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Bagpipes of Troyes

A recent trip to the East of France (for reasons not unconnected with instrument making) delivered an unexpected bonus for me; a magnificent series of stained glass windows in and around Troyes, showing bagpipes together with other instruments. A particularly interesting feature is that many of the windows are dated. Most come from the 15th and 16th centuries, and that's particularly interesting as this is the period during which lathe technology advanced with the creation of the flywheel (converting reciprocal to circular motion) enabling finer, more ornate turning than was possible with the pole lathe....

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By Kirkby, Andrea Trad

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