The Reedmakers

Published: April 30, 2007

Part 2: How to extend the life of a chanter reed. One of the world’s leading reedmakers, James P. Troy, reveals his reed longevity tips

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The Reedmakers

Published: February 28, 2007

Part 1: Choosing a great chanter reed. Colin MacLellan begins a multi-part pipes|drums How-To Series on Highland bagpipe reeds, featuring the world’s most knowledgeable cane-craftsmen

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TIP OF THE DAY
Pipers: Always ask yourself, Where has the reed been? Remember that all makes of pipe chanter reeds need a bit of moisture. To put some into it without a lick or a sook try the “heavy breath,” like when you want to “fog up” a window or your eyeglasses.
Donald MacPhee, reedmaker, Alexandria, Scotland

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