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Tabor pipe

Small wooden pipe turned and bored from a single piece of mahogany, with 6 fingerholes and one thumbhole, of which 3 are blocked. Possibly, a Schofield system adaptation. According to information given by organologist Anthony C. Baines in 1975, this instrument was ""originally a normal three-hole pipe (...) experimentally pierced with four extra holes, for playing as a two-hand flageolet. Three of these have been plugged up but leaving the 4th of them, which in fact gives one of the tabor pipe (three-hole) notes better than normal tabor pipe fingering does on this particular pipe."" Possibly, a later Schofield system adaptation. The instrument's ramp is partially covered with a brass plate. Nominal pitch: D. This pipe was once used with the Morris Dancers in Chipping Campden, Cotswold district, in the early 19th century.

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    first half of 19th century
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    Gloucester Life
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    London-made or possibly France-imported
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  • Repository:Gloucester Life
  • Measurements:Height: 315mm