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by Ted
Wed Aug 11, 2010 10:07 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Blackwood vs. Ebony (and other woods)
Replies: 26
Views: 10870

Re: Blackwood vs. Ebony (and other woods)

I agree that the largest somic difference between chanters is the design and reed. However, chanters by the same maker, same design and same reed, I can hear a not too subtle difference between timbers, Should be easy to set up and record such a test. Re: ebonite. This material and newer composites ...
by Ted
Tue Aug 10, 2010 11:39 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Blackwood vs. Ebony (and other woods)
Replies: 26
Views: 10870

Re: Blackwood vs. Ebony (and other woods)

I find AB to be prefered for its dimentional stability and resistance to moisture. It has quite bright overtones and is best used in flat pipes. I find it a bit shrill in concert sets, where a mellower tone is desired, such as can be had with ebony, rosewood and etc. David Quinn began his making set...
by Ted
Sat Jul 31, 2010 12:23 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Reed head shape
Replies: 22
Views: 7250

Re: Reed head shape

The only chanter reed I have seen attributed to the Taylors, had a reverse taper. I am curious if the set Mr. Bailey is presently restoring has original Taylor reeds in it. Maybe an old box with the set so labeled? Most Taylor sets I have seen had a lot of use and any reeds with them came from a bun...
by Ted
Fri Jul 23, 2010 7:20 pm
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: Reed & Bag; one or both the culprit?
Replies: 24
Views: 7530

Re: Reed & Bag; one or both the culprit?

Your first post said the set is "virtually airtight", I would emphasize "absolutely airtight" being what is needed. I have known more than one beginner who has stopped playing the pipes due injury caused by over practice and too hard of a reed. Kirk would be happy to make sure you chanter will work ...
by Ted
Sat Jul 17, 2010 12:56 pm
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: New Gouge
Replies: 6
Views: 2867

Re: New Gouge

In practice, there should be no problem with how the gouge cuts.
by Ted
Sat Jul 17, 2010 12:50 pm
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: An E regulator key?
Replies: 42
Views: 17101

Re: An E regulator key?

I had an old set with the E on the bottom of the baritone reg, however the key work was missing. I have also had sets with a separate E reg., which was mounted on the mainstock outside the tenor a la the Wm. Rowsome Bb set.
by Ted
Fri Jun 25, 2010 2:36 pm
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Lacing Tape
Replies: 26
Views: 10254

Re: Lacing Tape

I am with billh on this one. Shoe thread, which is single spun flax (referred to by GHB players as hemp), is traditional and probably best for wrapping tenons. It has become harder to source in the last few years. I think PTFE or teflon tape is an abomination and not good for joints as it slips too ...
by Ted
Wed Jun 16, 2010 3:29 pm
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Different pitch sets...
Replies: 12
Views: 3974

Re: Different pitch sets...

Joe McKenna made the Eb set he plays. He liked the sound of Patsy Touhey's recordings. Leo R. made some F chanters but they are quite shrill, as is Joe's set.
by Ted
Tue Jun 15, 2010 11:40 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Composite drone reeds
Replies: 36
Views: 13339

Re: Composite drone reeds

By "river reed" I am assuming you mean Phragmites Australius, often refered to as common cane. The stability will be slightly improved by weighting the tongue. Stability refers to tuning stability or the resistance to rising in pitch under increased pressure, not stability in tone, refering to tonal...
by Ted
Mon Jun 14, 2010 12:28 pm
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Composite drone reeds
Replies: 36
Views: 13339

Re: Composite drone reeds

The river reeds generally are too thin in the wall to make stable reeds. You can quiet down a drone by making a smaller diameter and slightly longer arundo reed for the drone.
by Ted
Mon Jun 14, 2010 11:54 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Composite drone reeds
Replies: 36
Views: 13339

Re: Composite drone reeds

Medir now sells cane for drone reeds. Mike Hulme and I also supply drone cane, as does NPU. I get $0.75 each for bass (6-7.5mm), $1.00 each for baritone sizes (5-6mm) and $1.50 each for tenor sizes (3.5-5mm), plus postage. More exacting diameters accomodated, for example 4-4.8mm for tenor. It is bes...
by Ted
Mon Jun 14, 2010 9:39 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Composite drone reeds
Replies: 36
Views: 13339

Re: Composite drone reeds

I use blackwaxed thread or silicone. The silicone is 1 mm wall thickness, 1mm bore fuel tubing for model airplanes. I slice off pieces and stetch them onto the reeds. I have put them on reeds from tenr UP drones to GHB bass drones. Being silicone they last for years. I prefer about a 1/16" wide brid...
by Ted
Sun Jun 13, 2010 3:40 pm
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Composite drone reeds
Replies: 36
Views: 13339

Re: Composite drone reeds

Just an elaboration on cane drone reed stability. I have found the most important thing in stability is the cane's quality. As I said before, it must be in the right degree of hardness. Generally, I like softer cane for double reeds and harder cane for drone reeds. I have found by cutting drone cane...
by Ted
Sat Jun 05, 2010 1:17 pm
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Copper sheet for Bridle
Replies: 8
Views: 3936

Re: Copper sheet for Bridle

I use .025" copper. I cut an 1/8" strip with tin snips. The strip comes off as a curl. I bend a short tab at one end at an angle to fit the edge of the reed. The tab should be a bit less than half the head width. The curl fits the back of the head and I mark where the other edge is to be bent on the...
by Ted
Sat Jun 05, 2010 10:11 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Composite drone reeds
Replies: 36
Views: 13339

Re: Composite drone reeds

Foremost is the quality of the cane which you are using. The wall thickness must be in a particular zone and should be hard but not brittle. You can do a shotgun approach and make a number of reeds and find the ones which perform best. Usually, but not always, one in several reeds will be in the zon...