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Old 12-03-09, 03:43 AM   #1
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Default Canning Drone Reeds Rock!

I finally broke down and replaced my Shepherd SM90 drone reeds. After hearing so many good things about Cannings I decided to take the dive.
My first reaction upon opening the box was, "Wow those babies are nice!" The workmanship was very good. I couldn't wait to try em out.....so in about ten minutes flat I had taken my pipes out of the case, put em together, taken the old reeds out and removed the excess hemp to make the new Cannings fit in the reed seats. I had to test out the "plug and play" theory that follows Cannings. I blew each drone with my mouth to see how they were for starters. The bass and one of the tenors needed the bridle moved up a wee bit, but that dosn't affect how great the reeds are.
The moment of truth had come! I tapped the bag (more of a gentle shove actually)....... and they all came in together with a full sound, no squealing or double-toneing. After tuning the drones and playing them by themselves for a bit I relized the wonderful harmony that Cannings produce. I have never played cane reeds so I can't compare them to cane. I do however know a good harmony when I hear it. The Cannings have a solid sound. The bass is included in the harmony like it should be, and it dosn't stick out like it did with the Shepherds.
My over all oppinion is: I've found the reeds I'll be playing for years to come. My pipes sound great! My drones no longer shut off or sound like plastic. And I know there are people out there who truely want to make piping products that work and arn't just putting toys out on the market.
Ryan if you read this post I want to thank you for putting these on the market. I'll be recommending your reeds to anyone shopping around. Thank you so much for answering the questions I had. If you ever have an upgrade (I don't think it's posible to upgrade Cannings) I'll be buying them because you are on to something good. Oh! you can add Pipeline pipes to the list of pipes that work well with Cannings.
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Wow...you managed to get SM90s sounding ok? Kudos...I never could do that.
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JoeGoat,

and there ya go! I was equally impressed.

Hey, you mentioned not having played cane. Well, here are some sound files comparing differences between Naill, Robertson, and Sinclair pipes with cane tenors and Canning tenors. The bass reed in each (a Crozier) stayed the same.
While the intent of the comparison was to highlight differences between the drones, they also give a great glimpse of the difference in tone coming from cane vs the Cannings. I actually think in all the comparisons, the Cannings are more pleasing.

http://www.patrickmclaurin.com/wordpress/?cat=16
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Wow...you managed to get SM90s sounding ok? Kudos...I never could do that.
It took a while to get the Shepherds sounding decent (about five months of playing with them). They still sounded like plastic, but I got em to tune up. My drones were tuning a little lower on the slides than they should. That may of had an affect on the sound, although I doubt it would affect the sound a ton. Shepherds are an inexpensive reed and decently reliable but Cannings win.
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The Cannings also work on a set of 1928 Hendersons.

I did have to increase the lenght of the chamber quite a bit as i was tuning the tenors well above the hemp line. But, this was easily achieved, simple, and now the drones strike in first time with little effort, and sound as good as cane to me!!
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Welcome to the fan club. I have played my set in both my Gibson's and in my Dunbar P2's. I love the sound. I have had my set for 18 months now, and love them. I am thinking of getting a replacement set, and keeping the originals as a back up set. I like having that option just in case something goes wrong just before a gig.
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