Marktsackpfeife

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The Marktsackpfeife (or "German bagpipe") is a visual reconstruction of medieval bagpipes after descriptions by Michael Praetorius and depictions by Albrecht Dürer as well as numerous medieval depictions. While the exterior is reconstructed from these sources, the interior has its own distinct characteristics: GHB, Bombard and own ideas has been merged into a new design by pipe makers Klaus Stecker and Roman Streisand in the early 1980s creating a modern bagpipe with no historical counterparts. "Medieval Pipes" is thus a misnomer, since no actual bagpipes from Middle Ages have survived. The sound is often similar to the Scottish Great Highland Bagpipe, due to the widespread use of GHB-reeds, although own reeds (Arundo donax, PE and PS) are also used by pipe makers. The main distinction between Hingland Pipes and Marktsackpfeife lies in its internal bore - GHB features a conical bore with a linear profle, while the other one often possess a slightly parabolic non-parallel bore, which often results in a sound somehow similar to an oriental Zurna. Commonly tuned in A-Dorian/A minor it is pitched in a' 440Hz and used by musical groups specialising in medieval tunes. Often to be seen at medieval festivals and markets.