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Old 01-01-2019, 10:10 PM   #11
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Default Re: L&M Non-Zips - any left out there?

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There are 2 bags and both are "large" I believe.
Too big for puny me then
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Old 01-02-2019, 07:43 AM   #12
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Default Re: L&M Non-Zips - any left out there?

They come up, generally used, sometimes new, on Ebay fairly often.

The old-school plain L&M "elkhide" bags, I mean.

I picked up one a couple years ago and tied it into my backup set.

When I played the pipes wowza!! I was amazed how much moisture it retained. My pipes were soaked. I had got spoiled by years of using sheepskin and Gannaway, where everything stays at a nice controlled moisture level, never too dry, never too wet.

Those L&M Elkhide (chrome-tanned cowhide) bags were bulletproof. I played one bag for, what, 18 years I think. Never seasoned it once, and after 18 years it was still perfectly airtight. Perfect for backup pipes because you know it will not fail.

Back in the 1970s around here everybody played those L&M bags. Our band didn't use covers, it was kinda cool to have the nice velvety dark brown leather showing, back in the day. There's a photo of Triumph Street in 1979 with exposed L&M bags like that.

BTW Michael MacHarg used to make virtually identical bags. You can try contacting him. The problem is IIRC that the chemical used to make chrome-tanned cowhide was banned.
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Old 01-04-2019, 10:06 PM   #13
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Default Re: L&M Non-Zips - any left out there?

I turned my last L & M hide bag into a sporran, seemed a shame to just throw it away.
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Old 01-05-2019, 05:43 PM   #14
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I turned my last L & M hide bag into a sporran, seemed a shame to just throw it away.
What a nice supple sporran it must be!
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