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Old 29-03-09, 11:57 PM   #1
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Default Celtic Reeds - A Review

I received two Celtic reeds this week and just got around to giving them a blow this weekend.
I've put some time on them and felt comfortable enough to finally provide this 'report'.

I've been playing Williams Reeds in a medium strength and always had good experience with each reed I've tried.

Wehn I first pulled them out of the well-packed box, I noticed how thick the cane look at the lips. I compared it to the Williams reed I had in my McCallum chanter and yup, the tips of the new Celtic Reeds looked thicker. My first thought was that I was not going to be able to blow these reeds. Not letting that stop me, I moved forward with replacing my Williams Reed with a Celtic Reed.

Much to my delight, the reed sounded without effort and I was well on my way. After a short blow, I made one minor adjustment (sink the reed a tad).
The first thing that struck me was the solid, bright sound from bottom to top. The High-A is absolutely gorgeous and the McCallum chanter I use was crackin'. The chanter was vibrating more than I have ever felt it. Now I don't know if that is considered a good thing, but it felt neat.
I could not discern any lack of lustre on the top hand.

I believe that is the real beauty of what Steve has done here.

Those of you in bands who are looking for an edge this season should really take a look at these reeds.

Since I've been a bit spoiled lately with my reeds and just for a fair comparison, I pulled out some of my 'older' reeds. I have a Morton, Gilmour, and two unidentified reeds. I also have the Williams reeds. None of them give the same depth of fullness and brightness as these Celtic Reeds.

I believe Steve's got a definite winner here and I wish him much success as the word gets out.

Did I mention how gorgeous that Hi-A is?
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Doe's it have a slight crow on the high A? I always like a little crow there....
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Old 31-03-09, 01:29 AM   #3
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Doe's it have a slight crow on the high A? I always like a little crow there....
I didn't notice any "crow" in my Pipeline chanter. I tested some pretty soft reeds though. By "crow" do you mean a slightly wavering sound? The Celtic Reeds provide a rock solid tone from bottom to top on the scale.
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None of my Celtic reeds crow. The High-A was very clear.
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Hi Sean,

Yes, If you wanting a crow in the Hi A, then i would suggest that you try one the Broad Celtic Reeds.

Shawn got the standard reeds due to the strength he required.

Ballycoan pipe band ( G1 ) have always liked a crow in the Hi A and have just re-reeded the band all with Celtic broad reeds in their new ABW McCallum chanters.

Hope this helps,
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Hi Sean,

Yes, If you wanting a crow in the Hi A, then i would suggest that you try one the Broad Celtic Reeds.

Shawn got the standard reeds due to the strength he required.

Ballycoan pipe band ( G1 ) have always liked a crow in the Hi A and have just re-reeded the band all with Celtic broad reeds in their new ABW McCallum chanters.

Hope this helps,
Wow Steve you really keep all of your customers in mind. Keep it up!

P.S. Do you make a practice chanter reed? If you do what are they like?
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Am working on that one Joey.. lmao
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Steve,
I figured your could accomodate the request!


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I figured your could accomodate the request!


Only if really pushed Shawn.. lmao
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I'm on my own practice chanter reed quest. So far I havn't gotten the amazing sound I'm looking for. Just a decent sounding quiet scale.
I'm trying to find a place to buy mylar plastic. I've been using plastic cups.
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