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Old 10-01-2017, 11:12 AM   #1
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Default Gannaway Zip & Collar Bag

Hello Pipers of the world,

I would like to replace the Bannatyne Hide Zipper Bag with a Gannaway Zip Bag.

What experience have you made with this kind of hybrid bag? Is it recommendable? Does it have any effects on the sound?

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Old 10-01-2017, 11:21 AM   #2
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Hello Pipers of the world,

I would like to replace the Bannatyne Hide Zipper Bag with a Gannaway Zip Bag.

What experience have you made with this kind of hybrid bag? Is it recommendable? Does it have any effects on the sound?

Best regards

Matthias
I've played a few ( older) gannaway's ( sans zipper) ....nice bag...nice tone. You might consider ordering one without drone stock collars and with precut holes so you can hand tie them in. Get only the blowstick collar.
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Old 10-01-2017, 11:41 AM   #3
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I have played Bannatyne hybrid (WMC), Lee And Sons small cowhide and Gannaway (tie-in with zipper), and for me, the best bag so far has been the Gannaway.

I'd suggest looking at the full tie-in version with a zipper. It needs priming once and then seasoning with Highlander dressing every month or two. To me it is pretty trivial to do this and not a big effort.

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Old 10-01-2017, 01:11 PM   #4
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My thought on having only the blowstick stock collar is it can be useful to set a comfortable blowstick angle and be secured in place with tape.

Whereas the hide tie in forces one to use only the concentric stock groove....which might likely be a wrong angle.
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Old 10-01-2017, 04:01 PM   #5
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Default Re: Gannaway Zip & Collar Bag

Gannaway bags aren't hybrid bags, but rather leather that have the options of zippers and collars.

I had a zipper, no collars, bag for almost a decade. Was a fantastic bag. Had to retire it when the zipper came unglued (which now I think is no longer an issue as they sew and glue the zippers in).

The only reason I didn't get another one is that the band wanted everyone to have sheep or goatskin.

If I had a second set of pipes I wouldn't hesitate to put a Gannaway back on, though I would go for a fully sealed bag, as I have no need for the zippers and such.
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Old 10-01-2017, 06:29 PM   #6
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My thought on having only the blowstick stock collar is it can be useful to set a comfortable blowstick angle and be secured in place with tape.



Whereas the hide tie in forces one to use only the concentric stock groove....which might likely be a wrong angle.


I have found that angling the blowpipe stock is easier with a tie-in. You need around 1/4" leather above the groove, but can angle the stock with way more on one side, thus angling it.

And yes, the Gannaway is not a hybrid bag.
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Old 10-01-2017, 09:35 PM   #7
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My first bag was a tie-in gannaway, no zip.

I really like the feel and seasoning isn't the big deal some make it out to be.

Why do you want a zipper?
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Old 10-01-2017, 10:23 PM   #8
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I like a zipper so I can access my spit tube, etc. I know there are split stocks for this, but have yet to invest in one.

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