James Fleetwood wrote:
> > You put a set of Omega reeds in
>>them for $75.00 and with a little adjusting of the reeds you have a set of
>>pipes good enough for competition.
> The jury is still out on this end, about Omega drone reeds. I
>really like the Ross bass reed. But, to my ear, the tenors are just
>too loud. Even adjusted to their mellowest setting and played through
>Rosewood drone Pipes.
OK, the jury is returning... I really hadn't tried my Omega tenor
reeds since I started playing a cane reed in my Blackwood Chanter.
Since this topic came up, I did some more experimenting...
With gentle pressure, Omega tenor reeds are loud, harsh and
unstable. With a bit more pressure, they mellow out and stabilize. I
was trying them before, while using a Clanrye soft reed in a Rosewood
Giving the Omegas enough pressure was difficult for me at the
time, and also pushed the Clanrye easy to the verge of over-blowing.
Ross Omega drone reeds + Clanrye easy Chanter reed = Bad combination.
My Soutar reed is a harder blow, and I have the strength now, to
mellow out the Omegas... Pretty nice sounding!
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