Moose Bagpipe Products

Testimonials

The Moose Valve has, for me, removed any fear of a failing blowpipe valve and it reduces excess moisture all in one hit!!!

Very easy to fit and even easier to maintain. (No surgery required)

Leak proof and pretty close to idiot proof, these things are a blast.

Don't be a Goose, get yourself a Moose!

 

Iain Robertson - Pipe Major of the New Zealand Police Pipe Band

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Ian Lyons put a prototype Moose Bag on my pipes in August 2007. I instantly found the bag comfortable to play and extremely airtight. My drones now sit properly on my shoulder and combined with the shape and feel of the bag (under my arm) I am reminded of the days when I played a hide bag.

There are two other aspects of the Moose Bag that I love:-

1. The angle of the blowpipe stock allows the blowpipe to always remain properly positioned - no more fighting to hold it in place; and

2. The chanter stock allows the chanter to hang freely - in a comfortable playing position.

I will recommend the Moose Bag to anyone.

 

John Cairns - Double Gold Medalist at Inverness & Oban 1997 and Pipe Major of Peel Regional Police Pipe Band.

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When I was in the market for a new synthetic bag for my solo piping Ian Lyons put me on to the Moose Bag. I have never looked back!!

The performance of the bag is amazing with comfort like I've never had before. I was so impressed with the bag that I now use one for my day to day work as a piper with the Victoria Police Pipe Band, with close to 200 performances a year.

I now recommend the Moose Bag to anyone who asks.

 

David Macdonald - A Grade Soloist, Melbourne, Australia.

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Thanks a million for puting me on to your Moose Bag.

It is, without a doubt, the most comfortable pipe bag I have used in my 43 years of playing. The stock grommets are aligned perfectly when the bag is inflated, thus, allowing the drones to lie on their optimum angle when playing and what's more, strike-ins are a breeze. It's completely airtight and it fits naturally under my arm which makes playing a real joy.

The Moose Bag just feels right and it did from the moment I began using it.

Plus...............it's compatible with my canister system!!

I've got to hand it to you, you've really nailed this one!!

Thanks again.

 

Alec Patterson - Long time piper with The 78th Fraser Highlanders Pipe Band and winner of the World Pipe Band Championships with the band in 1987.

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When the new Hylands In-Line Drone Valves were ordered from Ian Lyons, I was still a little unsure if I would actually use them. With similar products, the consensus in piping circles was that you unfortunately had to tear apart your bagpipe to install them and once installed, it was very difficult to access them to make any neccessary adjustments so that they would function effectively.

Let me tell you. When the Hylands In-Line Drone Valves arrived, I was immediately taken by the creativity and ingenuity of the designers. These valves have been made so that they attach directly to the end of the three drone hoses (in a Ross set up) right at the canister-making accessibility simple. I was delighted over the fact that it only took a few minutes to install the valves and I did NOT need to take my pipes apart at all in the process. Additionally, the valves feature a set screw (located on the outside of each valve) and a small wrench, which makes any adjustments needed, a very simple task.

I have been playing in Grade 1 circles for more than 20 years and have always been proud of my ability to complete a cut-off without the assistance of any drone valves. I put the Hylands In-Line Drone Valves in just before the band (The 78th Fraser Highlanders Pipe Band) were scheduled to play a 2 and a half hour concert. What I experienced that night totally changed my perspective on drone valve forever. EVERY CUT-OFF that I was required to make was made with ease. In fact, since I was able to stop my pipes with more air still left in the bag, it was now a simple task to keep the airflow on the chanter at its peak-right up to the very end of each piece of music. As the night progressed, the usual concerns that creep in after a few hours of playing (and the fatigue associated with it) regarding my cut-offs were gone. I no longer had to worry about the potential of trailing drones or maintaining the pitch of my chanter.

These Hylands In-Line Drone Valves would be a wonderful addition to any bagpipe-regardless of the level of player. In fact, they will now be a permanent fixture in my bagpipe.

 

John Cairns - Double Gold Medalist at Inverness & Oban 1997 and Pipe Major of Peel Regional Police Pipe Band.

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I received a new Moose Bag in early December 2007.

I put the bag on to my work pipes and instantly felt a major difference between what I had been playing. The main improvement for me was the position of the chanter. There was almost no pressure against my hands whilst I was playing which made my hands feel free.

