The Cornemuse Bechonnet was developed by Joseph Bechonnet in the middle of the 19th century. Bechonnet extended the Cornemuse Du Centre with a third drone and a bellow.

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The Cornemuse Bechonnet has a strong, radiating and particularly full sound because of its third drone. Its medium volume make it suitable for indoor and outdoor play. In a traditional ensemble the Cornemuse Bechonnet is often played together with hurdy-gurdys and diatonic accordions.

The Cornemuse Bechonnet has a cone-shaped chanter and three cylindrical drones. It is normally played with a bellow, but can also be built with a blow stick.


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 G/C (16 pouces).

The drones have single reeds. They are all tuned an octave apart. The low drone has its own stock and protrudes obliquely forward. The tenor drone runs parallel to the chanter, as it does on the Cornemuse Du Centre. The small drone plays in unison with the key tone. It is located on the back side of the chanter stock.