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Published: December 31, 2008

William Donaldson reviews ‘Dance to the Piper: The Highland Bagpipe in Nova Scotia’ by Barry Shears

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Quality reed selection is a pre-requisite to obtaining a good tone in a pipe corps. Four criteria to consider when testing reeds are balance, vibrancy, volume and strength. Check the High A Low A balance against a single sounding tenor drone – if these two notes are in the ballpark chances are the rest of the notes can be tuned.
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