Whistlin' high and low

A place to discuss whistles,their makers and performers/performance. Anything whistle related is ok, keep in mind that opinions could vary in the extreme without one being more worth per se than the other, so keep it nice and polite.

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FB Irish Tin Whistle Group

Started by MickeyMcAdden Aug 21, 2017. 0 Replies

Hi, a long time lurker..There is a FB Irish Tin Whistle Group ... has some useful things for newbies..Enjoy.Continue

Teachers in Dublin?

Started by Amir ben-Amram May 9, 2017. 0 Replies

Hi All,  I'm looking for an experienced teacher to take a few lessons from during a month's stay in Dublin.   Thanks in advance!Continue

Tweaks and tips

Started by Lars 'Larry Mór' Mott. Last reply by Michel Blondeau Aug 24, 2016. 15 Replies

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…Continue

Tags: modification, Tweak, Tin Whistle, Clarke

Bernard Overton Low D and Cillian O'Briain Low D wanted

Started by Mike Wallbridge Jul 31, 2016. 0 Replies

I'm looking for an early Bernard Overton Big Hole Low D, preferably with a shortened beak. Does anyone own one they're happy to part with? I'm also after a Cillian O'Briain Low D preferably non-tuneable though I will consider tuneable too. Many…Continue

Which produces the Better Tone Wooden Whistles or a Walton metal one??

Started by James Moeller. Last reply by martin barlow Jun 2, 2015. 2 Replies

Hi Everyone:I am learning the Irish Penny Whistle and I just love it!  But I have a basic question, Which produces the better sound, a metal whistle or a wooden one?Also, where is the best place to buy a wooden one?  I work in wood my self and was…Continue

Whistling with Wood

Started by Bernard Keilty. Last reply by martin barlow Jun 2, 2015. 7 Replies



Started by Cayden. Last reply by Cayden Sep 12, 2013. 10 Replies

I am looking for John Sindt Bb/B/A whistles to complete my collection of Sindt whistles. I currently have every other key made by John Sindt. Incredible whistles! Send me a PM should you have any Sindt whistles in the desired keys that you might…Continue

New Löfgren D/C Blackwood/Brass combo whistle

Started by Lars 'Larry Mór' Mott. Last reply by Lars 'Larry Mór' Mott Jun 16, 2013. 2 Replies

Just received a shining new D/C combo whistle from the master Norseman whistlesmith :)As usual, craftsmanship, intonation and tone impeccable!…Continue

Tags: Tin whistle, High-end, whistle, Marc Löfgren

Best whistle for advancing player

Started by Brian Hall. Last reply by Cynthia Smith Apr 28, 2013. 3 Replies

I have been playing the tin whistle for a good while now, I own a Feadog D whistle and a Clarke D Penny whistle which I really enjoy playing but I am considering buying a new ''up market'' whistle as they say and would like your opinions and ideas…Continue

Any lady whistle/flute teachers teaching VIA Skype?

Started by Evyn Koyama. Last reply by Evyn Koyama Apr 14, 2013. 2 Replies

Hello everyone!I am already learning an instrument (the Koto) that takes most of my pocket money, but I really want to bring Irish Trad more into my life by changing from a long-time listener to a first-time player!Since in reality I can't afford to…Continue

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Comment by Cayden on November 10, 2012 at 2:17
Bill, I got to the main site but cannot access the message boards as a message comesmup stating "general order". I know the site has been having technical issues with regard to speed, etc.

I am hopeful that it is baxk up and running soon.

Comment by Bill Troxler on November 10, 2012 at 0:38

Hi Cayden,  I just checked the website  and it loaded without any problems.  Friday 7:38


Comment by Cayden on November 10, 2012 at 0:31
Anybody else getting error message and access problems when trying to get on Chiff & Fipple?

Comment by Cynthia Smith on November 9, 2012 at 19:26

Hi Russ!  I am very happy to be able to share my story!  I hope you share this with your offspring students so they can have a realization of just HOW healing it has been.  I wish them lots of luck in their studies....Music does make the world a better place!

Comment by Russ Cole on November 8, 2012 at 19:11

Cynthia, I am just now seeing your story.  Thanks so much for sharing it.  You are a testament to the healing power of music.  It happens that my 2 younger kids are both studying Music Therapy in college and your story reinforces what a meaningful thing that is.  Play away!  (-:


Comment by Bernard Keilty on November 8, 2012 at 18:38

I have not seen mention of a whistle album that is available called "The Humours of Ennistymon" by Davoc Rynne. It's available here 

Anyone heard it?

Comment by Cynthia Smith on November 8, 2012 at 18:34

Thank you Cayden!  Yes indeed re: all your comments!  And yes, I am keeping at it.  I am working at another album with Smitty's Kitchen, with a planned recording target of Jan., 2013.  Who would've imagined this even 10 years ago!  I thank God every day for the gift of music, my instruments, and the friends I play music with, and my instructors!

Comment by Cayden on November 8, 2012 at 12:21
Your story is very inspirational. I am happy to know that you have found relief from the Bell's Palsey through playing the whistle. It seems your time on whistle has been theraputic both physically and in terms of your overall well being. Music certainly has a healing component and your story is proof positive of that. Keep at it lass and enjoy continued healing.

Comment by Cynthia Smith on November 1, 2012 at 1:07

Thanks Lars and Sarah, for your comments!  It's been a long haul.  I've even been recording the last couple of years.  Michael Copeland, the world-famous Irish flute and whistle craftsman, is with me on both recordings (samples on my page).  He helped coach/instruct/encourage me through the last decade or so, and I am very grateful to him.

Comment by Sarah Elizabeth on October 26, 2012 at 10:04

Cynthia, that's a wonderful story! I'm so glad. It's truly impressive, and congratulations. Thanks for sharing!


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