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Tin Whistles - What brands to buy, materials, other advice?
Topic Started: 13 Jan 2013, 12:53 AM (22,685 Views)
Jack Campin
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With some makers it may help identify when it was made, since they changed colours between different batches. For some makes, bare brass whistles (my preference) have red tops and nickel plated ones have blue tops. Apart from that there are no implications for quality.
Edited by Jack Campin, 15 Feb 2016, 07:06 PM.
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Roberto
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Thanks for the explanation Jack. I was thinking it was a some complicated nomenclature or meaning for many colors on whistles mouth pieces.
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acox
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18 Jan 2013, 05:08 PM
It's easier to start with a good whistle and graduate to a crap one (like the Feadog). A player with a lot of experience will know how to make any whistle sound good.

The Freeman tweaked whistles are a good compromise. The Susato is reliable, but shrieking and unsubtle, particularly at the top end.
Ah yes, the Feadog tin whistle. "raw"? Yeah, but very nice....some of us like that "rawness" and still appreciate the sweetness the ocarina! I love my Feadog!
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yordan
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The only instrument I have thrown away in the bin, is a Generation D. Awful to say at least. I have read that Generation are one of the best IF you get a good specimen. I assume the worst of all landed to me. You can hear just the first 3 or 4 tones, the second octave you need to completely forget. I was reading of all possbile tweaks, in addition I have found out that burrs of metal remained inside the body from drilling the finger holes. After fixing them with fine file, I was able to play the first octave plus 3 tones of the second one. At the end I was so frustrated, that i throw it away, despite all improvements and effort I have invested in it.
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Andy Cox
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15 Feb 2016, 09:36 PM
The only instrument I have thrown away in the bin, is a Generation D. Awful to say at least. I have read that Generation are one of the best IF you get a good specimen. I assume the worst of all landed to me. You can hear just the first 3 or 4 tones, the second octave you need to completely forget. I was reading of all possbile tweaks, in addition I have found out that burrs of metal remained inside the body from drilling the finger holes. After fixing them with fine file, I was able to play the first octave plus 3 tones of the second one. At the end I was so frustrated, that i throw it away, despite all improvements and effort I have invested in it.
i've only had to work on Cooper whistles, and I do love them too--cheap and raw! I have a couple of expensive ones, but then I ask why? what was the original intent, its sound, etc....
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