Piping accessory a guide to preventing chipped reeds
by Pipes Drums
From synthetic drone reeds, to pipe bags, to moisture control devices and digital chanters, Australians have provided piping with a seemingly endless supply of accessories and instruments designed to make piping more reliable, easier, or just plain more fun.
The Chanter Mate was developed a few years ago as a simple tool intended to prevent chipping pipe chanter reeds when removing or replacing the chanter in the stock. Designed by Colin Horton, a piper in Brisbane who’s also the Director of ACE Product Design, the device is aimed especially at younger pipers not yet practiced at the delicate manoeuvre, as well as older pipers with a decline in dexterity and vision. Still little known to the piping world, Horton’s relaunching the product.