How to prevent the dreaded Flat or double-toning F?
by Jim Jack
Hi Bill, first of all many thanks for a really helpful, informative website.
My pipes are set up so they come into tune after a 5 min warm up and sound fine for ages afterwards. My troubles, though, begin when I've to take a break in playing (seems to happen usually in cold conditions) and then resume - the rest of the notes seem okay but the F has gone badly flat.
Any ideas - do I need to change my reed or maybe look at using a water trap if moisture's the culprit?
Hope you can help, and best wishes.