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 Lars 'Larry Mór' Mott on October 26, 2012 at 6:55

Thanks for your moving post Cynthia, and welcome to Whistling high&low!

Music is indeed powerful!

Comment by Cynthia Smith on October 26, 2012 at 4:31

This seems like a good place to talk about whistling and physical therapy.  Twenty-nine years ago this month, I gave birth, having a most difficult and complicated labor leaving me with lifelong issues, one being a chronic case of Bell's Palsy, a paralysis of one side of the face due to compression of facial nerves.  Forehead, brow, eyes, cheeks, nose, mouth...All paralyzed on the left side of my face!  No more flute playing!  After four years of suffering, I picked up my first whistle at a festival (a feadog) and was pleased that I could play it.  After 25 years of whistling, I can not only play high and low whistles (for the flute sound), I can smile....On both sides of my face.  Eating is no longer a problem.  My left eye still tears now and then, but no more "crying" left eye.  Music, and whistling in particular, have been a healing part of my life, in many ways.

Comment by Jan Johannes Doff on September 18, 2012 at 17:22

Thanks for your motivating reply Judith. That gives me some hope and trust!

Comment by Judith Lindenau on September 18, 2012 at 9:59

My Oz...Yes, I waited a long time for the whistle. And then it came, and I thought, "Eh, nice whistle.  No big deal."  And I played it off and on for a year, alternating with my ORiordans and wood Weasel. Then the magic happened: that OZ starting to sing.  It is an amazing whistle, my favorite for solo and session work.  At one point, I had to send it back for repair, and it was returned at no charge for repairs, within a month (not bad, considering the distance and the shipping from US to Australia.  The wait to get it was worth it: it's my favorite whistle, and I own some pretty high end instruments....

Comment by Lars 'Larry Mór' Mott on September 18, 2012 at 9:52

Jan, i got my Syn set from Doc at the irish flute store, think he has them in stock.

The Irish flute store

Comment by Jan Johannes Doff on September 18, 2012 at 9:44

@ Lars and Alexander: thanks for the replies guys! I will have a look at the SYN website in case the Oz turns out to be a fata morgana.

Comment by Alexander on September 18, 2012 at 8:49

@ Jan Johannes

It was mostly done through Internet research and Tony Hinnigan review, which I consider as very valid.

I then had the option to buy a SIN whistle which I am very happy with. I agree that it is par with the Burke whistle. 

Comment by Lars 'Larry Mór' Mott on September 18, 2012 at 8:00

Well Steven, the SYN is pretty pure sounding (if you're into that sound it's brilliant) it has very nice (to me) back pressure, very nicely in tune with itself and the rest of the A=440hz world :)

Nitpicking, the C-nat is a wee bit sharp with oxxooo fingering, it really wants oxxxoo
It's the kind of whistle you pick up before any of the others when you just feel like playing a tune or two.

Comment by Steven Brown on September 18, 2012 at 7:52

What do you like about the Syn, Lars? Like most pipers, I dabble (quite a lot now)with whistles: I have a Dixon Trad D & E, a Jerry Freeman tweaked C, an Alba low D, and a Dixon A. It's fun playing the other keys now and again, but of course a good D whistle is the thing to have: so now I'm planning to invest in a good D whistle. However, choosing one is a total minefield :o)  so I'm kean to hear other opinions. I was considering a Chieftain tuneable. Anyone have experience of that one? Any other recommendations?

Comment by Lars 'Larry Mór' Mott on September 18, 2012 at 7:18

Jan, maybe you should try SYN? The investment won't kill you ($100-ish for a D with extra C body) and i find it quite on par with the Burke actually.


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