SLOVAK BAGPIPES

Bagpipes - Southern Slovakia


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In the areas of hungarian and mixed hungarian-slovak settlement, three-voice bagpipes of the hungarian type were used. The diferrence between these and the pipes from Podpolanie is represented by a small hole at the top of the melody pipe. It is called a flea-hole and is used to vibrate tones and to play chromatic semitones. When open, it raises the pitch of any tone fingered a half tone. A chanter with the fleahole has, in comparison with other bagpipes of our country, diferrent fingering and playing style. Some of such instruments, that were used in slovak areas, had the fleahole glued up with dough or resin.

Tuning:
e to a, cowhorn bells.

Prices:
• simple – no adornments, cherry wood, copper rings, leather bag, brass or cowhorn bells – 380 euro
• simple adornments copper or brass rings with engraved ornaments, „mirror“ on the goathead stock, drone parts decoratively turned, woods cherry, apricot, pear, plum – 450 euro
• fully decorated – as above, plus goathead stock with metal, bone and horn intarsions, darkest plum wood, bag covered in velvet and brocate coat – 550 euro
• pewter inlayed – woods pear, plum – 600 euro

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