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9.3) What are plastic reeds, and how are they used? (Bagpipe)




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This article is from the Bagpipe FAQ, by Denise McNickle denisem@southwind.net with numerous contributions by others.

9.3) What are plastic reeds, and how are they used? (Bagpipe)

The most common use of plastic reeds occurs with the GHB practice chanter.
Some people estimate that 90-95% of the practice chanters played today use
plastic reeds.

Another widespread use of plastic is in drone reeds for the Highland pipe.
Ross and Champion plastic drone reeds feature a plastic body and a cane
tongue. Shepherd plastic drone reeds use a plastic tongue. The tongue is
usually held in place with a rubber wrap at the bottom, and a rubber band is
used as a bridle. The cane tongue is varnished, supposedly to protect against
moisture.

Some players of bellows-blown pipes sometimes use plastic-bladed
chanter reeds (often made from yogurt containers).

 

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