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chanter reed very hard to get sound.

by Dupree
(Baltimore MD)

can moistening the chanter reed make it not so darn difficult to get sound from it?

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Mar 23, 2015
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by: Bill Robertson

Hello Dupree,
Yes slight moistening as below earlier answer can ease the reed slightly. The squeezing as mentioned might help each time until played in. Some abrading of the blades of the reed can also help ease the reed, but alittle at a time. My advice in seeking/ordering a reed or two is to metion that you need a certain strength to suit you - perhaps not too strong to blow for a beginnr, or what ever.
Also to have the supplier test the reed for suitability for you. Return any reeds that are far too hard and seek suitable replacement/s.
All the best,

Bill

May 22, 2013
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chanter reed very hard to get sound
by: Bill Robertson

Hello Dupree,
Slight moistening will only help very little in weaking and freeing the reed. However, it appears that within reason that the reed might be far too strong for you and even established pipers. It might be that the reed/s was not tested before shipment or shop purchase, as happens sometimes.
You can try for now to pinch the reen about the loer middle of the cane bladaes with some reasonabl pressure then blow through to test. If the reed sounds and vibrates freely you migh get away with doing that each time to play in. However, I feel that the reed might be far tto strong to manipulate further, and that you should returnd the reed/s for a replacement that is better suited to you i.e. a beginners reassonable easy yet good sounding in the chanter reed, or a medium strength. Ask also to have the reeds tested for your requested strength before shippment, or at the shop. If dissatisfied ask for a refund. I suggest that you look in the internet for good reed makers and deal with on of them directly. Mention the make, year, and model of your chanter too to help the maker to have th reed suitable.
I trust this helps.
Regards,

Bill

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