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Old 10-31-2010, 12:18 PM   #1
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Default sheepskin bag w/rubber grommets?

Is there such a thing? I've played pretty much everything else (hide for years, synth - hated it, and now hybrid), and I'd like to give sheepskin a go. I've tied in numerous bags, the old fashioned way, and I'm quite capable. I just don't want to fight with it if I don't have to

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Old 10-31-2010, 01:37 PM   #2
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Default Re: sheepskin bag w/rubber grommets?

Nope. You have to beat it up and cut the holes yourself. Good luck.
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Old 10-31-2010, 01:49 PM   #3
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Bummer.

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Old 10-31-2010, 04:18 PM   #4
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Default Re: sheepskin bag w/rubber grommets?

rubber grommets will also damp the very harmonics and properties which most people get sheepskin for in the first place! so kind of self-defeating.
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Old 10-31-2010, 05:08 PM   #5
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Yeah, that's a good point. That's part of what I'm after too. That and the built in moisture control - no hoses or desiccants etc.

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Old 11-01-2010, 01:00 PM   #6
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Default Re: sheepskin bag w/rubber grommets?

Scot:

When I played with the Scottish Society of Windsor in the mid/late '70s, we all switched to sheepskin bags. I tied in many (most?) of those bags. In the process, I learned a lot!

A recommendation: Before you attempt to shove the stocks through the newly-cut holes, work a little Airtight seasoning (or equivalent) into the area around the holes. Go at least an inch out from the holes. Then work the stocks out from inside the bag. Similarly, work seasoning into the neck before tying in the chanter stock. (You might find you have to do that before you can even get the drone stocks - especially the bass drone stock! - though the neck and into the bag.

A new sheepskin bag tears VERY easily! Softening the skin up with seasoning allows it to stretch to allow the passage of the stock without tearing. It also allows the skin to collapse into the groove at the base of the stock much more easily when tying in the stock.

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Old 11-02-2010, 05:31 PM   #7
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Thanks Kenton I'll keep that in mind. Sounds pretty much like tying in a Gannaway.

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