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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2001 6:52 pm 
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Opinions please...are shoulder straps a useful idea, or just another fashion accessory ?!!
Hands up all you strapping pipers out there !!

Boyd :smile:



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 27, 2001 3:36 am 
I wouldn't play without one. The weight of the body of the p[ipes is not pulling the bag, when you raise your left shoulder all regulators are handy within reach.


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It very much depends on the measurements of the pipes and the physiognomy of the piper. While I've seen many pipers doing great without one, I would in no way be able to handle the regs without a shoulder strap (err...to be honest, they give me lots of trouble even with a strap). A half set is usually easily manageable without one.
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Any tips for making one?

[A friend uses what looks like a nylon sling...the sort of stuff I use for rock-climbing...I've seen a bit of rope used, and a long leather belt...and lots of folks don't use them at all...but I think I'll try one and see if it helps with the regs]

Thanks for any advice !!

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I've never seen anyone use a shoulder strap before...is this a new thing in the piper's world, or do i need to crawl out from under the rock I live under? :smile:

Famous players using them too?

B~


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Brian... do you know this guy ??
http://www.concentric.net/~pdarcy/peter ... arcy_1.jpg

Here are some other examples:
http://www.concentric.net/~pdarcy/peter ... ricard.jpg

http://www.concentric.net/~pdarcy/photos/wcss2000_4.jpg

Geoff Wooff,
http://www.concentric.net/~pdarcy/photos/wcss2000_8.jpg

Robbie Hannan
http://www.concentric.net/~pdarcy/photo ... bbie_h.jpg

Seán Óg Potts
http://www.concentric.net/~pdarcy/photos/sf2001_7.jpg

Many thanks to Patrick D'Arcy for having such awesome pictures on his website !


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Ok, I'm convinced! :wink:

Just never noticed before. Thanks for the heads up Tony!

B~


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Brian,
Most traditional full sets have the bass regulator reedcap extended across the drone stock and where it rests on your forearm in a cradled position. I think Gallagher does this fitting slightly different, where the extension isn't needed and the drones and regulators sit more level.
http://www.uilleann.com/images/stainless.jpg
I didn't see the extension in the picture. I'm sure after you get your pipes you'll decide if a strap is needed or not.

Boyd started this topic... and I agree with Christian that we all differ in physical size and not all pipes/bag configurations are the same... therefore not everyone finds this a problem. I know my drones like to slide toward my knee and I'm contemplating attaching the popping strap & drone support to the bellows waist belt... one day perhaps.


I'm thinking an adjustable nylon guitar strap could be fitted instead of a strip of leather. The nylon would probably be more comfortable.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 06, 2001 1:53 am 
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Famous players using them too?

B~


Seamus Ennis and Johnny Doran famous enough?


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