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  • Lochie
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    Interesting solution.
    I too have struggled a bit with the same issue. I use the rubber NPU tube on my smallpipes just fine, and my practice Uilleann.
    But once I began wrestling with a larger heavier border pipe I ran into issues with hose disconnects, and general ergonomics...
    Mostly it's just me.
    If you ever get another split, you can always chop off a length and go back to the original set up, at least long enough to complete the gig!

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  • Patrick McLaurin
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    While this thread is going on 5 years old, I have just written a blog post about the woes of connecting bellows to bag, specifically with regard to my new half-set of uilleann pipes.

    https://patrickmclaurin.com/wordpress/?p=4608

    I would be curious to hear further thoughts on the subject. Revisiting this thread and seeing dishwasher drain hose as a potential solution has me thinking that might be worth a try in its full length with my current approach as outlined in the blog post.

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  • Patrick McLaurin
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    Re: Bellows connecting tubing?

    I don't know what kind it was. I bought the pipes used from a guy in Austrailia. Kinnear pipes, Hope bellows. It was black and very flexible. Very thin wall.

    I found some new stuff at a hardware store that is reinforced. It works. I have no idea what it is either. It is not that flexible.

    Turns out I had one of the fancy uilleann pipe tubes buried in a box but it is too long and I don't feel like cutting it up.

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  • Quiet Piper
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    Re: Bellows connecting tubing?

    Patrick, what kind of tubing was it that split? Was it very old? I have PVC on mine, not reinforced.

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    Re: Bellows connecting tubing?

    Jeez.... Good point.... It never occurred to me that the tube may, in fact, split!

    I do get complacent with small pipes, but I'm now playing them a lot more. Ok, yet another spare to carry.

    Thanks for the wake up

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  • el gaitero
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    Re: Bellows connecting tubing?

    One more idea for the pile..... hospital/emergency services ribbed tubing like used on a variety of medical devices and applications....kind of clear slightly bluish color..very flexible, different diameters and short lengths. The ends are bushed down to a smooth connecting stub.

    If you know any EMT types or hospital staff...they might find a clean unused one to your specs when no one is looking.

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  • Patrick McLaurin
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    Re: Bellows connecting tubing?

    Originally posted by Kevin View Post
    I use the fibreglass reinforced pvc tubing. It works great but is very rigid. I am wondering what people used for bellows tubing before plastic tubing was invented Leather perhaps, sewn into a tube? Has anyone tried anything like that?

    Kevin
    Seth Hamon recently demonstrated a leather connecting tube. Not sure if the video was on facebook or youtube though.

    Thanks all for your replies!

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  • zarb
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    Re: Bellows connecting tubing?

    Kevin, yes leather tubes were common before the present day. Sometimes double layer, but mostly sewn and then tied into a wooden stock much like tieing any stock into a bag.

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  • Kevin
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    Re: Bellows connecting tubing?

    I use the fibreglass reinforced pvc tubing. It works great but is very rigid. I am wondering what people used for bellows tubing before plastic tubing was invented Leather perhaps, sewn into a tube? Has anyone tried anything like that?

    Kevin

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  • Ian Crane
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    Re: Bellows connecting tubing?

    Dishwasher drain tubing. It's black, cheap, and fairly flexible. I keep a spare section in my case in case of split.
    Last edited by Ian Crane; 06-09-2016, 07:09 AM.

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  • Bob Gerard
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    Re: Bellows connecting tubing?

    I also got a foot of reinforced clear plastic tubing for mine at the hardware store and cut it to a comfortable length (someone had cut my original tube to make it more snug for me, which didn't work). It has a cloth cover that looks nice. I assume it will last longer than me.

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  • David Murry
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    Re: Bellows connecting tubing?

    Patrick,

    I also went to the hardware store an bought a foot of the clear reinforced tubing to fit my rather larger torso ( section you went was a tad short and making my playing worse if thats possible)

    The tubing works great. Cover the exposed area on black masking tape and

    "dishes are done man"

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  • Rob MacDonald
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    Re: Bellows connecting tubing?

    I use the excellent rubber bellows connectors offered by Na Piobhairi Uilleann in their online shop: http://pipers.ie/store/products/rubb...ows-connector/

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  • zarb
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    Re: Bellows connecting tubing?

    I've used a lot of different types of hoses, but now, I order the bellows conenctors from NPU (Na Piobairi Uilleann) at about $9 ea.(from memory) they are spendy, but the do accordion a bit, and are substantially less stiff than the Hardware/Auto types. They tend to disconnect less at awkward times, and for that alone they are worth it.

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  • baxter
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    Re: Bellows connecting tubing?

    3/4 inch, garden hose.

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