This post addresses several things: 1. Inveran chanter 2. Drone reeds in my 1950ish Henderson’s 3. Effect of easy chanter reed on my left ring/pinkie fingers and that mess.
1. I’ve got an easy reed in this Inveran chanter, very easy. My non-piping wife got a few seconds out of it with all drones going. The whole top hand is sharp relative to high A. I thought, dang. So, I tried a bunch of reeds; straight cut, ridge cut; dry, soaked in water: no change. The high G is half covered with tape. So, I don’t know. It’s a great sounding chanter despite all the tape, as it suffers no ill effect as far as I can tell, except that for some reeds, the amount of tape on high G can make finding the sweet spot difficult. Not so with this reed though. Note that the little chirps that occur on high G grace notes to/on low G are a result of the easy strength of the reed.
2. Redwood tenor and Colin Kyo bass drone reeds in my 1950ish Hendersons. I like! More stable than my previous setup.
3. Because this reed is so easy, I found I could relax more which helped with my E grace note problem, but as the set progresses the problem rears its little ugly head more and more. Bleh…
The kids were asleep so this was recorded not in the bedroom, as usual, but in our walk-in closet, hence the bigger chanter sound relative to the drones compared to the recordings directly below.