I've recently acquired a few wood whistles and find that I actually prefer wood whistles. I like the mellow tone of wood especially. Yes, I have a few whistles made in the other materials, brass, nickel, copper, delrin, and pvc, but, I like the wood. I just received a Ralph Sweet high D rosewood whistle (Sweetheart Flute Company) and find the craftsmanship to be superb. The whistle plays two full octaves with a very sweet tone, quick response, and solid bell note. Aesthetically the rosewood whistle is absolutely gorgeous, but, who cares about looks... its the sound quality that matters. Sweet! For any whistlers who are looking for something new consider the Ralph Sweet high whistles. No wait time, these whistles are immediately available. I have added a few photos of the rosewood whistle. Enjoy!

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Bernard, nice whistle and photos!  I'm with you in preferring wood whistles.  I have the prior model of the Sweet Brazilian Rosewood whistle, a little more recorder-like in design, but a good player.  And a friend has the same whistle as yours and loves it.  I recently acquired an Olive-wood high D whistle made by a newer maker, Lloyd Heikes from Colorado .  Perhaps I'll post a photo and sound clip, its a superb player, narrower bore, medium holes, very crisp.  Post a sound clip of your whistle if you can :-)

Russ

Russ, thanks for responding. I've been buying various wooden whistles from different makers while developing an ear for the tonal differences. Setting aesthetics aside I love the wood whistle sound and feel while playing. With wood I can actually feel the air passing thru the whistle which I don't get with the metals. This Sweetheart whistle is right up there with the best of the best woodies. I've heard of whistle maker Lloyd Heikes but have no experience, yet. I'll have to work on a recording clip soon. Bernard

Bernard, here is a clip of my Heikes whistle accompanying myself on my antique Peloubet flute.  This is a set of reels at very moderate pace:

https://soundcloud.com/russ-cole/first-house-in-connaught

Hi  Bernard - So glad to find someone who has recently purchased the very instrument I am interested in.  The Sweetheart rosewood high D.  Can you tell me how easily it plays the upper register (I don't have a lot of wind power) , and how sweet these upper notes sound.  I have Clarke Megs that I practice new pieces on , and a Freeman Blackbird for expression for lower register, but, frankly, it does not sound so good on the high D, E, and G. So, I guess I am wondering if this is for me.  Thank  you so much.

Carol S.



Carol St. Clair said:

Hi  Bernard - So glad to find someone who has recently purchased the very instrument I am interested in.  The Sweetheart rosewood high D.  Can you tell me how easily it plays the upper register (I don't have a lot of wind power) , and how sweet these upper notes sound.  I have Clarke Megs that I practice new pieces on , and a Freeman Blackbird for expression for lower register, but, frankly, it does not sound so good on the high D, E, and G. So, I guess I am wondering if this is for me.  Thank  you so much.

Carol S.



Carol St. Clair said:

Hi Carol, the rosewood Sweetheart high D whistle has a very reachable upper octave. And its' sweet, nicely sweet. Yes, you push a little harder but you do that with all whistles. I would consider this Sweetheart whistle a free blowing whistle in either octave compared to other wooden whistles I have. I mean the whistle is air efficient... a little air goes a long way. You cannot compare Sweetheart high D with Clarkes (I own) because they're just apples and oranges. The Freeman's are excellent whistles, but again, different categories of instrument. The reason I purchased this rosewood Sweetheart whistle was I had met the gent that does the voicing and after a nice discussion (listening while played), I was convinced to spend the extra money for the whistle. The whistle is in the higher cost bracket, but you have to factor in satisfaction over the life of the whistle rather than just the initial outlay. Like boats or homes.

The craftsmanship is superb. Its beautiful. YMMV as far as usage, lone player, groups, large sessions or noisy events, stage, miked situations, all factors to be contended with, but, the same for all whistles. You deal with it.

I'm so happy with this rosewood Sweetheart high D whistle that I'm going back to purchase the "blackwood" version, very soon, just to have them both! Enjoy!
 
Carol St. Clair said:

Hi  Bernard - So glad to find someone who has recently purchased the very instrument I am interested in.  The Sweetheart rosewood high D.  Can you tell me how easily it plays the upper register (I don't have a lot of wind power) , and how sweet these upper notes sound.  I have Clarke Megs that I practice new pieces on , and a Freeman Blackbird for expression for lower register, but, frankly, it does not sound so good on the high D, E, and G. So, I guess I am wondering if this is for me.  Thank  you so much.

Carol S.

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