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Old 10-12-2017, 03:29 PM   #1
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Default Covers and cords fashion

Recently a set of McLeod (Gillanders?)pipes came into my possession. They are in excellent condition, full sterling silver and ivory. I have them set up and playing well, so now they need a bag cover and new cords. My question is this, what would look best to set off the beauty of the pipes. I'm only concerned about how the pipes will look. I wear several different kilts including a LOUD Buchananand an elegant Mackenzie (+ others) so leave the kilt out of the equation. I'm not in any band so that's not a concern either. What do you think would look great?

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Old 10-12-2017, 03:32 PM   #2
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Pure gold.
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Old 10-12-2017, 04:22 PM   #3
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A heavy weight velveteen solid color bag cover ( royal blue, navy blue, bottle greenw,etc) with flat silver trim. Cords....currently popular are multi color silk....red/green ,yellow, white....sort of Royal Stewart colors ..or Scots Guards red/ green... Highland Gear in CAN puts out very nice quality products...google them.
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Old 10-12-2017, 04:53 PM   #4
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I like the solid rich color for the cover. I’ve looked at the multi color cords and can’t decide if they’re cool or over the top. I like the idea of a cord with just a bit of a second color, but that’s not how they’re made I guess.

Has anyone seen the Harris Tweed covers in the wild?

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Old 10-12-2017, 05:50 PM   #5
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I like the solid rich color for the cover. I’ve looked at the multi color cords and can’t decide if they’re cool or over the top. I like the idea of a cord with just a bit of a second color, but that’s not how they’re made I guess.

Has anyone seen the Harris Tweed covers in the wild?

Mark
Two color cords are around...you’ll need to search....

Don’t be confused by ....flying drones .... if you do.

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Old 10-12-2017, 06:39 PM   #6
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What I mean is that I would like drone cords that are 90% one color and only a bit of the secondary color. As a n example, Black with a bit of silver.
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Old 10-12-2017, 06:56 PM   #7
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Greetings, wrms,

What a lucky devil... to have such a situation!!... :)

And congratulations on such a magnificent set!! :)

And... as long as you are asking for opinions... I'll throw
in mine.

The cover... a dark forest green... and made of wool... and
that will last you... forever...

The cords... same color and material...

And this... to my mind... will show off your pipes... and quite
handsomely.

Wishing you the Best of Good Fortune in Your Quest,

Pip01


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Old 10-12-2017, 07:22 PM   #8
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I like the traditional Pipe Major covers, velvet in dark blue, dark green, or claret, with silver or gold metallic fringe.

I call them "Pipe Major covers" because generally the regimental pipers wore/wear wool covers (usually tartan) while the PM wore/wear a velvet cover.

What I dislike is the wearing of "gold" or "silver" cords with those covers, for one reason that the cords aren't gold or silver, but shiny yellow and grey.

I also dislike velvet covers with contrasting-colour non-metallic fringe, say a Royal Blue velvet cover with red cotton fringe.

I much prefer the cords and fringe going with the cover of the velvet.

Here's a claret cover I have, with matching fringe, a look I happen to like.

Here it's odd perhaps to have black cords but I like it a bit



Here with "silver" and claret cords

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Old 10-12-2017, 08:53 PM   #9
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I would go for a darker colour to help bring out the silver and ivory of the pipes.

But otherwise go with your favourite colour for the bag and an understated trim (I'm, personally, not a big fan of the big brush or bullion fringe so I err on the side of flat trim) of a coordinated colour.
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Old 10-13-2017, 06:11 AM   #10
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Has anyone seen the Harris Tweed covers in the wild?

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Yes, I did see one. The piper for the folk band Pons Aelius had one for a small gig I saw them at in Arisaig last June.

IMO the cover is great for informal, non-kilted events.

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