A French grand cornemuse, 18th c, private collection

The instrument is incomplete, with some parts modern.  The chanter is known to be original, and the top joint of the bass drone known to be a reproduction. These images are based on full-size xerox originals, which are (unfortunately) the best quality images I have at hand.  The pewter inlay is particularly spectacular on this instrument.

The images have been scaled to fit on the page, but the files are actually at much higher resolution.   They can be downloaded and viewed in any image editing program.  These images are not displayed to scale on this page, but the source images should scale correctly.

These are from my own working notes, with no guarantee regarding the information’s accuracy.   I’ve included this information simply because it is not documented elsewhere, and it may be of value to others.  If you have more to add, please comment.


Chanter

Composite_Chanter

LOA:                 635

  • tenon:              32.4         dia: 22.2

  • Chanter top:    64           dia: 25.7

  • Bell                  635         dia: 66

bore:

  • Staple socket:  0 to 35, about dia 7

  • Bore throat:    35         dia about 4

Fingerholes:  Hole diameter from tracing, actual hole throat a bit smaller.

  • Th:    139        dia: 5

  • 1        170         dia: 6

  • 2        202         dia: 7

  • 3        232         dia: 8.5

  • 4        301         dia: 9

  • 5        335         dia: 9×12

  • 6        373         dia: 8.5

  • 7        405         dia: 6.5    doubled in renaissance style, one hole plugged with wax


Top joint, Bass Drone

Composite_Bass_Drone--Top_Joint

LOA: 453

Bore:   9.4


Middle Joint, Bass Drone

Composite_Bass_Drone--Middle_Joint

LOA:  442

Bore:   9.1


Bottom Joint, Bass Drone

 

Composite_Bass_Drone--Lower_Joint

LOA:  442

Bore:   7.5


Stock-Drone.BMP (35400 bytes)

Base Drone Stock


Blowpipe

BlowPipe


 

tracings

Some rough rubbings of inlays

Court Musette, late 17th Century, Private collection

(Contents of this page copyright 1999, Norm Sohl)

musette_photo_A

Chanter, Stocks, petite chamelou.   Note the threaded bell–this detail was noticed only after submitting the instrument to x-ray inspection.

musette_photo_B

Chanter, Stocks, petite chamelou.   Different view.  The chanter bell is fully assembled in this picture.

Musette_Xray_Chanter4

X-ray of chanter, showing side view of fingerholes, with details of undercutting.

Musette_Xray_Chanter3

X-ray of chanter, showing side view of keyed holes, with details of undercutting.

musette_Xray_Chanter

Positive print of same view.

musette_Xray_Small_Chanter2

Small chanter (petite chamelou)

Musette_Xray_Small_Chanter

Small Chanter, side view.