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Plastic Reeds vs Wooden Reeds?

by Matt
(Canada)

Hi Bill,


Are the plastic synthetic reeds the best reeds to start out with?

I have a set of both and the wooden reeds are very hard to get going with my pipes so I was wondering if I should just stick to the plastic first to get started with.

I am still at the beginning stages of playing a full set.

Thank you!

Cheers

Matt

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Jul 19, 2010
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Plastic reeds etc.
by: Bill Robertson

Further, Matt, to my earlier comment, please see in Piping Articles about Tuning etc., that shows some on reed setting, but mainly how to commence playing the bagpipe when ready to play after having done the bsiac and haveing a good number of tunes memorised etc. The commencement takes you through the different stages recommended.
Regards,
Bill

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Plastic reeds v Wooden Reeds
by: Bill Robertson

You are deemed to be right in saying that you think synthetic drone reeds are better and easier for beginners on the bagpipes.

The proper setting of the bridles on both forms is vital to producing a smooth, steady, balanced sound in the drones. The cane drone reeds need a thermo-waxed douple hemped strand from which to make bridles placed in the optimum position on the reed. The half hitch type of loop is pulled to sufficient good tension and positioned by trial tests up or down the reed to find the desired spot with tenioning each time you shift the loop of course.

There might be something on drone reed setting in our site if you look well in the main page Piping Articles.

All the best,
Bill

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