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Old 12-16-2013, 09:05 AM   #1
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Default decent flapper wanted,,,

Seems lately every rubber stopper or chanter flapper I buy is garbage> The last one did not even last through installation before the rubber tearing off of the clamp. Any recommendations? I have an old leather one on for standby.
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Old 12-16-2013, 09:26 AM   #2
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Default Re: decent flapper wanted,,,

Auto tire inner tubes seem now to be a thing of the past.
But, find a cycle tire inner tube and make some from that.

Manufacturers getting cheaper and cheaper. Materials
getting thinner and thinner. (Was it Ruskin who coined
"Caveat Emptor?" .... 'Twas ever thus... (sigh... )

Remember that Thread a whilst back... about the past...
and now present (and thinner) yellow hemp?

Well...KBO... KBO... and get the best quality that may
still be found...
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Old 12-16-2013, 10:22 AM   #3
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Default decent flapper wanted,,,

One manuf. leaves the brass edge rough and they tear easily, another folds it over for a round edge against the rubber.

Yeah, I've been through a couple myself. Would seem not expensive enough for anyone to bother making a decent one.
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Old 12-16-2013, 10:39 AM   #4
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Would seem not expensive enough for anyone to bother making a decent one.

...that's my rub...the shops and on-line retailers charge about $5 each for these ...maybe 2 in a pak if you are lucky. [ instead of giving you just one gratis for spending xxxx$ in their store]

I considered myself quite lucky about 4 years ago to snag a 12 pak on Ebay for $10 if that much. Made by Ayrshire ... well made. (http://www.ayrshirebagpipes.co.uk/bl...lves-p-39.html)
I've still got about 8 left.

I was in a popular pipe makers' shop in mid- NY state a few years ago...his went for $15 each. Wonder if he ever sold any besides on the pipes he made?

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Old 12-16-2013, 12:16 PM   #5
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Made by Ayrshire ... well made. (http://www.ayrshirebagpipes.co.uk/bl...lves-p-39.html)


Greetings to All,

Rather than slicing up a cycle inner tube... and having to
make your own... I'm with el gaitero on this one... send a
shout off to Ayrshire... and give them a go...

By way of this oh so lovely Forum... I stumbled on to them...
quite a while back... :)

All... that I have ever received from them... and there have
been some special orders over time... has been of first class
quality... hands down!!

Send them a shout... Give them a go...

Well worth your time... and... your money(!)... :)

Regards to All,

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Old 12-16-2013, 02:11 PM   #6
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Or consider going to a moose valve and don't look back. This is an excellent product with no fussing about. Mine has worked flawlessly for over three years. A great seal and no gurgling or other noises.
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Old 12-16-2013, 02:58 PM   #7
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... or you can make your own with some silicone sealant rolled out flat between two sheets of waxed paper, then cut to shape.
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Old 12-16-2013, 04:05 PM   #8
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Or consider going to a moose valve and don't look back. This is an excellent product with no fussing about. Mine has worked flawlessly for over three years. A great seal and no gurgling or other noises.

I also like the moose valve a lot.
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Old 12-16-2013, 05:11 PM   #9
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I use the Gibson ones and I get them from Northwest Bagpipes for $1.75 each. I like the Gibson ones better than others I have seen that use a copper staple. The Gibson has an aluminum one that has some gripping jags that doesn't slip in the hemp.
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Old 12-16-2013, 05:25 PM   #10
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I've converted at least five people to the Moose valve. It's great fun to tear the rubber flapper off and snip the metal clap off with a wire cutter.
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