Lent by the Musée des musiques populaires, Montluçon
These bagpipes, made by Joseph Béchonnet (1820—1900)
of Effiat, have been meticulously crafted with remarkable skill. One of the characteristics
of Béchonnet's bagpipes is a miniscule drone inserted into the back of the stock,
giving it a rounded shape. These have bellows, which Béchonnet introduced to replace
the blowpipe, a large drone, and a stock containing a chanter with a parallel drone and a
high-pitched drone at the back. A new cover has recently been added to the leather bag.
The instrument is made of ebony and the wood of a fruit tree painted black, and has ivory
and bone rings. The chanter is signed as follows: Béchonnet. A. Effiat. Puy-de
Dôme. The bellows: Béchonnet. A. Effiat. Puy-de-Dôme. 1880.