Mysterious Uilleann Reed Bridle
Greetings! Can someone enlighten me as to the science of bridle movement on the Uilleann chanter reed?
When I got my new reed the bridle was all the way down the reed, touching the hemp. Now, after 3 or so years of play, it sounds strangled and choked there (and sometimes doesn’t sound at all), and I’ve had to move the bridle up the reed to get a fuller sound.
However, I still miss a lot of notes in the higher register. Grrr . .
I guess my question is, What’s the science behind Uilleann chanter reed bridle movement (if any)? And, … does the humidity/temp dictate some particular bridle movement, up or down?
I would love to hear from more experienced Uilleann pipers (I’ve been at it about 5 years) on this.