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Jury Still Out, But...
Posted by PJM on 13th Feb 2019
It's been less than a week since I received the Dri-Flo, so it's still early, but the outlook is most positive. I installed - twice - the same day I received the Dri-Flo, and was pleased with the ease of installation (in a Bannatyne WMC bag). The first install I skipped taping the cups to the stocks, thought better of it, and for peace of mind installed again with tape. I'm a wet blower, and after thirty minutes of playing I pulled the reeds out, and the reeds and stocks were bone dry. I have not discerned any change in tone. Starts and stops are perfect, but I don't play in a band anymore, so it's not an issue for me anyway. What would be an issue would be added weight and bag obstruction. With the Dri-Flo there is no noticeable added weight, and the pipes and bag fold up in the case as though there is nothing in the bag. The bottom line is, if it's good enough for Willie...
Flexible Moisture Control
Posted by Michael Lee Rose on 10th Feb 2019
I was very happy with the purchase. It was delivered quickly, was easy to install and works great. I was looking for something flexible to go into my Small Extended Canmore Bag. Very Happy with results.
Compact, easy to install and very efficient
Posted by David McNally on 19th Jun 2018
I recently purchased a Bannatyne dri-flo in preparation for a upcoming contest where I knew the humidity was going to be high. I have a similar system made by someone else, so I was confident that this would yield the same excellent result. Not only did it meet those expectations, it greatly exceeded them! They were easy to install, added hours to my playtime with no fear of moisture buildup and I still haven't had to change the gels. The flexibility provided by both the rubber cuffs and the tubes themselves was a great advantage as I could set my pipes down and not worry about a tube popping out. There was only a slight loss of drone volume which is usually a concern with systems like this. I would definately buy again, plus J.Higgins got them too me super fast which was great in the time pinch I was in for the contest. I will happily recommend Bannatyne Dri-flow and J. Higgins to others; friends, bandmates and students alike.
Great drone moisture control system
Posted by David Van Buskirk on 6th Mar 2018
My instructor recommended I give the Bannatyne Dri-flo system a shot. After some searching, the only stateside store I could find carrying it was J. Higgins (which is fine with me. They’re reputable and affordable with good shipping). And at about $50, it was well within an affordable range to at least try out.
When I received the package, I was apprehensive. I’m not one for messing with something if it’s not broken, so knowing I had to remove my drone stocks to put the cups on made me nervous. Luckily Bannatyne and Willie McCallum had a video on YouTube of Willie uninstalling and reinstalling stocks on his Bannatyne Willie McCallum hybrid bag (which I use). Once the cups are on, reinstalling is a cinch.
The gels are easy to take care of and the instructions included tell you what to do once they needed to be recharged. For me, it’s 30 minutes at 320 degrees Fahrenheit every single time. Putting the gels back in each tube is tricky if you don’t have a funnel. But make one out of paper, with a little tape, and each tube is filled in seconds. You get enough gels for about 3 sets of tubes, so it’s not a big deal if some get lost at some point.
Putting the Dri-flo system in takes an extra 45 seconds for me. Taking them out is about the same amount of time. I put them in and take them out every single time I play my pipes. I don’t leave them installed overnight or anything like that.
The benefits have been bone-dry drone reeds and tongues. Strike-ins are easier. The sound of my drones is a little less harsh and loud and a little more refined (at least on my shoulder they sound that way). I’d definitely recommend this for ease of setup and tear down as well as improvement in drone volume and tone.
No Dust, Easy Set-up
Posted by Brad Logan on 16th Jan 2018
My instructor uses the Bannatyne Dri-Flo system and recommended it to me as I’m a fairly wet blower. The initial set-up is simple with the black cups; removing and reinstalling the tubes is a breeze.
This was also my first order with J. Higgins. Purchasing was easy and shipment was fast. I’ll be a regular customer in the future.