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Andrew's Tips: More on Rocket Drone Reeds
Additional information on Mark Lee's Rocket Drone Reeds.
Archived posts to the Internet Bagpipe Newsgroup, rec.music.makers.bagpipe, are available at groups.google.com. (These were previously archived with dejanews.com prior to their acquisition by Google in February 2001.) By searching in these archives for "email@example.com" on the dates of "September 28, 1999" and "October 10, 1999" you will find the posts that include the materials lists for Mark Lee's Rocket reeds. [More recently, I've found Google's archive search lacking. Try searching for "carbon" with those dates instead.] Portions of these posts had been excerpted and could be found for years at an anonymously-authored web page called The Truth about Rocket Reeds, but the page no longer exists, so I've reproduced the page below.
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Here's the truth about Rocket Reeds.
1. They exist. I've seen them. You can see them in Jim McGillivray's "Pipes Ready!" video ( http://www.piping.on.ca/products/video/ )
2. They sound great. They are the reeds that converted Jack Lee and Alasdair Gillies away from cane. (Remember Jack's article in The Voice about plastic reeds and how awful they sound and how he would never play plastic...?)
3. They are NOT patented and NEVER WILL BE patented. Go to the US Patent Office Web Page ( http://www.uspto.gov/ ) and search for BAGPIPE, REED, ROCKET, MARK, LEE and nothing comes up. According to the the US Patent Office:
"If the invention has been described in a printed publication anywhere in the world, or if it has been in public use or on sale in this country before the date that the applicant made his/her invention, a patent cannot be obtained. If the invention has been described in a printed publication anywhere, or has been in public use or on sale in this country more than one year before the date on which an application for patent is filed in this country, a patent cannot be obtained. In this connection it is immaterial when the invention was made, or whether the printed publication or public use was by the inventor himself/herself or by someone else. If the inventor describes the invention in a printed publication or uses the invention publicly, or places it on sale, he/she must apply for a patent before one year has gone by, otherwise any right to a patent will be lost." ( http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/pac/doc/general/novelty.htm )
A. He has been selling them for over a year.
READ the following TWO posts from Mark Lee onto this very newsgroup:
Subject: Re: Mark Lee's drone reeds
Reed bodies can be G-9, G-10, LE-phenolic, and XX-phenolic.
Tenors: Tongues are a 1K, plain-weave carbon composite using a
Bass: Tongues are a 3K, plain-weave carbon composite using MTM-52
The tongues are held to the reed-body by two 70-durometer Nitrile O-
I was using 75-durometer Viton (the green ones) until they became
Subject: Re: The 3 Stooges Conspiracy!
I've only delived one reed-body made of Delrin. The rest are phenolic,
I have no intention of proving their (reeds) superiority. I've
I get my material from the folks who use the same material as me to
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