When reading reed manuals the crow note of a chanter will often get just a passing mention - something like - 'you should aim for a crow note of G# for a concert pitch chanter'. But I think that the crow note deserves a little more consideration. For instance - the pitch of the crow note can be set to a particular length of staple. A longer staple could be matched to a higher crow note and a shorter staple to a lower crow note - to achieve not just the chanter playing pitch, but also different tonal qualities. Not all concert pitch chanters need sound loud and strident. So perhaps a crow note at A or even Bb combined with a longer, narrower staple may produce a chanter tone which might be considered more pleasing and balanced across both octaves.
This is just something I've been thinking about as I have recently returned to reedmaking - and I hope I will be able to make some progress along these lines.
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