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Old 04-18-2013, 10:13 AM   #1
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Default What do you do with your old pipe bags ( besides throw them away)

Hi Everyone,

When I started piping, I bought my pipes with a Canmore bag, because I was wrongly informed that it would last virtually forever with no maintenance. It only held up for a few years, possibly because one year in competition I left them out in the sun at various games and the glue loosened. I still have its body in my basement, and it is soon to be joined by my second bag, a Scotian that has served me well for about 7 years, but even after slathering it with L&M sealant and conditioner, it's just not playing well.

I'll be buying a new one ( probably another Scotian as I had no complaints with it at all. Maybe i'll take better care of this one and get even more life out of it), but I'll have two useless bags in the basement now. I was just wondering what you all do with your bags when you replace them. I saw one thread with a suggestion of how to repair the goretex bag (http://forums.bobdunsire.com/forums/...=138063&page=3), but to be honest I'm not really interested in tying in an old damaged bag. Maybe If I had a set of sticks and stocks laying around that weren't assembled I'd consider that. Any other creative ideas of what to do with old bags? A hanging tomato planter, perhaps?
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Old 04-18-2013, 12:32 PM   #2
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Haha! Good question. I still have all of my old bags - never actually thought to throw them away. I'm NOT a hoarder!

I know back in the day some used them (the hide ones) to make their own homemade flapper valves. Not sure what people do with them now. Kind of an odd thing to take to the dump.
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Old 04-18-2013, 02:50 PM   #3
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Believe it not, I washed my old Canmore bag , cut it up, and used it to make some Goretex liners between the wool exterior and the interior lining in a couple of bonnets I wear in foul weather. The outside of the bonnets can be sopping wet, but the inside liner and my head stay dry. At least that's my experience after a couple of gigs in pouring rain and cold this March and April.
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Old 04-18-2013, 05:31 PM   #4
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Hi Everyone,

When I started piping, I bought my pipes with a Canmore bag, because I was wrongly informed that it would last virtually forever with no maintenance. It only held up for a few years, possibly because one year in competition I left them out in the sun at various games and the glue loosened. I still have its body in my basement, and it is soon to be joined by my second bag, a Scotian that has served me well for about 7 years, but even after slathering it with L&M sealant and conditioner, it's just not playing well.

I'll be buying a new one ( probably another Scotian as I had no complaints with it at all. Maybe i'll take better care of this one and get even more life out of it), but I'll have two useless bags in the basement now. I was just wondering what you all do with your bags when you replace them. I saw one thread with a suggestion of how to repair the goretex bag (http://forums.bobdunsire.com/forums/...=138063&page=3), but to be honest I'm not really interested in tying in an old damaged bag. Maybe If I had a set of sticks and stocks laying around that weren't assembled I'd consider that. Any other creative ideas of what to do with old bags? A hanging tomato planter, perhaps?
I took a perfectly good...but unplayable anymore '99 Gannaway bag.. opened it up and washed seasoning residue away... used ?? a small bar glass as a guide to neatly cut around the stock holes making them about 2" diameter. 3-4 students have since used it as 'doggie coat' under their bagcover to 'beef up' a balloon-ey feeling Canmore or other limp synthetic bag. Did the trick until they either got new pipes and /or a better bag.

Otherwise ... i've still got 3-4 old unzipped L&M's , early Canmore, and a Gannaway literally moulding away in the basement.

Light Bulb!! ..that's the musty smell she's been complaining about!!
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Old 04-18-2013, 07:50 PM   #5
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Old 04-18-2013, 09:45 PM   #6
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A friend of mine on here used to make sporrans out of old bags...
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A friend of mine on here used to make sporrans out of old bags...
Hey now that is cool.
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Never thrown one away - always repaired them.
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Old 04-21-2013, 09:20 PM   #9
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Never thrown one away - always repaired them.
I would love a dollar for each time I have heard someone say "I paid such and such $ for that bag 25 years ago and I am not going to throw it way/buy a new one"! Even though the bag in question leaks like a sieve, has numerous patches and the pipe couldn't blow a steady tone with the bag to save his life!
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I would love a dollar for each time I have heard someone say "I paid such and such $ for that bag 25 years ago and I am not going to throw it way/buy a new one"! Even though the bag in question leaks like a sieve, has numerous patches and the pipe couldn't blow a steady tone with the bag to save his life!
If they were leaking that badly, I might have to do something more drastic. I also know a few guys who are playing hide/sheepskin, that have had them last decades. Take care of your instrument, and it seems less likely to fail on you.
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