Chanter Reed Issues

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  • Back D Discussions

"E" Note Response (Chanter)

  • The way the E responds "lives" in the bark along the edges of the reed's scrape. (Koehler)

Octave "E" Note Under Bridle (Chanter)

  • The octave E (pitch) "lives" under the bridle and at the root of the scrape. (Koehler)

Octave "E" Note Flat (Chanter)

  • A flat octave E may indicate insufficient airspace inside just above the staple (could result if any, or too much, cane was carved away inside the roots to make room for the staple, or if the staple has walls that are too thin) or excessive bridle compression on the blades to keep the lip opening from being too great. (Daye)

"E" Note Behavior (Chanter)

  • All the way up the edges controls the behavior of the E but not the pitch. (Koehler)

Octave "E" Growling or Gurgling (Chanter)

  • A growling or gurgling octave E may indicate excess thickness along the outer sides of the scrape. (Daye)

Bright Tone (Chanter)

  • Harder cane gives a brighter tone. (Koehler)

  • The more polished the inside of a slip is, the brighter the tone. (Koehler)

Dull Tone (Chanter)

  • Thicker edges of slips gives a duller tone. (Koehler)

Need to Flatten (Chanter)

  • Opening the lips flattens the reed and it will need more air to play. (Koehler)

Need to Sharpen (Chanter)

  • Closing the lips sharpens the reed and it will need less air to play. It can cause you to lose the "hard" D and gain an autocran. (Koehler)

Back D Strength (Chanter)

  • The back D is shown to have more significant vibration towards the edge of the reed, thus the theory that leaving these regions strong is validated. (Murray)

  • Be careful not to shave the corners of the blade too thin as this will affect the top D and make the reed week. (Sky)


High "A" Vibration (Chanter)

  • High A is supposedly made to vibrate better by shaving the sides of the reed. The A's amplitude is maximized at the center of the reed. Scraping the sides would reduce the edges stiffness and allow the middle to vibrate more freely. (Murray)

Tuning Octaves (Chanter)

  • Pushing the reed in or pulling it out of the chanter affects the 1st octave most. So if the 2nd octave is sharp, seat the reed deeper into the chanter thereby sharpening the first octave. If 2nd octave is flat, seat the reed further out, etc. (This may make the chanter play in tune with itself, but is independent of adjusting the chanter to play with A at 440 - SP) (Sky)


Bridle Adjustment, Back "D" Note (Chanter)

  • When the reed is opened by squeezing the bridle edges, or by sliding the bridle toward the lips, the reed becomes tougher, flatter and the back D goes sharp. If you slide the bridle toward the binding or squeeze the flat, the reed becomes softer, sharper and the back D goes flat. (Sky)