Wooden pitch pipe


Category Flageolets & recorders, Other collectables
Period 1830-1900
Place of origin Germany (?)
Description Wooden pitch pipe
Materials Stained & varnished maple wood (?)
Dimensions Total length 205 mm (plunger fully inserted
Diameter 30 mm
Weight 48 g
Condition Sold as is, for restoration
Price (€) €120.00
Ref 1020


Wooden pitch pipe

Wooden pitch pipes like this one were used in 18th and 19th century churches that did not have an organ, to give the first note for a hymn. This pitch pipe comprises round pipe made of stained and varnish maple (?) and a separate plunger.
It is interesting to note that the plunger has a hole which can be closed with one finger so that the pitch pipe then sounds a third lower. So, the conductor can already give the choir two notes to start them off!

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