This full set of cane drone reeds is made by Rory Grossart, from MG reeds.
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Posted by Max S on 11th Mar 2022
I got these first as a bass then the 2 tenors, and they are all played in now. The tonal quality cannot be beaten. The setup info on the MG reeds website is very helpful for setting up and adjusting the pitch. I highly recomend these reeds for those who want great sounding drones.
Posted by Margrit Jolly on 7th Nov 2021
I have purchased the reeds for future use; therefore, I cannot comment any further.
So far, I have no complaints.
Your rating section requires a: "Don't know" or NA - the #1 is incorrect!
M.Jolly (John's reply: We hope you like them when you try them!). Sorry we don't have a star system for future reviews).
Sound nice, but is very hard to work with.
Posted by Izaäk on 7th Feb 2017
It took a bit of tinkering to get these reeds to fire off, I had to insert a paper clip into the bass drone reed. The two tenors I have are of slightly different sizes, which causes one to pitch much lower than the other, so the top of the tenor drone is almost fully-against the projecting mount when using these. Getting them to vibrate was a bit of a challenge, and I did try all of the recommended ways in the included pamphlet. I did get them to fire, but unfortunately, they use so much air that I cannot play comfortably, even with the bridle I had fashioned for them. Being that these are all-cane, they're tone is constantly changing, meaning that you'll have to tune and re-tune many times. I suppose that this would be a great reed if you wanted your bagpipe to be all-traditional like I try to do with my own. However there is a reason why many half and fully synthetic reeds try to mimic the wonderful sound of cane, but without the inherent headache that comes with working with them.
I would not recommend these to beginners, maybe to novices, but i'd sooner say that this is something better left to the piper that has been playing for many years.
All-in-all, a great-sounding reed, but very hard to work with. I knew of the risk that would be involved with these reeds, and if you're wanting to give them a try for yourself, remember that they're hard to work with, but they do sound very nice when in-tune and set up properly.