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Old 05-15-2018, 07:57 AM   #1
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Default Valves and connectors for bellows conversion

I have no clue what to search for in regards to the valve used with the tube from the bellows. Any leads or ideas of what this part is called and where one can possibly find them?
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Old 05-15-2018, 09:37 AM   #2
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Default Re: Valves and connectors for bellows conversion

Assuming you're currently playing a mouth-blown set I'd suggest contacting the maker of your pipes.

He may offer a conversion kit, or could covert the set over to bellows-blown.

If the maker is unable to do this, or is otherwise unavailable, you could contact some others, Michael MacHarg or Nate Banton immediately come to mind, and see if they could do it for you.

Also, John Walsh makes an adapter for his mouth-blown pipes that might work with your pipes.

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Old 05-15-2018, 09:52 AM   #3
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Default Re: Valves and connectors for bellows conversion

Traditionally it's a small leather flap with a tail. Easy enough to make. To get it to fit tightly use a hot spoon when it's in position. Tail sits at the top of the valve so naturally falling closed. Google it
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Old 05-15-2018, 11:25 AM   #4
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Default Re: Valves and connectors for bellows conversion

A leather flapper is easy to make, and I've also used brass-and-rubber valves designed for highland pipes. They usually need to be cut down to fit the available space but that's trivial to do.

The bigger issue is that BAGS cut for mouth-blown pipes have the stock for the blowpipe in the wrong place. Adapters like the one Walsh makes can work, but they can also be pretty awkward. If you're serious about going bellows-blown, you're better off getting a bag that has the blowpipe stock tied-in in the right place, so that the mechanics of playing the instrument work right.
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