R. T. Shepherd Pipe Chanter ReedA great sounding reed with lots of volume and balance (for those looking for a top sound).
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The Shepherd chanter reed was the catalyst that created RT Shepherd and Sons.
Their production methods and strict quality control at each stage of manufacture (10 stages in total) ensure that the length of the Shepherd reed remains constant in relation to its other variables. The end result - a unique reed produced and finished by a combination of dedicated craftsmen and advanced machinery techniques and providing greater efficiency, easy adjustment for weaker blowers and easy adjustment to raise pitch.
This consistency makes it easier to manipulate the reed for the required strength and still maintained its desired consistency of pitch and vibrancy.
The characteristic of the pipe reed as well as being dependant on the rigidity of the cane being used also depends on the control of the following ratios in the construction and design
- Length / Curvature
- Thickness / Length
- Staple production consistency
All Shepherd reeds and instruments are designed to deliver a pitch combination of 472Hz - 475Hz and above depending on climatic conditions.
Surefire Synthetic Pipe Reed
The Easy reeds are the perfect reed for the beginner, child or ageing piper. They have a nice tone and will give results that will last and last when compared to cane reeds.
The Medium/Easy are the best selling of the Surefire reeds. They have a good volume and will last much longer than the conventional reeds. Quite often people will assume you are blowing a much harder reed.
The Medium reeds have good volume and tone and are best suited to the more experienced player. Extra strength will ensure some extra volume (but at a cost).
*Warning* The Strong reeds are very challenging and are only suitable for a very experienced player. It is packed with volume and tone and not for the faint hearted!
Made in Scotland, "Practice Pipes" are a complete set of pipes that retail at a fraction of the price of conventional bagpipes, however maintaining a high quality of sound.
The set includes the Bag, Drones, Blowstick, Long Deluxe Chanter, Bag Cover, Chanter Reed, Drone Reeds and Carry Bag. Perfect for long practice sessions in the house even at night. The set includes two brass drones (one bass drone, one tenor drone). As a smaller quieter set it requires less "puff" to play, thus it has proved to be very popular with younger / beginner players. This set is preferred by pipers due to the hole spacings and comes with a long practice chanter pitched around Bflat (Bb).
Scottish Smallpipes Mouthblown
These smallpipes come with two drones and are in the key of 'A'. They feature a breathable synthetic bag, bag cover and carry case. They have a lovely rich tone and have enough volume for most folk sessions.
Delrin Synthetic Highland Bagpipes
This Highland Bagpipe, made by Bagpipes Galore, is made of Delrin and is the most popular as a starter set. It is also widely used to travel around with as they are much stronger than African Blackwood. The set has a synthetic bag and comes with the chanter. They come ready to play out of the box-fully reeded and tested.
Steady Drone Synthetic Drone Reeds
This is a great sounding set of Scottish Drone reeds coming complete with three drone stabilisers (that fit into the bottom of the drone stocks).