WATER TRAPS/Moisture Control Systems
If you have an unsteady drone sound, drones shutting down, having to constantly retune your drones, or a very wet and flat pipe chanter reed after playing for a short period of time, then you should install one of our moisture control systems.
Most of us play synthetic drone reeds and a cane pipe chanter reed. Once you tune a set of synthetic drone reeds they will pretty much stay tuned. The reason you have to keep re-tuning them is not that the drone reeds have gone out of tune but rather the pipe chanter reed has changed its pitch. The pipe chanter reed being made of cane will readily absorb and shed moisture. When you play your pipes the moisture from your breath condenses inside the bag and is soaked up by the chanter reed, thus changing the reed's pitch. You then have to readjust your drones to match the new chanter pitch. If you could have your pipe chanter take on just enough moisture to give you the ideal pitch and then have it stay there, you would not have to keep retuning the drones. That's what water trap/moisture control systems are all about.