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CHEVRETTE
(also called Cabrette and Chabrette)

France ~ Limousins
conical bore chanter with double-blade reed; 2 cylindrical bore drones with single-blade reeds



General Comments:

The Chevrette is one of a number of continental bagpipes employing a common stock for the chanter and tenor drone. Note the mirror set into the stock - as with other superficially decorative features of various bagpipes, this has the intended function of warding off the "evil eye."

There's a bit of confusion in the literature about what this pipe should be called, and local naming conventions also seem to be in play. "Chevrette," "Cabrette," and "Chabrette" have been heard here.

Musical Notes:


The scales and key signatures given may be regarded as approximations; bagpipes may deviate from conventional standards in absolute and relative pitch.


The French Chevrette being played by Sean Folsom.
The chanter and tenor drone. The key on the chanter is normally protected, with only its finger-pad exposed, by the ivory cover, here shown retracted, called a fontenelle. Note the vent-hole - the lowest hole on the chanter; this determines the low note of the pipe.

This key-and-cover arrangement is also found on certain Italian Zampognas.
The pipes out of their stocks, showing the reeds.


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