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 Post subject: Re: Flageolet!
PostPosted: Fri Sep 20, 2019 10:10 pm 
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I use a pipestem made of amber colored plastic, sold as a replacement stem for a Missouri Meerschaum Corn Cob Pipe. The end of the stem measures 7.6 mm. so requires only a very small amount of 'fitting'. The additional bonus is that the stem will accept a six mm pipe filter, similar to those by Dr. Grabow or Medico, or the Italian balsa wood inserts. These help to control the condensation that inevitably occurs.
Some flagelots, historically, had a chamber in the top bulb to house a wad of woolen batting to absorb this moisture.


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 Post subject: Re: Flageolet!
PostPosted: Sat Sep 21, 2019 7:54 am 

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whistlecollector, I'm afraid my meager experience leaves me uncertain. It's not green or even greenish and there are two hairline cracks. On the other hand it looks like shiny plastic, the uniform blackness and lack of discernible grain made me think it was synthetic and it's warm to the touch like wood or ebonite. If ebony it certainly shows the fall off in quality of wood over the last century as it is finer and more uniform than the ebony fingerboards on my fretted instruments. My blackwood flute from 1897 has obvious grain and slightly uneven color.

Bob, my pipestems have the filter compartment as well but I never thought to put in a filter. I'll try it. I'm collecting pipestems with different sized openings, and may alter a few for even more air capacity so that I can experiment with what works best for me. That's a potentially big advantage over the ivory beak.

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