The Grand Cornemuse Bourbonnaise is one of the central French bagpipes. It is named after the region where it originated — Bourbonnaise. Its form is similar to the Cornemuse Du Centre
The Grande Cornemuse Bourbonnaise has a strong, sonorous sound. Due to its medium volume it is suitable for indoor play as well as outdoor play. In a traditional ensemble the Grand Cornemuse Bourbonnaise is often played together with hurdy-gurdys and diatonic accordions. In polyphonic bagpipe music it takes the role of the bass voice.
The Grande Cornemuse Bourbonnaise is a mouth-blown bagpipe with a cone-shaped chanter and two cylindrical drones.
The chanter is equipped with a double reed and is played with a French, half-closed fingering. Its gamut is 1.5 octaves. Almost all chromatic tones within this range can be played. Main key is D/G (23 pouces).
The drones have single reeds. They are tuned an octave apart and a tonally matched to the chanter. The smaller drone runs parallel to the chanter, so that the left hand reaches over the drone. Chanter and drone are integrated together in an oval stock. The larger drone has its own stock. It rests on the shoulder and protrudes backwards.