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  • #16
    Re: Clanrye Reed

    Originally posted by John S. Foley View Post
    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.

    Made of "recycled water bottles" and sold in uniform sheets...it makes no sense to me why they should be 4-5x the cost of traditional cane reeds so carefully cultivated,harvested,culled,stored,selected,shippe d,again culled,selected, split, shaved,shaped and tied.


    • #17
      Re: Clanrye Reed

      Greetings to All,

      To draw on those posts where "over blowing" was mentioned,
      as well "hard to tune with other pipers," here is the dent of my
      (somewhat lengthy) contact with the reed, and its makers, and
      my mates who use (exclusively) the Clanrye reeds.

      The final result is simple. I blow too softly for their medium reed,
      and I blow too hard for their easy reed.

      Don't know why. That's just the way it is......

      The makers were both gracious and generous in replacing the
      over-blown (and ruined) easy reeds. Their attitude and conduct
      were above question. (I only wish I could have been a customer.)

      For "tuning with other pipers," I have several mates who play only
      with the Clanrye reeds, in conjunction with their Delrin chanters,
      and I usually play an early 50's G&C chanter (and sometimes a
      1916 Starck) along with a regular medium cane reed, and I and
      we have never had any great difficulty getting in, or staying in, tune.

      Thus endeth this particular tale.

      Regards to All,

      My friends all know,
      With what a brave carouse...


      • #18
        Re: Clanrye Reed

        If anyone has one of the various plastic reeds if you could measure one up I would love to know

        Total reed length
        Estimated staple length
        Estimated blade length
        Blade width
        Blade length from shrink to the end of the blade
        Blade thickness and actual measurement would be great or a comparision to say a practice chanter or . . . .

        And I would really appreciate this

        John Bolt

        Single malt scotch more than just a breakfast drink