Reed Mandrel: Terry Lee Reed Wizard
-Reverses the age process of pipe chanter reeds
-Strengthens blowing pressure as reed becomes easy
-Reeds last longer and helps reed budgets
-Improves balance from top to bottom hand
-Eliminates squeaking and squealing
-Band pipers can blow steadier throughout scale
-Soloists have better control over manipulation
The design of the Reed Wizard © tool is based on a reed mandrel hand-made for Terry Lee by his
piping teacher, James MacMillan. The tool is tapered to match closely the average size of reed
staples. Over the years, Terry relied on this tool for reed manipulation in the SFU Pipe Band.
The Reed Wizard © tool design has been improved upon allowing for safe storage and long life. It
is now being produced by GANAAN Highland Manufacturing. The Reed Wizard © allows for the
easy manipulation of the staple in the pipe chanter reed to make adjustments and prolonging the
life of a pipe chanter reed while at the same time improving the sound.
The Reed Wizard © handle and cover are both machined from T6061-T6 aluminum, while the
mandrel incorporates a double bevel design made from O1 tool steel which is then heat treated,
quenched and tempered insuring strength, durability and longevity.