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Balance Tone Drone Reeds New Style U S A  (In Stock)

Balance Tone Drone Reeds New Style U S A (In Stock)

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Highland Reeds Balance Tone U S A Drone Reeds

These unique drone reeds come ready to play.  However depending on the drone characteristics and the actual blowing strength of your pipe, small adjustments may be required to obtain the optimum sound from your drones.

Reed Seat

There has never been a standard diameter for bagpipe reed seats; therefore you may have to apply hemp on the reed seat to ensure you have a firm, secure fit.  If not, this will give an unsteady tonal quality and the reed could stop. Before applying hemp, take the  reed seat apart from the  reed body  by sliding it off.  Fit the  reed seat by itself by pulling waxed hemp through the small groove/slit in the shoulder, then wrapping it around the reed seat (the groove will hold the end of the hemp in place). Leave a small gap/space at the end so when you squeeze it into the drone, the hemp does not come off the end. The reed seat  properly fitted should be screwed all the way into the drone until the shoulder is firmly fitted against the botttom of the drone. The reed body can now be refitted by sliding it back onto the fitted reed seat . Care should be taken not to bump/move the reed when fitting it into the pipe.

 Reed Adjustment

The reeds come with the bridles set to suit a medium strength pipe. Balance Tone Reeds can be adjusted to optimize sound quality and to suit your blowing strength. Mniscule adjustments to the positiion of the bridle have a significant effect on the strength of the reed and tonal quality.  If you blow a strong pipe the reed may stop.  If this happens, adjust the bridle upwards (lengthen the tongue).  Conversely, if you blow a light pipe, the reed may be too strong, so shorten the length of the tongue by moving the bridle downward.  There are two small raised lines on the side of the reed body (above the aperture in the image).  It is recommended that the bridle stays between these lines for optimal functionality.  Once the bridles are adjusted, the next step is to get the drone tops tuning just above the bottom of the hemp on the tuning pins.  Lengthening the reed will lower the tuning position of the drone top on the tuning pin, and shortening the reed will raise the drone top on the tuning pin.  The recommended position on the bottom tuning pin of the bass drone should be shorter (between 30 and 40 mm in length).  Adjusting the length (lengthening/shortening) is done by moving the position of the reed body on the reed seat

Finally, the volume can also be adjusted by rotating the blue plug to reduce the reed aperture, making the drone quieter.  It is recommended however, that the aperture be left fully open, as this usually produces the optimal tonal quality. 

For full instructions and video support, visit www.highlandreeds.com  

Question:  Gerry, I followed all the steps in setting up the Drone Reeds and I can play up and down the scale no problem, but when I play a tune the drones stop; should I open up the drone reed bridles some more?

Answer:  No!  Don't touch those bridles; you are suffering from unsteady blowingor the clinical term "operator malfunction", now you must lean to blow steady or as it's called in piping blowing tone.


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