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what key should the tenor drones and bass drone by tuned to?

by dave keanie
(Cwmcarn South Wales)

I have bought a set of new drones for my pipes is it ok to tune the drones to a certain key before fitting them.

thanks

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Jan 29, 2014
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what key should the tenor drones and bass drone by tuned to? NEW
by: Bill Robertson

Hello Dave,
basically you need to set the drone reeds by testing in each drone, mouth blown to determine that the sound is reasonably smooth and steady by not fluctuating hardly at all when blown a little less and a little more air pressure to determine steadiness of the percieved pitch. If too rough and not steady, or if stopping the directions with the reeds should mention how to adjust the bridle on the tongue of the drone reed to evnetually have the desired steadiness. When all set, normally one would strike up the pipes (well maintained - tight bag, clean stocks etc.) and tune to the keynote low A, either one at a time fairly quickly, or the tenors then with them going intoduce the bass and tune to these drones and the same low A in effect.
I trust that helps. Any rpoblem with the reeds contact your supplier or maker.
Regards, Bill

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