I'll start off with a tweaking tip for Clarke whistles. This one's good as a stock Clarke nearly makes you keel over dead after the first tune. After this tweak, the air requirement is down like 200% and the sound and intonation is still the same.

 

 

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Oh wow I am sure this is a useful tip.
Interesting, Lars. I'll have to buy me a Clarke first, though hahahah.

Susato O-ring tweak

Said to make the top most notes in second octave easier to blow and hence less shrill.

You simply put an o-ring right below the windway

Tried it with a 10 mm dia. O-ring on my Susato D-whistle, and it did make a wee difference.

In all honesty i still find the Susato sounding like a turbocharged plastic recorder.. :)

Interesting article about breathing, the oh- so important part of playing whistle : )

http://www.adrianabreukink.com/ADRIANA/INHALEROREXHALER

Hahaha I have a Clarke, and I'll be honest, I don't play it that often because I don't have Michael Phelps-like lung capacity.

I've been playing a susato for years, and I've never heard a more apt description!   I cringe when ever I have to hold anything above high G for more than a nano-second.  I might invest in an O ring, just to see if that helps. 

I did something similar to a Clark by accident once.... I set a book on it by accident, then someone sat on the book.  I thought it got easier to play, so I'm glad to know I was just "tweaking" my whistle not abusing it.

Hahahaha

Alright, I have another question. I actually have a Feadog, and I'm wondering if anyone thinks it's one of the squeakiest things they ever heard sometimes and if they've got tips to combat this. LOL Maybe I'm a worse player than I thought....

I had a Clarke as my first whistle. After many months of banging it around, it was somehow miraculously perfect - a friend was very surprised to find out that it was a Clarke. Soon after, me little heart was broken when it finally rusted through from the inside. I vowed to never own another whistle that would rust.


Jenni said:

I did something similar to a Clark by accident once.... I set a book on it by accident, then someone sat on the book.  I thought it got easier to play, so I'm glad to know I was just "tweaking" my whistle not abusing it.

I have one too, and its very squeaky.  Would love to hear some fixes. :)

Sarah Elizabeth said:

Alright, I have another question. I actually have a Feadog, and I'm wondering if anyone thinks it's one of the squeakiest things they ever heard sometimes and if they've got tips to combat this. LOL Maybe I'm a worse player than I thought....



Poiboy said:

I have one too, and its very squeaky.  Would love to hear some fixes. :)

Sarah Elizabeth said:

Alright, I have another question. I actually have a Feadog, and I'm wondering if anyone thinks it's one of the squeakiest things they ever heard sometimes and if they've got tips to combat this. LOL Maybe I'm a worse player than I thought....

If you put some blu tac (good) or candle wax (better) in the cavity under the airway channel it improves the Feadog in my experience. Instructions here: http://www.chiffandfipple.com/tweak.html

Worked for me.

 I also tried the Clarke tweak it worked. I like the sound of the Clarke but it is pretty inconsistent across the 2 octaves in terms of note strength and yes, it takes a lot of air.

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