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The pilai is a type of Finnish bagpipe,[1] described as "primitive",[2] and as being similar to the Russian volynka. A 1796 texts describes it as "the last of the Russian wind instruments" but noted it "appertains properly to the Finns". The same text describes it as being made with a mouthpiece, two pipes, and an undressed goatskin.[3]

A traveler named Matthew Guthrie wrote in 1795 (cited by the organologist Anthony Baines):


  1. ^ Matthew Guthrie (1795). Dissertations sur les antiquités de Russie. Trad. pp. 222–. Retrieved 25 April 2011. 
  2. ^ Auguste Wahlen; Jacques Joseph Van Beveren (1844). Mœurs, usages et costumes de tous les peuples du monde: d'après des documents and authentiques et les voyages des plus récents. Librairie historique-artistique. pp. 85–. Retrieved 25 April 2011. 
  3. ^ The Analytical review, or History of literature, domestic and foreign, on an enlarged plan. s.n.], 1788-1798. 1796. pp. 132–. Retrieved 23 April 2011. 
  4. ^ Anthony Baines (1979). Bagpipes. Pitt Rivers Museum. p. 92. Retrieved 23 April 2011.