Skin bag more time-consuming?
There is a feeling that moving onto a skin bag is a lot of work and time consuming, this is not the case. A good quality made skin bag once tied-on and seasoned by myself will only require to be seasoned 2-4 times per season. It is important to have someone like myself tie-in your bag as this is an art in itself, if this is not done correctly then your pipes will not sit correctly and you will not feel comfortable playing. Any good, experienced, competent bagmaker should be able to tie your bag on and also season it to make sure it is 100% airtight and ready to play,this comes hand in hand with being a bagmaker. You should not be willing to let just anyone tie-in your bag, this includes your Pipe Major, a colleague, a parent etc.
There is no doubt that the bag is the heart of the instrument, the sound box, so the quality of the skin is crucial however more importantly, how the bag is made, the workmanship, the knowledge, the years of trial and error, the perseverance, the getting it 100% right is what makes a Bennett Pipe Bag stand out from the rest. I have been a bag maker for 30+ years and I am pretty sure there is nothing I don’t know about skin bags, what makes them work and if they’re not working as they should how to fix them. There is no comparison to the sound that comes from a set of bagpipes when a skin bag is being played to the sound from a synthetic pipebag, it’s unmeasureable!
If you have any queries or are considering moving from synthetic to skin or from your current skin bag to a new one, Bennett Pipe Bags is the longest serving, successful, world wide bag provider and customer satisfaction is what has made us so successful for the past 3 decades.
We sell Sheepskin, Goatskin and Hideskin pipe bags, we also produce our own Bennett Traditional Seasoning which we make on our premises and our recipe is guaranteed to make any skin bag that is not burst, 100% airtight. We sell split-stock, moisture control, hemp, wax, rosin, brushes,corks………everything any piper could need, all under one roof.