422.112 (Single) reedpipes with double (or quadruple) reeds with conical bore

Musette. Stained boxwood with one ivory ferrule. Body joint is an irregular shape and has six tone holes and one thumbhole. Three vent holes in bell.

The term "musette" originally referred to a style of bagpipe that was popular in French aristocratic circles in the 17th and 18th centuries. From the 1830s onwards, a number of French woodwind makers began to apply the term to instruments without bags. This chanter-style musette became popular in France and later in Britain and was often used to add a rustic flavour to domestic music making.

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