Falk Watertrap(C) - Assembly and Operating Instructions
Download Mounting Instructions:
In the Falk-Watertrap assembly and operating instructions, the assembly in bagpipes - with and without zipper - is described in detail. On the right you can download the instructions as a PDF file.
Mounting the Chanterstock into leather bags:
This installation option is very simple and can be carried easily by female hands. Also no hose clamp is required. Download mounting instruction
The Falk-Watertrap was developed more than 20 years ago especially for leather bags. Falk Watertraps can naturally also be used just as well for synthetic or combined bags. It is so easy to use that you will frequently forget to empty it. It is precisely for this reason that the aluminium case is so long. There are no moveable or wearing parts so the watertrap always works.
The Falk-Watertrap can stay in leather bags without zippers and without having to be dismantled for many years. Some Falk-Watertraps have been in use reliably for as long as 10 years without being cleaned or dismantled.
To prevent lime deposits, the Falk-Watertrap should not be dried. In addition, the aluminium case most certainly prevents the formation of mould. Leftovers of food also do not reach the bag. The water rinses them out again when the water is poured out. It is a self-cleaning system.
Should you have any questions about the Falk-Watertrap, call us (Phone: 0049 (0) 4480-948-932) or write an email: falk.paulat (At) directbox.com
, especially if your problem is not covered in the topics below.
1. Small drops of water form on the drone reeds.
Oscillation of the reeds cause the residual humidity to condense into water droplets on the drone reeds. However, they do not interfere.
To decrease condensation on the drones, the tongues must be adjusted to use only a small amount of air. Experiments have shown that short tongues, such as for example EZEE Drone Reeds, clearly produce less water than long tongues.
2. After a short time, the drone reeds are blocked by water droplets
Here several causes are possible
Drone stoppers also oscillate and promote the formation of water. Furthermore, they prevent the drone reeds from drying. It is only a matter of training to be able to play without them.
2.2 Canister system:
In the case of a canister system the air blown in flows directly into the bag. This causes the production of moisture. After installing the Falk-Watertrap it takes some time until the moisture disappears.
2.3 Drone reeds
The air throughput of the drone reed is too high.
2.4 Playing in the winter time:
When playing in cold conditions, a large amount of moisture is formed. If you are playing for approximately 2 hours, you should only play with one tenor drone. The second tenor drone should be used as a reserve if too much moisture has formed.
Importantly: During breaks, the bagpipes should not be taken into a warm environment. They should also be kept in a cold environment during transport (for example in the boot of the car.
A lot of moisture forms on the inside if the drones are warm and this moisture runs into the drone reed. In this case the Falk-Watertrap cannot help.
3. Does the Falk-Watertrap have to be removed and dried after playing?
No, it does not have to be removed and dried and what is more it should not be removed! A moist Falk-Watertrap condenses the humidity more effectively than a dry one. See also the tips in the assembly instructions.
4. Must I take the chanter with the reed out of the chanter stock?
Reeds break more often due to repeated installation and removal than by playing. That`s why the Falk-Watertrap was constructed in such a manner that the chanter can stay mounted with the reed.
5. I have mould in the bag or in the reed even though this should not be the case according to the description!
Mould is very bad and endangers one`s health. To prevent the formation of mould, the Falk-Watertrap is made of aluminium and not of cheap plastic. The rubber part is highly polished on the inside, the spring is made of Niro. In addition, it is a self-cleaning system.
The formation of mould may have a number of causes:
5.1 The mould already existed before the Falk-Watertrapwas fitted.
The bag and the stocks must be cleaned thoroughly with a mixture of vinegar and water, or with MacClens disinfectant for Pipe Bags. This is only possible if the bags have a zipper. After cleaning, the bag must be checked weekly for the formation of new mould. Also after cleaning, the bagpipes should be kept with an open zipper and in an open suitcase. If the mould cannot be removed after repeated cleaning - buy a new bag!
5.2. The Falk-Watertrap has fallen out of the blowstock and I didn`t notice that this has happened.
Usually mould forms in the chanter reed and then the chanter reed cannot be used any more. Check the bag for mould, if there is any mould, remove it and use a new chanter reed. Then mount aFalk-Watertrap.
6. Can seasoning interfere with the Falk-Watertrap or even destroy it?
Seasoning cannot influence the function or destroy it.
7. Is the Falk-Watertrap also suitable for a mouth-blown small pipe?
We have a Walsh mouth blown small pipe with Falk-Watertrap in use. THese pipes can be played for many hours without even the slightest formation of moisture. It can be fitted without any alterations being necessary. Nevertheless, please contact us if you wish to use it with small pipes.
8. The Falk-Watertrap has a long warranty period. What if I no longer have the more sales receipt?
It`s simple: Get in touch with me. Because there are virtually no complaints, we will find a very inexpensive solution.
9. The cone clamp loosens and the Falk-Watertrap falls into the bag.
9.1 The blow stock was not degreased before assembly of the Falk-Watertrap (This is explained in the installation instructions).
9.2 The adapter must be degreased and the surface roughened slightly.
9.3 Since June 2011, I have been using a softer rubber material. The Falk-Watertrap stays in place even in in a very smooth Polypenco blow stock.
10. I was told to use the assembly with the "Rubber-Drone-Flexi-Joint". What advantages and disadvantages does this assembly have?
10.1 The "rubber bell" is made of PVC and hardens very quickly and breaks off.. Basically, the Falk-Watertrap can also be installed with the bell.
10.2 Customer who used the bell complained that dirt accumulated between the "rubber bell" and the blowstock and returned to the classic cone assembly, because no dirt can collect there .