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Automatic(!) bagpipe from 17th century

 
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Olle
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2011 2:58 pm    Post subject: Automatic(!) bagpipe from 17th century Reply with quote

Someone want to try this? Smile

I stumbled across this automatic bagpipe player on the German bagpiping forum. The design is by Robert Fludd (15741637).


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2011 8:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

UAAAH...That is one of the most beautifully bizarre things I've ever beheld. Did Mr. Fludd wake up in the middle of the night in a sweat after dreaming about this? Is the cow making steam??? Thank you, Olle!
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noordung



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 19, 2011 10:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting device, though it doesn't surprise me that it hasn't replaced the ordinary pipes in all that centuries... But why the bag? Doesn't that drum-like thing obviously already act as an air reservoaire? Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 22, 2011 7:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

To me it looks like a simple barrel organ with a great saving in extra pipes...
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2012 2:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

HA! I'll have to remember this one.
I wonder if the theory was ever put to practice, and what could it have sounded like?
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Yuri
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 3:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Like a bagpipe with only four notes available...
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Olle
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 3:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Still, that's four times more than the number of available notes on a Sruti Upanga, or any other of the ancient chanter-less bagpipes.
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