4 Steps to Getting Your Drone Reeds at “Point Zero”
“Point zero” is exactly what it implies. It is “zeroing” out your reeds. It is setting the strength of your drone reeds at their starting point before you begin making further adjustments for pitch and chanter reed strength. It is the starting point for your personal tolerances.
- Take out your drones from the stocks and blow each reed individually.
- Keep blowing until you are blowing hard enough to shut it off. (If you are blowing as hard as you can, and the reed is still playing, or just shuts off, then it is taking too much air. Conversely, if it shuts off before you are blowing your hardest, it is not taking enough.)
- Move the bridles down (or up) on the reed(s) as needed and gradually increase blowing until you are just starting to exert a stiff blowing effort when they shut off.
- Do the same for the other two reeds making sure the effort you are blowing to shut them off is as equal as you can get it for all three reeds.