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Chanter Air Leak?

by Bryan
(New York, NY USA)

I've been playing my new set of pipes for about 3 months and find that an unusual amount of air is passing thru the chanter read without engaging it.


And it also is taking more pressure to get the read to play. As a beginner, more air = less enjoyment, please help.

Thank you.

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Apr 19, 2017
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Leaking pipe chanter reeds NEW
by: Anonymous

I have just been going through some old reeds to see if any are salvageable and was surprised to find how many were leaking at the join between the blades.
Although not obvious to the eye,when I held the tips together and blew through the staple and moistened the thumb and finger of the other hand the
leak can easily be discovered.
Obviously unless all the air is passing through the tips the reed is inefficient and harder to blow.
A touch of nail varnish or similiar generally cures the problem.


Feb 05, 2011
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Chanter air leak
by: Bill Robertson

Rather late in responding to this, Barb.
However as you know already I sent details to Bryan that I take as the same source of the question. If not, please let me know at e mail bagpiper1@slingshot.co.nz
Regards,
Bill

Feb 05, 2011
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Having a problem with air passing through chanter reed
by: Barb

I am also having a problem with lots of air escaping through the chanter reed. Would it be possible for you to email me the pages you have on chanter reed manipulation? I would greatly appreciate the help as a new piper.
Thanks so much for this awesome website....lots of help so far.

Apr 28, 2010
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Chanter air leak
by: Bill Robertson

Hello Bryan,
I have sent directly to you by e mail attached pages on chanter reed manipulation etc., from my manuals that should help in detail with text and illustrations.
Trusting the pages help. As I have said in my a e mail, please come back to me if needing more clarification.
All the best,
Bill

Apr 28, 2010
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Close the reed
by: Santiago Soler

Probably the reed is too open:if you close it just a little,you'll need less pressure.In this case,the tone gets higher,so perhaps you should pull the reed off the chanter,another bit.New reeds are harder to play,with time get soft.Anyway,maybe Major Robertson may have more options.

Greetings from Mallorca:

Santi

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