French Musette Bagpipe

French Musette Bagpipe

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This bagpipe was made by an unknown maker in France, around 1775-1799. It is a musette bagpipe, bellows blown, with a sewn leather bag with 2 covers of faded and discolored material. It has rosewood pipes and stocks with ivory ferrules. The main chanter is cylindrical with a double reed, thumhole, 7 fingerholes (the lowest double), and 6 brass keys. The auxiliary chanter is flat and pear-shaped with a blind bore, double reed, and 8 brass keys. The auxiliary chanter stock is closed at the top and joined to the main chanter stock. 4 drones are housed in a short thick shuttle drilled with 13 narrow interconnecting passages. 5 ivory sliders (2 for the bass drone) on the sides of the shuttle permit selection of drones and tuning.
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Physical Description
rosewood (overall material)
ivory (overall material)
fabric (overall material)
leather (overall material)
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Gift of The University Museum, University of Pennsylvania (through Dr. Robert H. Dyson)
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