Reed measurements

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Reed measurements

Post by teslapiper » Sat Nov 03, 2012 3:46 pm

Im trying to re reed my BC Childress set and was wondering if anyone has some good measurements for the chanter and regs?

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Re: Reed measurements

Post by tompipes » Fri Nov 09, 2012 6:12 pm

I don't have measurements for his reeds off hand but I'll take a guess.
Well it's an educated guess from knowing his chanter measurements. I'd say a 3/16 tube staple about 50mm long, maybe 49mm.
The cane slip should be 110mm long and made in the usual way. Or follow Dave Hegarty's steps here
The only difference is I would use a 60mm diameter sanding block and the reed head should be about 12.7 or 12.8 mm wide.

Or you could email Bruce himself.

Best of luck!


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Re: Reed measurements

Post by donpiper » Sun Dec 02, 2012 8:51 pm

Here are some measurements I took from a reed that came with a four keyed Childress D chanter I bought recently.
I believe this is a Bruce Childress reed as it looks a lot like photos I have seen on for sale adverts.
This reed plays with a flat high e that requires lifting the chanter to sweeten, and a sharp high b that
sounds best using B finger only open in the four keyed (Fnat, G#, Bb, & high c) chanter.

Childress D

overall length: 85mm

staple type: brass tubing 3/16"

staple ID: 5/32" (bottom)

staple length: 48mm

parallel length: 19mm

tapered length: 29mm

eye: ?

head type: parallel to scrape length

head width: 12mm

head length: 59mm

unbound length: 27mm

scrape length: 22mm

scrape type: narrow U

bridle type: wire 4 turns

bridle posn.: 21mm (bottom of scrape)

hope this helps,

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