Gibson Practice Chanter Reed (In Stock)
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Gibson Practice Chanter Reeds - Each reed is hand sanded to bring it into tune
during the construction of the reed. The length of each reed may be different as it will either need to be clipped or sand it to bring it into tune before it goes out.
Gibson blades are a great match for any Gibson practice chanters. Many people enjoy the enhanced volume created by the reed's design. The Gibson practice chanter reed has an extra wide blade that provides a little flatter pitch and also accepts higher air pressure. Another advantage to Gibson reeds is that they can be gently sanded to adjust strength & pitch.
What should you look for in a good practice chanter reed?
Make sure the blades on the reed you are purchasing are evenly bound together
with no overlaping, both blades on the reed should be symetrical.
If you are a beginner select a reed that is easy to blow, this will allow you to concentrate on your fingering rather that your blowing.
An elastic band can be used to weaken a strong reed, carefully wrap it around
the blades of the reed the further up you place the elastic band the easier the
reed becomes, this will also sharpen the pitch so you may have to add hemp to
the reed .
How do you adjusting the pitch of a practice chanter reed?
As mentioned above you can place an elastic band on the blades. Another way
of sharpining the pitch is to remove some hemp from the reed and set it lower in
the practice chanter reed seat, if the reed is too sharp add some hemp to the
reed and raise it up in the reed seat.
How to take care of the practice chanter reed
When dismanteling the practice chanter the lower half of the practice chanter
is held just above the High A hole and the lower half is gripped above the
ferrule, carefully twist the sections in opposite directions and draw the
sections apart, go slowley so as not to scrape or damage the practice reed.
To dry the reed hold it by the staple and blow into the staple end in order
to blow the moisture out then carefully dry the blades with a clean tissue.
Learn by doing!
Practice Chanter Reeds.
To change the strength and pitch of the practice chanter reed:
1. Practice reed with reed elastics. Wrap the reed elastic once or twice around the practice reed.
2. The higher up the reed elastic is placed the easier the reed is to play and the sharper the pitch.
3. The lower down the reed elastic is placed the stronger the reed is to play and the flatter the pitch.
Once you have the reed at a comfortable strength you may have to raise or lower the reed in the reed seat by adding or subtracting hemp in order to achieve the correct pitch.