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et la cornemuse ? (and the French bagpipe?[edit]

Il est remarquable que cet article parvienne à ne parler de la France qu'une seule fois et seulement de la musette de cour lorsque le même article en français évoque dix-huit autres instruments ! — Preceding unsigned comment added by 121.74.158.60 (talk) 06:39, 11 May 2012 (UTC)

Summary: it's odd that the article doesn't talk much about France and its many pipes, mentioning only the musette de cour. The equivalent article in French mentions 18 kinds of French pipes
You raise an interesting point, and the answer would include:
  • On an English-language page, there's a natural bias towards pipes familiar to English-language speakers
  • Most of the mentions of specific pipes on the page are about technical details (drone, chanter, reeds, etc). Since in most of those cases French pipes have the same features as other pipes, it isn't necessary to single the French pipes out since an Irish uilleann is a somewhat more familiar example of "bellows" than most French pipes would be to an English speaker.
  • In the "History" section, we don't happen to cover well the main historical issues where France would be prominent. Off the top of my head, significant historical aspects of French piping would include popularising bellows (that's French, yes?) and also the fashion for aristocrats playing bagpipes as a "pastoral" hipster statement, pretending to be "rustic" and all. Some brief proportional mention of either of those would be a way to mention France and also fill in a few gaps in the narrative. MatthewVanitas (talk) 16:55, 7 August 2012 (UTC)

Greek bagpipe[edit]

el:Γκάιντα please check out this page of greek gaida(macedonia and thrace) γκάιντα and tsampouna τσαμπούνα in greek islands so it could be written together with the other bagpipes. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 79.129.63.49 (talk) 14:15, 18 May 2013 (UTC)

Hello, is the material you're referring to not properly covered at these:
  • Tsampouna, a double-chantered, droneless bagpipe played mostly in the Greek Island
  • Askomandoura, a Cretan bagpipe similar to the tsampouna
  • Dankiyo, a bagpipe played in the historically ethnic Greek regions of Trabzon and Rize in what is now Turkey
  • Gaida, a type of bagpipe played in northern Greece as well as parts of Macedonia and the Balkans
To help anyone looking for Greek bagpipes, I've made a disambiguation page to connect them all: Greek bagpipes.
MatthewVanitas (talk) 17:51, 18 May 2013 (UTC)

Generalities that make for false statments[edit]

"especially among fire department, military and police forces in the United Kingdom". Not in most of England or Wales. Bagpipes are less common in Wales (Music of Wales) than male voice choirs are in Scotland (Music of Scotland)! -- PBS (talk)

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Bagpipe related illness[edit]

Not sure if this should be put in the Bagpipes article. Apparently one man never cleaned his bagpipes, and the various fungi that lived in it would get into his lungs every time he played, eventually causing his death. Cleaning out the bagpipes would have fixed the problem. The University Hospital of South Manchester coined the term "bagpipe lung" for this, although there are not other deaths attributed to it yet (?).

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/article97743657.html

Ll1324 (talk) 14:10, 25 August 2016 (UTC)

No; there's no evidence that the guy's illness had anything to do with the pipes, and in fact the set of pipes were unusually well looked after. No fungi from his pipes were found in his lungs. In short, it's a bizarre story that came along at a quiet time for the media, hence it's popularity. Calum (talk) 22:56, 28 October 2016 (UTC)