BAGPIPE REED MAKING SPECIALISTS

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Instructions for use

Fitting your EzeePC Bagpipe Chanter Reed is largely explained in the accompanying video clip which we recommend you watch. Within the video it is explained how to deal with notes which are sharp and refers the viewer to this text for guidance in dealing with notes which are flat.

It is not uncommon, when blowing a new reed, to identify a note or notes which are initially flat (for example the note C or D). In many cases this will correct itself as the reed is blown and as it slowly absorbs moisture from the breath. A gentle squeeze of the reed at the sound box, just above the binding, may also help to sharpen these notes in the first instance.

It is also possible to raise the pitch of these notes by lowering the reed in the chanter. However it should be remembered that doing so may sharpen other notes of the chanter which will then require the application of tape in order to produce a true scale.

A note which is persistently flat may be dealt with in two ways:

  • Using the defective note as a datum, tape all other notes of the chanter to flatten them thus correcting the note intervals.
  • As a last resort, and only if the problem persists using many reeds, have a bagpipe-maker or specialist undercut or raise the position of the hole in question.

Maintenance

As with drone reeds, your EzeePC pipe chanter reed should be inspected regularly. You should frequently check that it is fitted securely and that it is not loose in the chanter seat. Ensure that no foreign body, such as a bead of seasoning or a particle of drying crystal, has fallen between the blades or between the reed and the stock wall. A little moisture is necessary to obtain optimum performance from your EzeePC pipe chanter reed; however you should monitor it regularly to ensure that it does not become excessively wet.