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A few years ago, I wrote about pochettes after learning about them from my friend Michael Lavelle, who had just made one. It was a copy of the famous Clapisson pochette made by Antonio Stradivari in 1717, with an intriguing variant – it had an owl’s face instead of a scroll. That instrument was bought by a musician from Belgium, which encouraged Mike to make another, as shown below.


pochette 1


Pochette 2


Mike’s second pochette is now looking for a good home. If you are interested, send me an email ( and I’ll put you in touch with him. The price, which includes a bow and a case, is £850.



  1. Do you have plans or drawings/templates. If so, where can you get them or would you be willing to sell a copy, if possible?

    • Christopher Martyn
    • Posted February 5, 2023 at 6:02 pm
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    Plans for a pochette are available here: although this instrument differs from the one described in my post.

    The Clapisson pochette is in the Musée de la Musique in Paris. Their website indicates that photographs and drawings of the instrument are available.

    There is a series of videos by Kimon Argyropoulos about making a copy of the Clapisson. They’re available on YouTube

    Claude Lebet has written a book on pochettes: La Pochette du Maître à Danser
    ISBN 13: 9788862614238

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