1. Practice chanter reeds. Sometimes we just have to settle for playing the practice chanter. The Naill pc I won the other day came from the COP with a Caberfeidh pc reed. It is red and it sounds nice. It has a smoother tone than your average Walsh reed and while only slightly harder to blow, doesn’t come anywhere near what pressure is required for your average Gibson/Abbott reed. It is also flatter than the Walsh pc reed by a bit. Here’s a recording of the Naill pc Caberfeidh reed first, followed by a new longer bladed Walsh reed, and finally an older, well broken in Walsh reed that has smaller blades than the new variety.
2. Do not use variable bit rate MP3 recording mode on your Zoom H2. It will sound bad. MP3 320 kbps for me now! Case in point:
3. I know a couple of people working on various electronic bagpipe projects so here is a recording of drones and chanter separate. I played a bit, got them all in tune, then plugged the chanter with that Kinnaird plug thingie and played the drones and then popped off the drones and played the chanter, all without stopping. Take samples toward the end of each note on the chanter because I took a breath at each switch and I’m not the steadiest blower, except for E as it’s a tiny bit flat, take the front end of that note (my bad). It’s a big file and unedited, have fun!
In case you’re wondering, they’re my Gellaitry’s with Colin Kyo chanter.