The New Canmore Pipe Bag
A Short Story.
This was some time in 1995 Ian Smith had purchased Canmore Pipe Bags from the original owner and called up to introduce himself and ask how I liked the Canmore Pipe Bags, I told him they were very air tight but the bags were getting larger and larger, he said no they are the same as they have always been, I said we have been selling these since they first came out and they are getting larger and larger the bag is now like a big balloon under your arm, Ian NO HAPPY RIGHT! end of phone call. Couple of weeks later Ian is back on the phone he said you were right the bag has been getting larger and larger we researched and found that every time we do a new pattern the pattern grows by the size of the lead in the pencil thus a bigger bag. I asked could I send you a bag design that I have in mind, he said ok, and bags went into production just for Pipeline for about a year, then one day The Red Hot Chillie Pipers came into the shop with this great new pipe bag, yep my design, called Ian he said they are so good we are now using the design for everyone.
End of story.
Good Morning Jerry I was at your shop on Saturday morning where I purchased a new bag for my Pipes. I just wanted to thank you for your expertise and honesty. You are a true credit to your profession! I only wish I had come to you last year when I purchased my pipes. But unfortunately, I went to your competitors only because it was closer in proximity to Staten Island. I put my trust in someone who did not deserve it! It was a very expensive lesson but one well learned. Because of your suggestion of the small extended bag and reed, I am much more comfortable when playing and can actually play the tunes that I have been struggling with all year. Truth be told, I was about ready to give up playing entirely until visiting your shop. I cannot thank you enough. Be assured that I will advise the new students in our class ( and there are seven of them) to come to you when it is time for them to purchase their pipes. God Bless and thank you again for everything!!!
PS I also want to thank your wife for her help in the gift shop! You are both wonderful and I will definitely be a return customer!!!
Esther T. Bluett
Canmore Synthetic Pipe Bag with Zipper (In Stock)
Quantity in Basket:None
Shipping Weight:2.00 pounds
Made from the original Technically advance GORE-TEX® fabric. This bag comes with 4 collars and zip for easy access to inside the bag. The bag comes supplied with a jubilee clip, O ring, tape & zip lubricant.
PLEASE NOTE: Canmore no longer supplies a moisture control system with the pipe bag, you can select one from the choices below.
Small – 9 ½” x 26 ¼” Extended Small – 9 ½” x 27 ¼
Medium – 10 ¼” x 27 ¼” Extended Medium – 10 ¼ x 28 ¼
Large – 11” x 28 ¼”
What’s changed with the CANMORE® GORE-TEX® PIPE BAG?
New shape and sizes
New longer zip fitted on the angle
Neck cut back to relieve pressure on pipers arm
What type of pipe bag should I play? The three basic bag types are Leather,
Synthetic and Hybrid, and each type can either be the "sealed" or "zippered"
style. Zippered bags are more expensive than sealed, but allow easy access for
finding missing drone reeds, and adding accessories like tone enhancers ,
valves and warer traps .
Leather Bags must be treated (seasoned) to seal the inside pores in order to make the bag airtight. Once you have done this you have also created a potential water problem as the moisture from your breath can no longer escape from the bag and will condensate on the drone and chanter reeds thus creating a very unsteady sounding bagpipe.
Synthetic Bags are usually made of Gortex, a low maintenance, man-made material that is airtight, yet allows moisture to wick out of the bag overnight so that you are always starting each session with a dry bag. You will see in coming issues that a dry system is what you want for ideal playing conditions.
Hybrid Bags are leather on the outside with a synthetic lining on the inside. These are more expensive, but offer the traditional look and feel of the leather bag with the modern advantages of synthetic. The thicker walled bag also provides better resonance for sound quality.
How do I check for Air Tightness? The first step in good bagpipe maintenance, and this should be done at the change of every season, or 4 times a year. Never put a pipe bag in water to check for air leaks, because as soon as you do, you can kiss the manufacturer's warranty good-bye. Remove the pipe chanter and the drones from the stocks, insert large rubber stoppers into the stocks and fully inflate the bag. Then place your thumb over the open end of the mouthpiece to prevent any air loss, put the bag under your arm and squeeze with as much pressure as you can for 30 seconds, then blow back into the bag. If the bag takes more than the smallest amount of air, you need to check that all the stocks are tied in tightly, that stocks are free from cracks, and if you are playing a leather bag it may need seasoning. If your bag still leaks air it's time to replace it.
What Size Pipe Bag Should I Play?: Yes, here size does matter. Probably the most common mistake pipers make is trying to play a bag that is too large for them. The two main things that can determine the size bag you need are arm length and chest size.
A quick guide to bag size selection - Small or Extended Small if you are under 5'-7" tall, Medium for 5'-8" to 6'-1", Large if you are over 6'-2". A larger person can play a smaller bag without harming the shoulder, arm, neck or wrist, but a smaller person playing a bag that is too large is asking for shoulder, arm, neck and wrist problems.