This is the original Shepherd Bagpipe Chanter Reed R01 (Molded Design) - This Shepherd chanter reed was the catalyst that created RT Shepherd and Sons (Scotland) Ltd and today it remains the cornerstone of their business and the reed choice of champions.
Superior 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 is a unique reed produced and finished by a combination of dedicated craftsmen and advanced machinery techniques, providing greater efficiency, easy adjustment for weaker blowers and easy adjustment to raise the pitch.
Note: Reeds are sold as one each and not in packs of three
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Great reed and very steady.
Fundamentally, plug and play on three different chanters. Crisp. Tone is sharp, so easy to bring down. Fabrication in excellent, evidenced by the clean smooth edges (examined with microscope). I ordered both easy and easy-medium with expectations that there would be little difference. Not true. Clearly different. Additionally, the “easy” was not what I, as an old man, would call easy, requiring more effort than expected. Nevertheless, after about ten hours of playing, it’s comfortable. I suspect the “easy-medium” will require a token sanding for me. Bottom line: definitely recommend.
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