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Lee & Sons bags have been a long time in the making and are now played by some of the top pipers and bands around the world.
When a sheepskin pipe bags is at its best nothing can beat it for tone, richness, resonance and harmonics…absolutely nothing. There is a little extra magic in the sound when sheepskin is being played and serious pipers and top pipe bands know this. But the trade-off is that it requires more maintenance than other bags. Most grade 1 pipe bands play sheepskin because to them the extra bit of work is well worth it to get the special sound.
For quite a few years now, synthetic and cowhide bags have been available with zippers. Those amazing zippers allowed pipers to get inside the bag and install a moisture system to keep the drones dry. It always bugged Jack Lee that zippered Goatskin and Sheepskin bags weren’t readily available on the market.
The Best of Both Worlds
Lee and Sons Bagpipes are delighted to be producing zippered Goatskin and Sheepskin bags. They offer pipers the best of both worlds: the ability to get the vibrant, harmonic chanter sound that comes from Goatskin and Sheepskin pipe bags plus the ability to open the zipper and install a moisture system for the drones.
Subtle differences between Goatskin and Sheepskin
Similarities between Goatskin and Sheepskin
Both Sheepskin and Goatskin pipe bags have the capability of producing an incredibly rich, harmonic sound. The resonance and quality can be hard to beat! But with hide bags the drones can get wet quickly and wander out of tune. Zipper provides you with access to the inside of the bag. You can install a moisture system and keep the drones nice and dry. Lee and Sons zippered bags offer the best of both worlds. With the addition of rubber grommets the bag installation becomes much easier. You can easily clamp drone and blowstick stocks into the grommets so that only the chanter stock needs to be tied in.
Available with a zipper (and T-zip) and grommets (with clamps).