Glossary: Bechonnet, Joseph (1820-1900)

Luthier from Effiat at the border between Auvergne and Bourbonnais. Joseph Bechonnet continued the developement of the “cornemuse” (bagpipe) of that region. He built very intricately ornamented instruments.

Bechonnet ist renowned for the introduction of  a third drone in the boitier behind the chanter and his adaption of the “accordion-folding” bellows. Orginal instruments can be found in the virtual bagpipe museum.