Highland Bagpipe Company had a promotion going on that if you spent more than 50 pounds you’d be entered to win a set of Marr bagpipes. Well, I didn’t win, but the friend I told about it did. But, I did end up with a set of Redwood drone reeds. Tim Gellaitry told me on the phone he thought they sounded nice in his pipes so I figured, why not? You’ll find the drones go out towards the end of each recording as my sessions are short so the only recordings I get are of things getting warmed up (except the last recording, of my tunes, where I’m about done warming up but had to stop to attend the kiddos). I find the tenor reeds to move with the chanter very well, the bass less so and therefore requiring more tuning, but they all settle in nice. They are very bold reeds. I get quite a nice lovely ring off the tenors, with maybe a bit of edge to them. This fiber glass thing has me wondering about Wygent’s and the reintroduction of Crozier’s versions. We’re having a spot of trouble getting them going in my friend’s Robertson’s (same guy who won the Marr pipes), the bass being a bit temperamental (it’s either off or growling), but hopefully we’ll get it sorted (though it’s a bit tough to beat Canning’s in Robertson’s!). I don’t find that the tuning pin (not screw, it just a pressure fitted o-ring) does just a whole lot, and the bridle is sensitive, but you’re not likely to find many bridles that aren’t. I got them set quickly though. Sorry for the gaffs!
Last but not least are some tunes I wrote, the first is the first I ever wrote with a name my dad came up with, the second named after my dad, and the last named after my wife. You can find sheet music here. Enjoy!
Oh yeah, old style Kron band chanter with Gilmour reed.