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Old 06-08-2018, 10:56 AM   #21
Roger Huth
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Default Re: Competing without bag cover?

I often find I'm unsuccessful in getting a decent cover that allows the whole pipe bag to inflate

Most of the time, I find playing much more comfortable without these cover restrictions

However, l think they should really be worn when performing in public and in competitions

I have been guilty in the past though when competing, but the judge thought I was just showing off my new sheepskin bag
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Old 06-08-2018, 11:03 AM   #22
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Default Re: Competing without bag cover?

I predict.....makers will make real and syn bags already gussied up ...rhinestones, poly-bullion fringe, non-slip textures,...so as to allow one to forego adding a cover...; another buggywhip cottage industry scuttled...
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Old 06-16-2018, 03:25 PM   #23
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Default Re: Competing without bag cover?

Covers actually do several jobs;
1. The historical reason is that the goo in the bag wants to get onto the outside of the bag, and from there leap to light colored clothing.
2. The cover contributes to keeping the bag from cooling, or as simply, helps the bag (and in turn the instrument) get to and stay at, closer to, a single temperature within the bag. A thermal blanket, no matter how slight or robust.
3. Passes the complex interplay of harmonics within the bag to the exterior, in much the same way as a banjo skin does.
4. And as we have discussed here so much, helps to, or fights against, keeping the instrument at the physical location under the arm that the player wishes, as a result of some friction or sticky patches.
5. Interferes in the moisture balance of the instrument in small or large ways depending on materials.

Playing without the bag in competition needs to consider how these factors affect the production of the sound and the physical conditions in place at the competition.
The older I get, the more certain I am, that everything should be made from blackwood, beeswax, reeds, shellac and bits of string...
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Old 06-18-2018, 05:06 AM   #24
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Default Re: Competing without bag cover?

Lots of nekked bags in my day, before the synthetics. Mostly the L&M Elk tanned Cow skin bags. Never heard a word about it as a concern for a judge. Their purview was music. No official games dress code for bags, either! I was guaranteed more points with a nekked bag every time.
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