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by Ted
Sat Jun 05, 2010 9:34 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Composite drone reeds
Replies: 36
Views: 13339

Re: Composite drone reeds

In an attempt at humor, I overstated my case for cane. Of course, tupperware reeds do not sound terrible. It's more like American cheeze vs. a nice stilson. If you are satisfied with bland tone, go for 'em. Properly set up, cane can be quite stable. You may go through a few to get that stability, bu...
by Ted
Fri Jun 04, 2010 10:19 pm
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Medir and Sampson cane
Replies: 36
Views: 13289

Re: Medir and Sampson cane

Hard cane yields bright sounding reeds while soft cane yields a darker more mellow tone. Benedict likes a softer cane and that is what I try to supply to him. Softer cane requires less scrape than hard cane and can be left thicker in the lips as well. A few reedmakers want a brighter tone and I try ...
by Ted
Thu Jun 03, 2010 6:08 pm
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Medir and Sampson cane
Replies: 36
Views: 13289

Re: Medir and Sampson cane

I supply Benedict with most of his Calif. cane. The"gold" is cane from one source that is no longer available. Calif. cane comes in a wide variety of hardness/softness, depending on the source. I am highly selective concerning sources. My cane is still $2.00 US per tube and drone cane is also availa...
by Ted
Thu Jun 03, 2010 5:48 pm
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Composite drone reeds
Replies: 36
Views: 13339

Re: Composite drone reeds

I use nothing but cane for drone (or chanter) reeds. Properly set up, they take little air, are very stable and sound JUST LIKE CANE. The price for EZEE UP drones is three times the cost of cane reeds and I think they sound terrible compared to cane. Composites are as difficult to set up as cane, mo...
by Ted
Thu Jun 03, 2010 5:26 pm
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: North American Hardwoods
Replies: 32
Views: 16244

Re: North American Hardwoods

Gilmer woods in Portland, OR, used to stock it. It was brought to them in logs, which they air dried and sold by the log. Their supplier died and they have no more. Of the two species I have seen, the timber from east of the Sierras is the largest with some of it capable of being quarter sawn and st...
by Ted
Wed Jun 02, 2010 5:30 pm
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Copper sheet for Bridle
Replies: 8
Views: 3936

Re: Copper sheet for Bridle

I use 0.025" copper for bridles. I do not anneal it. I cut 1/8" wide strips with tin snips and trim to length. As the strip is cut it comes off in a curl which I use to fit to the reed's curvature. I don't personally care for the thinner bridles. YMMV
by Ted
Wed Jun 02, 2010 5:06 pm
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: North American Hardwoods
Replies: 32
Views: 16244

Re: North American Hardwoods

I have seen a number of flutes and a few UP chanters made of mountain mahogany. It is more dense than boxwood and makes lovely instruments. Turners tell me it can take the finest detail and polishes to a glass-like finish. I have been trying to get ahold of quantities for years. It can be found in a...
by Ted
Fri Mar 19, 2010 1:52 pm
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Reed Seats: Yea or Nea
Replies: 11
Views: 4731

Re: Reed Seats: Yea or Nea

The problem of reeds, particularly drone reeds working their way out of the tapered sockets during transport can be cured by using Thermowax or cobbler's wax on the wrapping at the base of the reed. This wax has fallen into disuse by many new pipers, as it has been hard to find. Same with flax shoe ...
by Ted
Fri Mar 19, 2010 1:40 pm
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: formula for cobbler's wax
Replies: 14
Views: 6447

Re: formula for cobbler's wax

There is a thread on the c&f UP forum "tuning the thumb hole with cork" with a lot of info. and sources about cobbler's wax and Thermowax, which I won't copy onto here.
by Ted
Fri Mar 19, 2010 1:23 pm
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Cane drone reed help
Replies: 9
Views: 3474

Re: Cane drone reed help

I'm with billh on this one. I make the end cut and then cut each side with the razor blade. I never got the nack of the other method. I get 80%+ success rate.
by Ted
Wed Apr 06, 2005 3:06 pm
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: Wooff C set comming up FS
Replies: 1
Views: 2533

Wooff C set comming up FS

A friend will soon be offering a C Wooff full set soon. He does not want the hassle of selling it himself so has asked if I would do it for him. He will soon be getting a new Wooff B set, so this set will be available when it arrives. I do not have pictures yet, but it is ebony, nickle silver and ar...