Adventures with 'other' instruments...
Congrats, looks nice - that's got an interesting sound/tone to it, is it chromatic, with drone strings? (Is it steel strings?)
The video I mention was made by Tony Hinnigan, (of Kerry Whistles), he compared the Glenluce 'D' with his Susato 'D', & he felt it compared well with it, considering it was half the price, but it couldn't be 'pushed' as much, (i.e. less volume).
These are brand new whistles, (found whilst looking around Ebay the other day), & I thought it worth taking a chance on them.
I think that they play rather well, with a sound quite similar to the Tony Dixon ABS one piece high 'D'.
(No, I don't own any Susato whistles myself - the only plastic whistle I had was the Dixon high 'D'.)
(P.S. My embouchure on my M&E 'F' flute is coming along nicely, I'm really liking it.)
....arrived today, first impressions, they seem to play well, with a fairly easy second octave.
On closer inspection, they do seem to be the same whistle(!), exactly identical, (to me), except for the printed name on them, & the supplied cases, (of which the Recorder Workshop one is better).
So if you're looking for a plastic whistle in 'C', I'd suggest trying the Recorder Workshop one.
.......found a couple of plastic whistles in 'C' on Ebay the other day.
One is a Glenluce, (which got a pretty good recommendation from a suggested video on Chiff & Fipple), £14.95.
The other is by Recorder Workshop, £5.50.
(They both look like Susato whistles do.)
Surprised you think it weaker sounding than tenor recorder, my Yamaha was really a soft player, to my ear, but I find my Howard low D has what I call a 'fuller sound'/ 'stronger tone'.
I quite liked the tone of yours when I listened to it being played online, but decided on the Howard 'B' stock as it was cheaper, & not knowing how I'd get on with a low D finger stretch, (I sometimes still don't quite cover the holes, & get that odd sound, when you don't).
Tone wise, I think it's pretty good, it has quite a strong sound, if I get it right, (but I can't really play it yet, I need to find my embouchure on it).
Depending on the music, & how I feel, I'll add staccato, &/or slurs, just to make it mine, (sometimes even vibrato) - I think we need to interpret some tunes our own way.
I obviously used to blow mine too hard, & it was harsh sounding, but now that I'm slightly better at playing my whistles, it doesn't seem so harsh anymore, yet I still don't really like the high ones, except this one......it is somewhat strange.
So, it seems no one here does that then.
There are a few on C&F that also use a high F to tootle on in an odd moment, so I'm not alone in doing it.
Having acquired a fair few whistles in a short space of time, I have now collected together a very nice selection, from C down to a low D - however I still seem to grab up my Generation high F's when I just want to mess around, & I was just wondering if anyone else finds a high F an ideal fun whistle.
The low F is much easier to play than the low D, without losing too much at the bottom end sound wise, so I've decided to order a low F flute from M&E next week, (should get it before any BREXIT nonsense).
Can't see me needing anything else after that, other than maybe new glasses to read the music.
Thanks, Martha, I think so too - & they all sound really nice.
Here are my 'best' whistles.
From the top - Dixon Brass Trad 'A' - Dixon Aluminium tunable 'A'
Dixon Brass Trad 'G' - Howard tunable Brass low 'D' - Shearwater aluminium low 'F'
Dixon Aluminium tunable Duo in 'C' - with the flute head along side it.
Well, so far this year, I have been playing my instruments more than last year, & also enjoying the practicing more too - perhaps because I'm getting better at playing them, (at least my tunes are more recognizable by others now ).
I wonder how long it will take me to learn another tune to be able to play it from memory........
With practice - I'm sure you'll work out the best way to play it, Larry, I couldn't even reach the bottom hole of my low D flute when I got it.
(You can always try playing it using your pinky.)
My Shearwater low 'F' just turned up this morning, (nice whistle).
So my main whistles are now my Tony Dixon aluminium Duo in 'C' - my Tony Dixon aluminium (low) 'A' - & my Shearwater (aluminium) in low 'F' - with my Howard low 'D' (brass) as back up.
Now, I must go concentrate on my music reading & play them.
My (made to order) Shearwater low 'F' just arrived....... so after checking it over, & warming it up..... I gave it a blow.......
It's comfortable to hold, has a lovely tone, & a fairly easy second octave - I'd say it is well worth the money.
My second aluminium whistle came today, & I'm getting used to their sound a bit more now, & beginning to really like them.
So far, a Dixon Duo in 'C', & my Dixon in 'A'.
(Plus, I'm awaiting my Shearwater in low 'F').
No, it's not easy finding your embouchure on a flute, but it will come - & then it's just a matter of perfecting it.
All I can offer is that you place it's front edge on the bottom of your lip & go from there, by rolling it in or out, until you find where it works for you, everybody is different, & it will take a bit of time, good luck.
Well, here I am buying a couple more whistles, & I expect you're all thinking that I'm being extravagant, but honestly, I went through life without the means to buy & try stuff, & am now only just able to, so I guess that I'm just making the most of what time I have left - I'm not getting any younger you know.
I have been playing my various whistles these past few days, & I have come to the conclusion that I prefer whistles lower than the high D - & so I have just ordered up a Tony Dixon Duo in C to join the 'collection', & will see how I get on with it as a flute too.
I'm liking my low whistles best.
Recently, I added a Tony Dixon tunable aluminium in 'A' to my collection, which has a nice tone, but plays a bit loud for my taste.
A Howard tunable low 'D' joined a week or so ago, powder coated brass, really nice tone & fairly easy to play, once having got the hang of the 'pipers grip'.
And, I have just ordered a Shearwater low 'F' aluminium, which sounds much like the Howard, tone wise, from videos I've listened to, but I'll have to wait a couple of weeks to find out for myself.