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Old 07-03-09, 01:58 PM   #1
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Hello to All,

I have a few questions to ask of those of you who are far more knowledgeble than I. Some background on me and my pipe-

I have a ca. 1920 Henderson in silver and ivory. The silver is engraved in the Thistle pattern. The ivory mounts have wee cracks in some of them and the engraving is a bit worn, probably from years of polishing. My favorite chanter is an older Hardie with an ivory nut and large engraved silver sole. A bit flat by today's standards. I use a K&N bag. So much for the beast.

I am 70 years old and have been playing this thing for 18 years. I have always felt a strong conection w' the music of the pipes and for me it is the sound of the soul. There is nothing but nothing like the pipe to express what's inside me. I am by no means a terrific piper but I get by and play for myself and for what it does for me. Never been in a band either.

Before I got this pipe (from Jimmy McIntosh) My wife gave me a little "Paki" pipe for Christmas and that was the end. Or the beginning. I took lessons for a year or so and learned (I believe) the proper basics. Or at least enough to be able to do the pipe credit.

I have always been a strong believer in cane reeds. Love/hate but I feel they bring out the best, and I could never accept plastic in such an organic and alive instrument. Heresy. But now at 70 years old the fingers are getting stiffer, I don't play it on a regular basis enough to keep the drone reeds in tune and am considering synthetic drone reeds.

So the question is can anyone recommend a couple of synthetic reed makers
whose reeds will bring out the best in the pipe and be as close to the canes as possible. There are alot of them out there and it would help immensely to narrow it down. Perhaps someone has a pipe which has similar characteristics to my Henderson and would gie me the advantage of their experience and knowledge.

I'm sorry this is so long but I believe in giving as much info as I can to help others give a better answer.

Or it can be veiwed as another idiot wannabe with another idiot question about reeds. Whichever you choose is fine w' me. Just give me the scoop.

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Lee,
I would also recommend the Canning reeds then the EzeeDrone reeds.

I think you will be most pleasantly surprised.

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Or it can be veiwed as another idiot wannabe with another idiot question about reeds. Whichever you choose is fine w' me. Just give me the scoop.

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Hi Lee! Glad you are finally able to post! (sorry about that ) You'll find that this forum is very helpful, fun (ok, maybe nuts) I'm a firm believer in "how are you gonna know if you don't ask"

While Ezee's appear to be a staple in alot of pipes, I have myself moved to Canning and really really like them. I play pre WW2 Lawries-I've used selbie, ezee, henderson, kinnaird, and have settled on Canning.
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The new McCallum reeds are really quite nice.
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I have used the Cannings in my Dunbars, based on Hendersons as well as in my Gibson's based on McDougals. In both sets the Canning reeds sound great.

Good luck on your decision. I too started at about the same age, it is reassuring to hear I have many many more years of piping ahead of me.
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Thank you all for the skinny. It appears that the choice is Canning or Selbie. I'm going over to Jimmy McIntosh's next tues to check out the Selbies and will wait for Ryan to be back to speak with him.

Perhaps I can add something here but don't yell at me for cheating. When I find a chanter reed which has huge crow and sounds really sweet in the old Hardie, but is a borderline gut buster (remember I'm ancient) I do the following. I have an air compressor into which I connect and airbrush pressure regulator. The AB reg has a very fine control of pressure and airflow. The end of the of the AB line goes into a hole I bored in a reed protector. One then slowly increases the pressure until the reed begins to sound with the lowest pressure it takes. I then just let it sit and play, checking periodically as I have to keep reducing the pressure as the fibers loosen up and break down, until it's a little stronger than I like. From there I play it in. With a bit of massaging as well. Horrible shortcut, cheating and lazy but it works very well, and the Hardie loves it. So does my diaphragm.
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