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GAJDY
Serbia

cylindrical bore chanter, single-blade reed; secondary "contra" chanter, single-blade reed;
one cylindrical bore drone with gourd resonator, single-blade reed



General Comments:

This most interesting bagpipe has several unusual features. Most obvious is the use of a good-size gourd as a resonator on the end of the drone. Hidden from immediate view is the chanter configuration - while at a glance it looks like an ordinary single chanter, it in fact houses two bores and two reeds. There's the obvious bore, with its multiple fingerholes and then there's a nearly hidden secondary bore within the same structure, with its own reed and a single fingerhole. The only real visual clue to the nature of the pipe is the final two-part opening of the bell.


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 Serbian Gajdy (pronounced guy-dee) being played by Sean Folsom.
The chanter ends in a typical horn-shaped bell, but in this instance it's carved of wood rather than made of the more often seen cow horn.

The bell section has been rotated for the photograph.
Detail showing the gourd resonater at the end of the drone.

This is not a common feature among bagpipes, which is somewhat odd because several other pipes do use enlarged hollow drone terminations - among them the Scottish Highland pipe and the Spanish Gaita.
The tricky two-reed configuration of the chanters, along with the more conventional drone reed.


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