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Old 16-05-11, 06:36 PM   #1
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Old 17-05-11, 02:28 AM   #2
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I am definately not an expert on this but I can tell you about my experiences. Maybe this will get the ball rolling for everyone else.

The original Canmore Bag. -(circa 1994 and 1998) I had 2 of these over the years. they were really light and it seemed to take forever to get use to the strike in so as not to double tone. They lasted fairly well but when they did go it was fast. There was no more piping till the new bag got there. Easy to install and I don't recall having any moisture problems at all.

Next I had a Ross Canister Bag - (circa 2004) Installation was not as hard as some people make it out to be. Still take your time. No Moisture problems but constantly cleaning dust out of the reeds. I never did get the right set up to give some moisture to the chanter reed. Over all a frustrating experience and I was not sad when the zipper started leaking after only 1 year.

New bag a Bannatyne. -(circa 2011) Allot heavier and more like a hide bag for feel. It's been a while since I've had a bag that felt that comfortable. The strike ins are differant than what I got use to with the flimsy bags and I find I am relearning again how to get a clean attack. The big fault I've noticed so far is the moisture control. A water trap comes with the bag but it seems totally ineffective. Most people I've talked to about the problem say they have the same issue and ended up installing a Ross canister system. I don't really want to go back to the dust so I'm looking for other options. I've only had it for 2 weeks now so I can't speak to longevity, but definately a supperior bag to the Ross in feel and function. To bad moisture control is lacking.

Anyways, I hope some people who may have more knowledge in the current bags available can help you out. I'm sure if you were to order a Canmore bag it wouldn't be the same as the one to which I have spoken. Even the Ross has probably been updated since last I used one. Any thoughts out there?
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I love my bannatyne zipper bags and my l&m zipper hide bag. (It has a fancy name....but I forget)
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Ppyper1 its the Scotian


Unfortunately there is no perfect bag. I have been more than I care to remember. A lot of it comes down to the right size bag and blowstick. That being said Bannatyne bags are nice they have the hide feel and some good sizes. The drone placement is really nice. Ross bags are nice I find that the drones are angled back a little kind of awkward. Also the chanter was a bit of a reach for me (at least with the extended small). Moose bags are great bags with awesome drone and chanter placement. What are you looking for? do you care about a hide feel? Do you know around what size suits you best?
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New bag a Bannatyne. -(circa 2011) Allot heavier and more like a hide bag for feel. It's been a while since I've had a bag that felt that comfortable. The strike ins are differant than what I got use to with the flimsy bags and I find I am relearning again how to get a clean attack. The big fault I've noticed so far is the moisture control. A water trap comes with the bag but it seems totally ineffective. Most people I've talked to about the problem say they have the same issue and ended up installing a Ross canister system. I don't really want to go back to the dust so I'm looking for other options. I've only had it for 2 weeks now so I can't speak to longevity, but definately a supperior bag to the Ross in feel and function. To bad moisture control is lacking.
Have you tried the bannatyne MCS? My first bannatyne came with a bendy, open-ended tube that was useless. Changed that for the bottle-on-a-tube-trap & that worked fine. I would say the proper MCS system bannatyne make, with tubes & stuff, is pretty good. I keep cracking the balls in the microwave, but nothing's perfect.

Have you considered a skin bag? I dare say that's not too much of an option if you're in the middle east a lot, but maybe worth thinking about for when yuo're home?

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As for the best type of synthetic bag; probably, if you ask 10 people, you'll get 11 suggestions!! IMO, I would suggest a bannatyne hybrid bag with their own MCS (moisture control system).

I still advocate skin bags to everyone I speak to, and depending on how much experience you have, that might be something to consider.
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That ones called the Scotian. I've enver had or seen one.
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That ones called the Scotian. I've enver had or seen one.
It's AWESOME!! You still have to season it, it a way. More of a leather protector that you wipe on the inside of the bag a time or two a year. All the convenience of a zipper bag, but hide at the same time.

Love my Scotian!!
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I'm really happy with my Scotian bag also!
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Hey Guys and Gals,


About the Scotian..I owned one a while back but found the reach for the chanter ridiculous. Now I love L&M I am currently using one of their regular bags. Do you guys notice the reach for the chanter??

Also I dont have unusually short arms haha but I am not the tallest at 5'9.but I dont think thats the issue
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About the Scotian..I owned one a while back but found the reach for the chanter ridiculous. Now I love L&M I am currently using one of their regular bags. Do you guys notice the reach for the chanter??

Also I dont have unusually short arms haha but I am not the tallest at 5'9.but I dont think thats the issue
I don't find that I have to reach for the chanter at all, but the Scotian does have quite a long thin neck.. I've tied the chanter stock "well up" into the bag....
I use quite a short blowstick, and find the playing position very comfortable.
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