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Post by PJ » Sun Jul 03, 2005 10:47 am

Well, it's taken almost all of my first batch of Arundo Donax but I've finally got a reed that plays in my chanter. The problem now is that the reed is flat - about 10 cents in the second octave and less in the first octave. I've untied the reed and pushed the staple further in (about 1/32") that improved the first octave but not the second octave. The reed is already sitting as low as possible in the chanter.

The staple is currently 2 1/8" (54 mm) long. I'm thinking of cutting a bit off the bottom of the staple - about 1/16". That'll bring my staple length to 2 1/16" (51mm) which is the length of the staple in the reed that Kevin Thompson originally put into my chanter.

Does this make sense?
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Post by snoogie » Sun Jul 03, 2005 2:10 pm

Yes, if the staple is too long then it makes sense to cut it off a bit...just be careful that you don't botch up the reed when you do it.

If you have the Haggarty manual, it talks about shortening the staple as well. -gary
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Post by PJ » Sun Jul 03, 2005 7:07 pm

Done and done. In the end, it's virtually impossible to cut 1/16" with a hacksaw so I just filed it down. Took about 10 minutes. The first octave is now more or less fine. Back D is sharp. The second octave is all slightly flat. No problems reaching B' and C'.

It certainly does encourage me to stick at it.
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Post by dropkick » Sun Jul 03, 2005 7:19 pm

If you haven't got it already, get Pat Sky's manual on fixing reed problems, it is sage advice and sound knowledge. Usually, to sharpen a flat second octave, you want to cut off about a spider's leg width from the lips of the reed... that ought to bring the second octave up.
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Post by PJ » Mon Jul 04, 2005 8:08 am

I've got Sky's manual. It's on permanent display in my workshop. I'll try trimming back the lips. I've done it with other reeds in the past.
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Post by the plod » Mon Jul 04, 2005 10:01 am

stop. I wouldn't do anything else to it for a while.

If only your back D is sharp, great. Tape or wax the hole then play it for a week or two, see if it changes on its own after it's played in.

Don't scrape or trim a reed to perfection until it's been played in.

I've ruined a few that way.

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