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Has there ever been a pan flute with Fipples? If so what is this called?

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If not, what might be the easiest way to create such an instrument?

NOTE: I asked in chat if this question was appropriate and was encouraged to ask. It doesn't follow the guidelines exactly but isn't a specifically narrow topic either.

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I'm not sure this is exactly what you're looking for, since it isn't played quite the same way, but this is essentially what a rank of organ pipes is.

I have not heard of a handheld, mouth-blown version of these, but I'd expect them to be more difficult to play (or at least slower) because of the need to stick the fipple in your mouth each time (without banging your teeth) and form a seal with the lips. Panpipes, on the other hand, can just be slid across the lips rather quickly. But I see no reason such an instrument couldn't be made.

Edit: I just found an example online of an instrument-builder who made one such device. It was specifically constructed for a production of Mozart's The Magic Flute, in which one of the singers is required to play a set of panpipes (which is usually mimed, while the orchestra flutist plays).

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+1 for finding that link! I think there may be toy panpipes constructed like this too, for instance: partydelights.co.uk/… –  Bob Broadley Jun 9 at 17:13
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I suppose a clever instrument builder could connect all the individual fipples into a harmonica-like series of windways to make it easier to play (but without draws, only blows). –  Caleb Hines Jun 9 at 19:25
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+1 This is exactly what I am looking for. I plan to email Kevin to see if he can recommend anyone else who can make such a device(or if he he is selling already made ones). Pan flutes are good if you are sitting and are a well practiced musician, but for singers(especially those in a play) a "fipple" pan flute would be good for simple melodies. –  Liam William Jun 9 at 20:30
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If you're up for a DIY project, there are guides online for making fipple flutes out of PVC piping. You wouldn't even have to worry about the tricky question of hole placement and sizing. –  Caleb Hines Jun 9 at 20:36
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@CalebHines I am looking at several different DIY guides online. The fipple placement and design is probably the only hard part. With a hertz meter and some luck, I believe this is the easiest fipple to construct. –  Liam William Jun 10 at 15:18

Hind Ocarina makes a mouth organ that might be what you are looking for. It is similar to a panpipe in appearance, but it is basically a series of whistles in a panpipe-like arrangement.

http://hindocarina.com/ocarinas/index.php?l=product_list&c=65

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