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 Post subject: Mouth blown small pipes
PostPosted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 9:50 pm 

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Anybody playing a set of mouth blown smallpipes with cane reeds? Got a couple questions


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 05, 2017 12:08 pm 
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Yes I play mouthblown SSPs but now I use all plastic reeds.

I've always played a plastic reed in the chanter, but I played cane in the drones until I found some plastic reeds that worked in them

It was an unusual situation: vintage "miniature Highland pipes or chamber pipes" (as they were called in the 19th century price-lists) that didn't come with any drone reeds. I tried a load of different reeds and ended up with uilleann reeds in the drones, which gave a great A=440 but of course had the instability that comes with cane reeds in mouthblown pipes.

Then I switched to EzeeDrone reeds, made for Concert Pitch (D) uilleann pipes, which like the cane reeds gave a perfect A=440 in the drones. (Reeds designed for "A" smallpipes gave a C or C#!)

Richard Cook
1978 Quinn uilleann pipes
1945 Starck Highland pipes
Goldie Low D whistle

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