Customer Comments

Hi Chris,

You made three straight cut reeds for me last month specified for pressures 22, 24 and 26.  Love them.

I just sent you an order of two more reeds!



As always, thank you so very much for your invaluable service; Chris is now the only person I dare to buy reeds from, as his are the only ones that actually work after one receives them!



Hey Chris,

Just wanted to let you know that the band order has arrived in Ct. safely. Looking forward to passing them out to band members in time for Memorial Day parades. Tried several from each packet and found that they were all dead on with the meter. Don't know how your do it, but please continue your magic. Looking forward to doing business with you,



my new cane practice chanter reed arrived today. after a close inspection and a 10 minute soak in water i placed in my dunbar millenium pc. WOW great sound,perfect scale, no squeaks from high a to low g or any note in between. well worth the wait and price.
thank you so much!


Thank you for the reeds which arrived safely last week.  I have already put two of them in two of my sets.  As I may have told you I have two McCallum chanters, a plastic one and a wooden 'gold'.  I have perfected my skills in shaving down your medium strength reeds so that they project a really strong but sweet sound requiring little effort to play (I am now 65 and don't need lung bursters!)  The reed in the gold chanter sings like a Monteverdi choir especially on the F.  I keep telling Stuart McCallum that he should always use your reeds!

Keeping making them and please don't retire!

Yours ever,



The reed (cane practice) arrived amazingly quickly and worked well for me (wet) right out of the box.

Many thanks

Henry Neil



Custom made reeds arrived today - perfectly copies of the 100 year old originals. Remarkable!

Thanks again,



Hello Chris,

Last September I had the pleasure of meeting Les and Martin Cowles at their shop in Somerset.  I had purchased a set of Naill pipes in 2015 and took the opportunity to visit the source while on holiday in the West Country. When I mentioned that I used one of your wet play cane reeds in my practice chanter Les was very complementary of you and suggested that I use your reeds in my solo chanter.



I received my new chanter reeds Saturday and they were everything I had hoped for.
I greatly prefer your practice chanter reeds and the new pipe chanter reeds are excellent, as I expected. My Nail black wood chanter  is happy now, ( new pipes and new to piping so very appreciative of a friendly reed).
The fast service was a pleasant experience, I did not think they would get here so soon, but very glade they did since the reeds are making the piping practice enjoyable.


Good received. And  As usual top quality.......Thanks.



I played with the new reeds last night.  One word:  FANTASTIC!
I am only a beginning level piper who's played off and on for about four
years now.  But these are the best reeds I've ever played, I could not
believe the difference they made.  So smooth and predictable and just a joy
to hear.  Thank you so much!


Dear Chris,

I don’t want to keep you long from your work, but I wanted to share that despite being relatively new to the piping realm I have thus far spent a great deal of time in study and research in this rich genre and have discovered that you are the only individual I can find that offers cane practice chanter reeds. I admire your distinct commitment to tradition and to an age old craft. Thank you for keeping the torch burning and for offering cane reeds to a world of pipers.

In addition, I cannot find an ill word spoken or written about Apps reeds.


Just wanted to say thanks again.  I needed to work on some reeds, so I first pulled out your book on reed adjustment and read through it again.  Your book has saved me time and expense time and time again !! 


I am thrilled with these reeds.. it makes practicing a bit more than just ... well.. practicing.

Thank you very much.


Your help with balancing my chanter was a tremedous help and I really appreciated your energy and passion for the whole process of reed making/fixing.


Morning Chris,

The reeds arrived on Friday and Kev is delighted with them....said they were well worth the wait.


 Hi Chris
just to say I received my 2 reeds today, thanks! I asked for the soft side of medium on a G4 reed - what can I say, it is just perfect - how do you do it!!!
Even my wife said the pipes sounded good tonight!


 It sounds great and I am so happy to finally have an 'Apps' reed!  Thank you so much! 


 I’ve tried a lot of reeds and these are best by a long shot!


Thanks for making great reeds. It makes playing and practicing fun. Sometimes the sounds are so ,,,, it's hard to describe. I just don't want to stop playing.


Thank you so much.  I have tried them and they are beauties.  Apps reeds are the best I have ever used!


At last I have some reeds that make these pipes playable!   You’ve arrived at a good specification that is quite different than the other reeds I have had.  You must have spent a lot of time experimenting to get this right. I was getting to the point of selling these pipes finding them almost unplayble.  I’ve been through a lot of different reeds to get here, so many thanks again. 


Just want to let you know i received my reeds today. I wanna thank you and Chris again for the service and quality of craftmanship.


I just put yur reed in my chanter and I dont want to put it down! It has the perfect amount of crow that I was looking for and the chanter is almost in perfect tune. Thanks for the great work.



Just a quick message to say how impressed I am with a reed of yours received this morning in Dublin. Really impressive to have both a balanced and incredibly easy to blow reed. Anyway I like it so much more than the band stock I normally play that I've just placed another order for two.


 Hello, again, Chris,

I just put one of your new reeds into my chanter, and the best comparison I can make is that it's like opening a fresh, new bag of loose tea after working on the old one for months!  Wonderful sound, and the strength is perfect.  Thank you once again, and I will be back for more.


I just received one of your cane practice chanter reeds and I love the outstanding quality and sound.  Another fine reed that is an absolute pleasure to play.  Thanks.


I have been playing the new cane practice chanter reed, and I find that it is truly nice. It's really convenient that it actually likes to be wet, so it makes it easier to practice even longer.

And for kicks, I tried the cane reed on an inferior practice chanter, that somebody gave to me as a gift. The cane reed even makes an inferior practice chanter a pleasure to play.

So, again, thank you.