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General penny whistle or music discussions
@Papasims, I like the tone of the Dixon brass "Trad" models. I have them in high E, D, C, Bb, and low G. They all sound pretty nice except the C, which I can't stand to play and takes way too much breath for very little volume.
I think there's a point where a maker has to switch to a bigger diameter tube when working their way down from key of high D. Sometimes it seems to be at C, sometimes at Bb. The Dixon Trad brass is a bigger diameter then the high D, the same size tube as the Bb. But the Bb works and sounds lovely for me, whereas the C requires way more work and doesn't 'sing' for me no matter what I do. If you have trouble on the Dixon brass Bb then i advise you to steer clear of the C! Of course any larger whistle is going to require some extra care in finger placement and breath control- I find larger whistles take some getting used to. But if I spend an hour or so playing one, I always wind up making it sound better than when I sat down with it.
The more I jump around between my various whistles the less I can get better at playing a particular one, because each whistle is different. But it's such a hard choice to purposely stick to just one or two whistles for a long while, when one has a dozen fun whistles in various keys and materials to grab....
updated by @strumelia: 08/31/18 01:24:10PM