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Old 03-12-2019, 01:12 PM   #1
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Default Leather bag on Poly Pipes

I have a set of Dunbar poly pipes as my 2nd set. While getting ready for St. Paddyís weekend, the synthetic bag zipper started hissing. Tried lubing it and no luck. My first bag for these pipes was a Canmore gortex bag. It handled moisture well, I would open maybe once a week, and it was usually dry. Didnít care for how careful you have to be stricking in and cutting off, compared to my wooden pipes with a leather bag. The Canmore lasted about 7 years of playing it half time, it started leaking air 2 years ago around St. Patrickís time. Two years ago I switched to a hybrid bag, and yes, it lasted 2 years. Iím on my 2nd leather bag for my wood pipes since the late 1990ís. Which leads me to my question.

If you have poly pipes and use a leather bag, how does it handle moisture? Iím in Montana, so its usually dry. The wettest condition is usually St. Paddyís weekends when we may hit 9 to 10 bags a night, a couple of days in the row. And occasionally, play in some foggy weather. Iíve heard the wood pipes absorb some moisture, but I know plastic wonít.

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Old 03-12-2019, 01:41 PM   #2
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Default Re: Leather bag on Poly Pipes

I have great luck with Canmore hybrid and Ross suede bags on poly sets. They handle the moisture so well, are easy to install, and their zippers are great!
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Old 03-12-2019, 05:05 PM   #3
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Default Re: Leather bag on Poly Pipes


As I posted here a few days back... and friend of
mine bought a set of used Dunbar Delrin pipes...
that had been played for several, several years...
had been well maintained... and came with its
original leather bag... :)

He has now played them... for some five or six
years... they are equally well maintained... and
that same... old-fashion... leather bag... is still
on them... and going strong... :)

I don't think that you shall have much about
which... to worry!! :)

Just run the Airtight through it... time to time...
and all should be quite well... :)



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Old 03-12-2019, 07:09 PM   #4
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Default Re: Leather bag on Poly Pipes

I believe there is no difference in moisture between the hard woods and Polypenco/Acetyl. This is a myth that is debunked by A/B comparisons.

Here is an excellent write up on this very question (and others) by David Locky.

I have owned ABW, Cocobolo and soon Delrin (Poly) pipes.
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Old 03-13-2019, 01:33 PM   #5
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Default Re: Leather bag on Poly Pipes

Thanks to all the replied. I just read the David Locky article. Sounds about right to me. During our St Paddy pub crawls in Billings, going from outside of 30 to 40 degrees F, my drone reeds would start gurgling some nights - with my wood pipes and my Dunbar poly pipes. (Dry cold outside, to moist hot inside.). I got a Moose value and if I remembered to dump it out after each pub, the moisture wasnít as bad.

Iím leaning towards getting a leather bag with no zipper to fail.

Happy Piping, John
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