This 28" Medieval Alto Pipe is in the key of "F" and utilizes the same fingering as the recorder. The solid rosewood pipe is carved in three sections, with brass trim and key. This instrument has 8 finger holes. The included reed mounts on the inside.
The Medieval Pipe is very similar to the rauschpfeif and the cornamuse, but there are important differences. The rauschpfeif is distinctive among Renaissance windcap instruments, as it has a conical bore giving it a loud voice. The cornamuse has a similar shape as the Medieval Pipe, but the bell on the cornamuse has a closed end. The cornamuse sound escapes through the side holes of the bell giving it a very soft voice. The Medieval Pipe has a straight bore and the bell has an open end, therefore lending it a much softer sound than the rauschpfeife.
The primary art in playing windcap instruments is in maintaining strong breath pressure to keep the reed vibrating and the instrument in tune. The required breath pressure is substantial compared to flute and recorder.
Actual instrument weight is approximately 1.0 lbs.