What the world’s best pipers are playing: a pipes|drums Survey
Bass Drone Reed
Henderson cane bass reeds were again most popular (six, 27%), while Ezeedrone and Henderson Harmonic each were listed by three (14%). A couple of players went with Rocket, and the rest that were named were each by one piper, including, under “Other,” Apps cane, Shepherd and one piper who made his/her own.
Tenor Drone Reeds
It’s clear that for tenor reeds the B-Grade pipers are emulating the Premier and A-Grade folks, and Ezeedrone again easily was tops here, with 13 (62%). Henderson cane was a distant second, with two (9%). Of the rest that were named, they each had one respondent, including under “Other” Apps cane and Shepherd.
Exactly half of B-Grade pipers who responded said that they played natural bags. Overall Begg sheepskin again came out on top with eight (36%), followed by Ross synthetic (18%) and Canmore (14%).
Every B-Grade piper, according to those who responded, said that they use some sort of moisture controlling device. Again, the Ross Canister system and the basic tube trap were equally divided as the top choice, with 10 pipers (45%) naming each one as their preferred slaver-saving system. Of the write-ins under “Other,” one piper named the Gannaway system, while another said he/she uses a Ross Canister system but with silica gel beads instead of the clay material.
A typical bagpipe played by a piper in the B-Grade competitions would comprise a Naill chanter with Naill drones. The chanter would have a Shepherd reed, and the drones would use a Henderson cane bass and Ezeedrone tenors. The bag would be a sheepskin Begg model, and because of that they would use a basic tube trap. If they opted for a synthetic bag, it would be a Ross with a Ross Canister system.