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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.