The drones sat neatly on my shoulder in the correct position and the blowpipe was right there!!

The Moose Bag is the most comfortable bag I've ever played!!

 

Kelvin Mounsey - A Grade Soloist and Pipe Sergeant of theMoorabbin City Pipe Band, Australia.

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Hi, Jake here!!

I have found the Moose Bag extremely reliable and great that it works well with my moisture control system. It feels much more comfortable now that I'm used to the drone position and feels overall more airtight.

Cheers.

 

Jake Kwaitkowski - Former piper with The 78th Fraser Highlanders Pipe Band.

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I have always played on sheepskin bags, and having to change my old one, I thought I might try a synthetic bag for a change. I was attracted by the publicity around the new Moose Bag, and decided to order one.

I have just fixed the Moose Bag along with a Moose Valve, and the result is incredible. Without any tube in the bag, I managed to play a couple of Piobaireachds with rock-steady drones. Of course I had to empty the valve which trapped most of the moisture, but my reeds where not affected. The Moose Valve works just great!!

I find the Moose Bag very comfortable and super airtight. Great products!!

 

Patrick Molard - Multiple award winnng solo piper from Brittany, France.

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I received a new Moose Bag at the end of 2007.

I have played it a lot and it is really good!

The Moose Bag is very robust and the positioning of all the collars makes it so comfortable to play.

The Moose Bag is all that you could want in a bag!

 

Greg Wilson - Multiple award winning solo piper from New Zealand

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The Moose Bag was very easy to set up, and after a bit of playing, I found my pipe sat much more naturally on my shoulder.

I was unaware of how ill-fitting my previous bag had been, but in comparison, I feel a distinct difference.

It's a deceptive but yet simple design, but a definite step towards a more comfortable bagpipe.

 

Johnny Bassett - Former piper with The 78th Fraser Highlanders Pipe Band.

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I have played the Moose Bag since October 2007 and find it to be the best pipe bag I've ever played.

For air tightness, moisture control, stability and reliability; nothing else has come close.

I find the specifically designed cut of the bag and the positioning of the drone and blowpipe collar means my pipe sits comfortably and there is never any need for hitching.

The location of the zip makes the bag easier to maintain and it holds a more natural shape.

This makes the Moose Bag a dream for both Band and Solo work.

 

Iain Robertson - Pipe Major of the New Zealand Police Pipe Band.

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I have just fixed the Moose Valve along with a Moose Bag, and the result is incredible. Without any tube in the bag, I managed to play a couple of Piobaireachds with rock-steady drones.

Of course I had to empty the valve which trapped most of the moisture, but my reeds where not affected.

The Moose Valve works just great!!

Great products!!

 

Patrick Molard - Multiple award winning solo piper from Brittany, France.

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Ian, I got it installed!!!

The Moose Bag is exceptional! It takes a little bit of effort to get installed, but the effort is well worth it.

The fit under the arm is perfect and it almost feels like the bag is forced up under the arm as opposed to wanting to slide down. The angled grommet on the blowstick also makes it very comfortable and at the proper angle.

Another thing I was pleased with is the strength of the swan neck. On other brands, when you blow and squeeze you can feel the neck lifting upwards. This does not happen with the Moose Bag!

The angled zipper is nice too. I am very pleased and glad I have tried a Moose Bag!!

 

David Marshall - Owner of David Marshall Bagpipe Silver Works

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When I first considered using Hylands In-Line Drone Valves I was curious as to how much they could improve performance.

Since fitting them to my pipes, and to the entire pipe corps of the New Zealand Police, concerns about problematic starts and stops have become a thing of the past.

Equally, the traditional drop off in pressure that signals the end of piping performances as the pipers squeeze down their bag has dramatically improved. I find that you can stop with more air left in the bag.

What has surprised me more than anything has been the amazing increase in stability of the drones, once tuned they stay there for a much longer period of time.

The Hylands In-Line Drone Valves were easy to fit and are equally easy to access and adjust.

Over the years I have tried out many products on the market which make similar claims. I'vefound nothing better, or more reliable than the Hyland In-Line Drone Valves.

 

Iain Robertson - Pipe Major of the New Zealand Police Pipe Band.

 

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