- CLEARTONE - Plastic Drone Reeds -

- Setup Adjustment and Piping Tips -



    ...List of Contents......

  1. Foam Insert helps Strike in


  2. Balance and Stability Test


  3. Adjusting 1YP and 2YP Reeds


  4. What to aim for....


  5. Tuners - Bagpipe Tuning


  6. Frequently asked Questions


  7. Adjusting the Reed (1Y and 2Y)


  8. Adjusting the Reed (Reeds with moveable plug) (pdf)


  9. Corrective Measures etc ....



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Adjusting the Reed









    ...Tip 2...Balance and Stability Test

  • Simple Test...........
  • Simple test for stability of pitch of the drones.......
  • Put a cork or stopper in the chanter stock and blow drones only.
  • Tune the 2 tenor drones to unison when blowing easy.
  • Increase blowing pressure and if the tuning drifts, adjust one drone to bring both back to unison.
  • If the drone needed to be tuned out (lengthened) then.......
  • ...The bridle on the reed in that drone needs to be moved down a little (towards the free end of the tongue).
  • ......and vice-versa......
  • If the drone needed to be tuned in (shortened) then.......
  • ...The bridle on the reed in the other drone needs to be moved down a little (towards the free end of the tongue).
  • Only adjust in small steps until the drones are able to stay tuned in unison for small variations in blowing pressure.
  • Also check that each drone is taking the same amount of air and has similar tone and volume.
  • Also check that both drones stop at the same point when the blowing pressure is increased slightly above normal.
  • Test the bass drone by a similar action.


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    ...Tip 3...Adjusting 1YP and 2YP Reeds

  • Adjusting 1YP and 2YP Reeds.......
  • Adjust the bridle as per instruction leaflet "Adjusting the Reed" to get drones to correct pitch and tuning on the hemp...
  • Adjust for balance and stability of pitch as in Tip 2 above...
  • Adjust the moveable plug inward to "brighten the tone, this will also raise the pitch"....
  • Adjust the moveable plug outward to "mellow the tone, this will also lower the pitch"....
  • The plug will move with a gentle push in either direction and will stay in position without any fixing ....
  • A short plastic stick "a pusher" is provided with each 1YP and 2YP set, for moving the plug ....


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    ...Tip 4...What to aim for.....

  • When finished adjusting....your drones should be tuning on the hemp....
  • Both tenor drones should sound the same ... tone and volume ...
  • Cleartone Reeds are very air efficient and the Pipe Bag should feel solid under your arm ...
  • Both tenor reeds should look the same ... bridles same position and plug position same ...
  • Drones should stay tuned in unison for slight variation in blowing pressure ...
  • If not .... Investigate .... Remember the adjustments interact with one another ....


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    ...Tip 5...Corrective Measures etc.....

  • If the tongue has been "sprung" too much open making the reed not blow over into full tone OR "double tone" ...
  • corrective measures can be taken to straighten the tongue and make it workable again ...


  • This is not really recommended as it is better to try and not "over spring" in the first place ...


  • Option 1 .... Move the bridle down over the open tongue and hold the tongue closed for a few days and then try playing the reed again ...
  • Holding the tongue closed will tend to straighten the tongue naturally itself


  • Option 2 .... If the tongue has been badly "kinked" and Option 1 does not cure it then it is necessary to manually straighten it ...
  • Move the bridle up towards the fixed bridle to expose the "kink" ...
  • Place a "pin" or straightened "paperclip" under the "kink" between the tongue and the reed body ...
  • Press gently on the tongue at the "kink" until the "kink" is removed ...
  • Remove the pin and re-adjust the bridle position and try the reed again ...
  • Hopefully it will be OK and play satisfactorily
  • Be careful to not damage the surface of the tongue or the surface of the body of the reed ...


  • Option 3 ... Contact Cleartone for replacement tongue ....


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