Thank you SO much for the quick turnaround! The bag got here this morning and will be in service this afternoon!
Just letting you know that the Ross Leather Pipe Bag arrived today and was waiting for me when I returned home. It was akin to Christmas morning!
Thank you, Rob
Bagpipe Pipe Bag by Ross The Suede Zipper Design (In Stock)
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Shipping Weight:2.00 pounds
Bagpipe Pipe Bag by Ross The Suede Zipper Design is the result of an extensive amount of research, trial and error, and the desire to produce a major upgrade from our previous bags and canister system. The Ross Suede Pipe Bag offers pipers a combination of great comfort, feel and harmonics, and moisture control that is unequalled in the bagpipe world. The bag can be played without a canister system of course, and for drier blowers this basic setup might well be sufficient. Yet it is the implementation of the canister drying system that takes this bag to the highest level of moisture control, and has been used to great benefit by thousands of pipers throughout the world already. The canister is the major part of the moisture control system. The basic concept of the canister system, is that the air must pass through the canister filled with drying granules prior to reaching the reeds. This canister system, combined with the highly breathable bag, offers pipers the best available means of controlling moisture, which means much greater stability of tone and longevity of reeds. The air-tight zip makes the task of opening and sealing the bag as simple and convenient as it can get. The new air-tight zips used in our bags, are highly flexible and easily slid open or shut. Very little maintenance is required, other than a very occasional application of lubricant. 2 year manufacturer warranty.
Bag comes Complete with Directions, Zip Grease, 2 Clamps, 2 sleeves & roll Tape.
ROSS BAG SIZES
Livingston 9.84" wide by 27.5' long and the drones are 1" closer to the chanter than the other bag
Extended Small 10" wide by 27.5" long
Medium 10.5" wide by 28" long
Large 11" wide by 28.5" long
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.