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Preparing a new reed to play well

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Preparing a new reed to play well

Post by Art » Wed Dec 30, 2009 1:48 pm

Does anyone know of a description of how to fit a reed to a gaita?

When you buy a new reed, it's like buying dried beans. You have to know how to prepare the reed to work well in your gaita. All of the gaita constructors I've watched typically spend 10 minutes fitting a reed to a gaita. A large part of the process is scraping the blades to arrive at a comfortable blowing pressure. Another detail is also setting the reed in its seat at the right height by adding more thread.

I've seen some documents written in Spanish, but can't remember seeing anything in English. If needed, I could translate one from Spanish.

Do you know of any resources?

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Re: Preparing a new reed to play well

Post by anima » Wed Dec 30, 2009 11:10 pm

Do you have the English translation of "Os Segredos" ?

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Re: Preparing a new reed to play well

Post by Art » Thu Dec 31, 2009 3:37 am

I think I have the Galician (or is it in Spanish?) version. Does it describe fitting reeds? I'll have to check!

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Re: Preparing a new reed to play well

Post by anima » Sun May 09, 2010 9:47 pm

I picked up a copy of "Palleta Maldita" by Sito Carrecedo from tununtunumba.com

It is manual for adjusting Gaita reeds.

It's written in Galego, but still readable if you know Spanish (Castillian)

http://www.tununtunumba.com/busqueda/ar ... GG05nn3141

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Re: Preparing a new reed to play well

Post by LuifeSpain » Thu May 13, 2010 7:22 am

It´s not difficult to prepare a reed:

If you have good hear, and you play alone, try to tune the tonic, the fifth and the high-octave.

If you have electronic tuner, be sure to tune the same notes. If you have an high pitch, try to open the reed. If you have a low pitch, try to close the reed. If the higher notes had an high pitch, put the reed with more thread in the low part of the reed. If the higher notes are low, remove thread and put the reed into the chanter, or cut the upper part of the reed (only a little).

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