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 Post subject: What's this?
PostPosted: Sun Jan 20, 2019 8:44 am 
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There's an eBay auction for a Ward & Son, Liverpool piccolo here. There's also another part in the case and shown in the photos. Any idea what it is or what it does? Some sort of whistle head for the piccolo? Think it's original or something later?

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 20, 2019 9:19 am 
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It would appear so, by looking at the sixth photo, & part of the original purchase.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 20, 2019 9:31 am 
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Flageolet headjoint.
Wikipedia wrote:
In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, certain English instrument makers started to make flageolets with six finger-holes on the front. These instruments are called "English flageolets" and were eventually produced in metal as tin whistles. The keys number between none and six. Some were produced with changeable top joints which allowed the flageolet to be played as a flute or fife.

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The flageolet is composed of several parts: the ivory beak serves as the instrument's mouthpiece; the windway is a gradually expanding part that leads to the barrel. The barrel contains the fipple and together they form the wind channel which focusses the stream of air across the window and onto the labium (lip) where the stream is split, giving rise to a musical sound.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2019 6:40 pm 
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Yup, it's an English flageolet with alternative piccolo head. I just bought it. :-) The bone beak is missing.

There are some flageolet videos on my YouTube channel and photos in my Facebook albums. (Links in my signature below.)

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