What gauge copper wire for bridles?

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What gauge copper wire for bridles?

Postby bob Salter » Sun Sep 16, 2012 4:11 pm

What gauge wire should I be using for reed bridles?

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Re: What gauge copper wire for bridles?

Postby Barry Say » Sun Sep 16, 2012 5:03 pm

I use 25 thou diameter obtained from old electric cable. I think the optimum size depends on the hardness of the copper.

Copper in wire form can be made more flexible than in former times.

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Re: What gauge copper wire for bridles?

Postby bob Salter » Sun Sep 16, 2012 6:10 pm

Thanks I was stuck for a bit there but I found some florists wire and it will do for now.

What would cause a bad squeak in bottom g(F) only. its quite a nice reed otherwise.

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Re: What gauge copper wire for bridles?

Postby Barry Say » Mon Sep 17, 2012 12:40 pm

What would cause a bad squeak in bottom g(F) only. its quite a nice reed otherwise.


As a rule, leaks cause squeaks. The leaks can be in pads, reed or fingers and they all add up. A hard reed is more susceptible than a soft one, but softening the reed doesn't cure the problem it just makes it hide and you end up with an inferior tone.

How many keys?

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Re: What gauge copper wire for bridles?

Postby bob Salter » Tue Sep 18, 2012 7:31 pm

Its that dave burleigh 7 key chanter you saw when I was down. The reed that was in it gave up so Ive made some new ones.

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Re: What gauge copper wire for bridles?

Postby andymay » Wed Sep 19, 2012 9:51 am

Hi Bob,

I'd suggest checking the edges in the top half of the reed. If they are too thick the reed will squeak and be a bit hard to blow probably.

My own preference is that in the upper half of the cane the edges are not really thicker than the middle, although in the lower half toward the bridle i generally go for a nice big U shape.

Hope that helps

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