprosser. The Clanrye reed seems to have a thinner, less robust sound than the cane, but, on the whole, it bears comparison with many cane reeds I've heard played. Your comparison and the comments about Clanrye reeds on these forums incline me to recommend them to some of my older learners who are becoming discouraged at their difficulty blowing even an easy cane reed.
                          Ian
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                          • #14
                            Re: Clanrye Reed

                            I recently used one not for ease or pressure concerns, but for stability at a needed time.

                            I was to play at a televised worship service at a large, old Presbyterian church along with a large, old pipe organ. The Organist/Choirmaster has a Doctorate in music and is very serious about intonation. Unable to warm up and tune properly in such a setting, I worked with a tuner at home to set a hard Clanrye in an old Hardie chanter, balanced at 468 hertz. When I struck in in the colder sanctuary, I dropped to 466 or 467 and was right in tune with the pipe organ.

                            The tone is thinner and I don't like the comparison on sound alone. But it has it's purposes.

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                            • #15
                              Re: Clanrye Reed

                              I just received a Clanrye "Hard-blue dot" reed yesterday and was quite excited to give it a go today. I was somewhat disappointed when I found I was overpowering it unless I paid close attention to my pressures (I've only been playing the pipes since June so I'm not what you would call a finesse player...). Any-one tried anything that can make the Clanrye more stable...? elastics maybe like on a practice chanter...?

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