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Drone Reeds

by Joe K.
(Massachusetts USA)

Of all the makes and models of synthetic drone reeds, do you have a favorite? Which ones are best suited to today's high pitched chanters?

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Aug 22, 2010
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Drone Reeds
by: Bill Robertson

Hello Joe,
Pleased to see tyou wearing the kilt well at a good level/height. So many people wearing the kilt including many pipers and even top pipe bands wear the kilt far too low - hardly showing any knee.

Of the synthetic reeds I have Easydrone reeds that I find easy to set and sound very close to good cane reeds, although normally I would use a good resonant bass cane reed with the two tenors for better harmonics most likely. I do not play my pipes much, hence the convenience of synthetic. Cane is what I would have as I used to have if playing more often. Of course cane needs proper looking after with good firm bridles, and optimum setting much as synthetic do too. I have experienced a few other synthetic drone reeds that have been good too, but in other pipers' pipes. The hybrid reeds are good too with the coated cane tongue. If wanting to test some other makes, all I can suggest is to ask some other pipers when you meet them to test and try their reeds in your pipes and make comparison of the sound against your reeds to find out if worth pursuing.

I trust that helps - All the best,
Bill

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