Cigar box containing spare bagpipe reeds

< 1 of 1 > Back
Postcard of Cigar box containing spare bagpipe reeds.
© National Museums Scotland

Cigar box containing spare bagpipe reeds

Cigar box containing bagpipe practice chanter reeds and drone reeds. Bagpipe reeds have always been kept in a small box which the piper can fit into his bagpipe carrying case.

A strong type of cane, Arundo Donax, both farmed and naturally grown, is favoured for making reeds for bagpipes as well as for other musical wind instruments. The drone reed, a so-called 'single reed', uses the whole body of the cane. The same cane is also cut into thin blades to make into chanter reeds, the so-called 'double reed'.

The cane is cut into lengths, longer lengths and larger bodied cane supplying bass drone reeds, one end is blocked off at a natural division within the cane; the 'blade' is cut horizontally and this produces a 'tongue' which vibrates freely in the flow of air from the bag into the drones. The cane reed is 'seated' in the bottom end of the drone.

Record details

To search on related items, click any linked text below.

Online ID: 000-000-579-627-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0869: The Bagpipe Collection
Project description | View all records in project
Ref: National Museums Scotland  Cigar box.1
What: Cigar box containing bagpipe reeds
Description: Cigar box containing spare bagpipe reeds.
Related Records:
< 1 of 1 > Back
Powered by Scran