Bagpipe FAQ : GHB : Reeds :
How do I fix a double toning F?
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|I have been asked if due to my experience what I recommend to cure a good reed but it has double toning F or the tendency to do it.
First let me try to expain just what happens to the reed to cause this...;-
a) The reed cane is like a lot of water ducts and as soon as moisture starts to be applied the sound box swells opening the sound box, causing the F to double tone. This all depends upon the hardness or softness of the cane also whether its fully seasoned or not
b) Some chanters due to their internal geometry also tend to enhance this situation while others dont...my existing chanter the F tends to dip or go flater in this condition it doesnt tend to double tone...
a) Gently squeeze the sound box ...lightly blow by mouth to ensure the F is fine or no longer dopuble toning...then place a hemp bridle about 3/16 inch up from the hemp from the staple on the sound box.
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