I have been thinking about getting a low f whistle and was wondering if folks had suggestions. Phil Hardy/Cheiftan seems to be what I see alot of folks play. I have heard good things about the Burke Low F as well.Are there any other models that come to mind?


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With the benefit of hindsight, i'd get a Overton/Goldie and be done with searching :)

Although i cant recall having heard a Burke being played.. The difference between a Goldie and Chieftain though is baffling IMO.

I actually had a wonderful black "Reviol", made in New-Zealand.

As far as I can remember, it's not too pricey too.

Thanks for the thoughts. The Overtons look great and obviously you pay for that quality. Guess I better start saving.

Guess what, I have a tremendous. Tony Dixon low F. It's a great low F and much less than Overton etc. For as much as you play F, the Dixon is a great choice. Save your pennies for a H/L D..
I have a Burke F and love the tonal quality, especially on aires.

Based on my experience with Burke's Low C (aluminum), Low D Viper (brass) and Low G (composite) [see here] I'd recommend his Low F without hesitation. His site features a clip of Jerry O'Sullivan playing one.

Gary Humphrey(USA) is back to making whistles full time;



I'm surprised no one mentioned MK Whistles;


Sasha is in the UK, and many think his low whistles are as good or better than Goldie.

(Among the top makers, it gets to be a matter of taste. YMMV)


Pipers Grip web site is a little out of date but still worth looking at;


If you look through the instrument reviews you'll see write up on many of the previously recomend brands.

I love the MK lows, made by Misha Sommerville, both for tone and playability. The low F's (non-tunable) are around £100. Not cheap but you won't be dissapointed. I also have a Susato low F which is loud, in tune and stable. I think the drawbacks with Susato are the lack of feel as to where the holes are and that kind of, er recordery sound.

I have a Kerry Pro in low F. Silky, velvety tone, well constructed, medium air requirements, easy on finger spacing. Tranitions nicely between octaves. Handmade by Phil Hardy. Bought mine used and love the whistle.



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