My chanter reeds are a hybrid design, with a moderate sound box blending into the tips of the reed. They are a vibrant, general-purpose reed, available in any strength, and will pitch between the middle 470s to the middle 480s, depending on the chanter and conditions.

Their manufacture focusses on producing an eliptical mouth, which helps to ensure each reed is responsive and bright.

I am happy to tailor reeds to suit the individual, in particular for older players and those needing easier reeds.

Generally, there is 1 week wait before reeds are shipped after the order is placed. Possibly a little longer for large orders.

While payment is due within 2 weeks of them being received, I allow a 30 day return period if the reeds are not suitable for your needs. Simply post them back and I will refund your payment and cover your postage costs.

PRICE: AUD $15.00 each, with no minimum order.

AUTRALIA SHIPPING: AUD $4.00 for any quantity.

WORLWIDE SHIPPING: AUD $10.00 for any quantity.

Payment is welcome by Cash, Cheque, Bank Transfer or Paypal.

Alternatively, you may wish to purchase through eBay

  • During transit, the reeds may dry out and be hard to play when first tested. Holding the reed in the mouth, breathe through it for 30 seconds to a minute. This will soften the fibres and give a more accurate idea of the reed's strength.
  • If the reed is still too hard, open and close the reed's "mouth" a number of times by lightly squeezing the middle and top area. This will not have a significant affect on pitch, but will help to further ease off the reed.
  • If the reed is too hard and too flat, particularly C or F, a moderate squeeze at the sound box will assist.
  • If the reed is too hard and has a sharp High G or a thin sound, try lightly thinning the blades in the middle area, more to the sides than the centre.
  • If the reed is too easy and flat, cut .5mm of cane from the tips of the blades.
  • If the reed is too easy and sharp, try opening the reed's mouth with a mandrel.
  • If the chanter's scale has a sharp top hand, lift the reed until balanced.
  • If the chanter's scale has a flat top hand, sink the reed until balanced.
  • Care for the reed by avoiding it becoming too wet or too dry. Between playing sessions, remove the chanter and protect the reed with a chanter cap.

Ross Bates
0427 181 164 or 0411 168 146

ABN: 24 591 526 576

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