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Old 10-28-2017, 09:48 AM   #1
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Default Scottish Smallpipe Pipe Bags...

Hulloo,

The problem I'm having is the bag that's currently attached to my smallpipes, both sets actually, is a Gortex bag. I'm feeling the need for more support and weight? I think a hide bag would be better but I'd like some info before I go shopping.

For simplicity sake I wish that a company like Bannatyne made a hybrid bag with grommets/fittings for smallpipes. I've sent them a note to see what their plans are but who knows. In the mean time I'm just wondering what the consensus is on pipe bags for Scottish smallpipes? Hide, Gortex, whatever?

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Old 10-28-2017, 12:00 PM   #2
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Default Re: Scottish Smallpipe Pipe Bags...

To help overcome the relative flaccid feel of a syn bag...a slightly stronger reed can help....to get/keep the bag rock hard....you might even discover itís a little easier to play.
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Old 10-29-2017, 04:56 AM   #3
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...For simplicity sake I wish that a company like Bannatyne made a hybrid bag with grommets/fittings for smallpipes...
I think you are covered - Canmore has a no zip/grommets hybrid which you should be able to use for smallpipes. You just need the confidence to cut the hole into an unsullied bag
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Old 10-29-2017, 10:01 AM   #4
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Default Re: Scottish Smallpipe Pipe Bags...

It looks like Ross Ainslie is playing a sewn hide bag without grommets on his smallpipes in the YouTube clip recently mentioned here. They sound wonderful but that might be because it's him playing it.
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Old 10-29-2017, 12:21 PM   #5
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Default Re: Scottish Smallpipe Pipe Bags...

If it is a mouth-blown set I think you would be better off with a Canmore bag that was already mentioned or a Bannatyne hybrid with no collars and a zipper so you can go in a clean the bag.

If your set is bellows blown, the hybrid bags might be too stiff. The leather used for the bellows blown bags is soft and supple and does not need to be seasoned.

I have sets with the following bags and would recommend any of them.

Reelpipes
https://www.reelpipes.com/product/13...smallpipes-bag

Hamon
http://www.swedishbagpipes.com/

Kelleher (I have an Uilleann bag)
http://www.kellehertrad.com/bags.html

Also, Mac Harg makes bags but I have no experience with them
http://www.weepiper.com/bags.htm

Make sure to measure your chanter stock since the bags are usually sewn for 1" to 1.25" or 25 to 30 mm, which is much too small for a Walsh set. If that is the case, a small highland Begg hide bag from Reelpipes or a custom bag from Mac Harg might be your best bet.

Good luck and have fun with it!
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Old 11-03-2017, 11:41 AM   #6
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Default Re: Scottish Smallpipe Pipe Bags...

I'd strongly recommend a hide bag. I've never played a synthetic smallpipe bag that I felt gave both adequate support and tactile feedback. A good hide bag makes it much easier to blow good tone, and requires little or no maintenance.

In North America, I'd contact Michael MacHarg, Nate Banton or Rob Felsburg.
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Old 11-22-2017, 08:29 AM   #7
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For the record, my D smallpipes, which I play on a regular basis, were made by Mike MacHarg 29 years ago, and the bag is as good as new. It is "elkhide" and doesn't need seasoning. I highly recommend bags from Mike.
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Old 11-24-2017, 08:50 PM   #8
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Michael MacHarg hide bags for small pipes just can't be beat. They're phenomenal.

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Old 11-25-2017, 05:16 AM   #9
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If I wanted a hybrid bag and I didn't want to cut it myself, I'd contact Jack Lee. I know he offers tie in service. It seems like his bags are primarily made to order anyway.
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Old 11-29-2017, 07:02 AM   #10
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Michael MacHarg hide bags for small pipes just can't be beat. They're phenomenal.

Cheers,
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Based on my sample size of one, I second (third?) this recommendation. My MacHarg bag has been and still is great after about eight years of regular playing. Dry set up, not seasoning, no muss, no fuss.

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