Richard Consider corduroy. It gives at least as good a grip as velvet, doesn't wear thin patches as readily, and is a heck of a lot cheaper. I actually prefer it to velvet. Going without a cover is ok until you start to sweat. Then it can feel really icky.
Alec In a message dated 8/11/2010 1:39:01 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time, rich...@lizards.force9.co.uk writes: Greetings. I'm replacing the cover for my bag, due to replacing the leather bag with a longer necked one, which would otherwise poke out in an undignified way. I've only ever seen velvet used on bag covers so far. Is it just a fine tradition, or is there some reason why other cloths may be inappropriate? Has anyone out there any experience of other cloths and their potential drawbacks? If I do end up with a different cloth, do I get excommunicated, or burnt, or anything like that? Best wishes, Richard. To get on or off this list see list information at http://www.cs.dartmouth.edu/~wbc/lute-admin/index.html --