The Drifting Thread
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Good for you.
I had been back to my harmonicas, prior to my afternoon of 'pipe' blowing - got to keep everything working - it will be the ukes next.
Had a nice little practice this afternoon for a couple of hours.
That 'new to me' low 'G' TD ABS, my pre used TD aluminium tunable high 'D', my pre used ABS 'Eb' Susato, my recently purchased high 'D' TD Trad brass piccolo, my TD aluminium tunable 'A' (flute head), & my one piece low 'D' TD ABS flute.
Came across this website, really useful, lots of mainly old folk tunes.
I know - but they are so much cheaper than harmonicas & ukes.....
Yes, I am getting a nice collection together now, with some really nice ones.
Most of my original collection only get played occasionally now that I have better ones - but they do seem to play better now than when I first got them.....
I think I've come to the conclusion that the thicker walled whistles give the best tone.
My standard 'beginner' whistles, (Generations/Walton/Feadog), are OK, but my traditional brass, & my aluminium whistles have much better tone, & I find the polymers have a kind of softer/warmer tone to them too.
TD Trad brass high D piccolo arrived this morning, it plays well, & isn't at all shrill sounding, in fact, it has quite a nice tone.
Playing simple system flutes, whistles, & piccolos isn't that hard to do actually, that's probably the reason I get on with them so well.
I still like to try new things out - if at the right price.
An opportunity to buy/try a Susato Eb at a reasonable price (£19) has come up , it has been lying around the dealers for a couple of years, evidently, so I ordered it, this will be my first Susato.
I also came across a brand new Tony Dixon TRAD brass high D piccolo, going fairly cheaply too, (including postage £18.19).
I do like to play & switch between them often, as it keeps my interest up - also my harmonicas, between chromatics & tremolos.
I do like this music hobby.
Decided to try out a (cheap) bamboo Chinese Dizi - it arrived with some 'membrane' in a packet, no idea what it was meant for, but there seemed to be one too many holes, so I taped it up, & now I have a spare bamboo flute in 'F'.
I have been having a good time with my M&E 'F' flute this past 2 days, seemed to get the embouchure just right, on some easy tunes.
(Have also been playing my 'A' & low 'D' whistles.)
I have a feeling that may be due to the prevalence of wound strings on guitars, my ukes have fluorocarbon strings in the main - but I will also be trying it out on my steel string electric uke, with the effects that are on my amp.
I'd likely use the high G, if my fingers didn't rub together on it - the high F is tiny, but fun to play.
Well, after a period of collecting whistles, , I tend to play my low Ds, low F, As, & high F the most.
One given away, one to go shortly, keeping the rest for now (computers/laptops). I bought myself a couple of new ones when I moved, & then a couple of portable/backups, (you know how it goes.)
I bought one expensive, (to me), uke, when I found the right size. They are cheap in comparison to guitars/banjos/etc.
Then, I have my harmonicas......& whistles/flutes......
I actually had to use soap & water/dishwashing liquid to get my recently obtained aluminium whistle from an Ebay seller clean.
The fipple can be cleaned out using thin flexible plastic strip, cardboard strip, or a feather - then washed through with a soapy solution.
Hope that's a help to anyone else who finds themself with a 'dirty' whistle.
Having purchased a whistle on Ebay, (that was in a sticky, smelly, filthy state when it arrived), I needed to find out the right way to clean it - so I thought others may be interested in this video too.
Thanks for the link, Strumelia, I've grabbed the best bits & copied them to a file.
Looks like I need to get a feather for the windway, (possibly a piece of a credit card type of plastic, but not too hard/stiff), the rest I've kind of done already, but a better clean out with a (cloth covered) bottle brush won't go amiss.
(I won't be holding back, if I submit my thoughts to Ebay!)
I don't understand some people.
I've just received a low D aluminium whistle from an Ebay seller, it was sticky. smelly, & filthy inside of it! I cleaned off all the sticky muck, & washed it several times with soap & water, in the bath, inside & out, but it's still not clean, so I'll have to go & purchase a long bottle brush to get the rest of the muck out of the insides. But how should I clean the airway(?), as that will need a thorough clean too.
I've used Ebay lots, never had any problems before, I just don't understand what this person was thinking, sending a sticky, smelly, filthy whistle to a purchaser, it beggars belief.
My Ebay Davy Angus aluminium low D flute arrived this morning.
Looks quite nice, not very heavy, 3 pieces of similar length, with neoprene rings to seal the sections.
Appears to be in tune OK, second octave fairly easily obtained, not a lot of tonal difference between it & my delrin flute. Happy with my purchase.