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Keith
@keith
02/20/19 02:42:52PM
126 posts

Langspil


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?)

Keith
@keith
02/20/19 02:29:36PM
126 posts

The Drifting Thread


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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.)

Keith
@keith
02/20/19 07:31:24AM
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....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. thumbsup


updated by @keith: 02/20/19 07:32:22AM
Keith
@keith
02/19/19 08:45:18AM
126 posts

The Drifting Thread


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.......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.)


updated by @keith: 02/20/19 07:34:13AM
Keith
@keith
02/14/19 01:43:16PM
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The Drifting Thread


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Had a good practice session today, almost got through my 5 regulars without any mishaps, on my low F, my F flute, & followed that with a burst on my low D too. flute

Keith
@keith
02/09/19 07:03:53AM
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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).


updated by @keith: 02/09/19 07:04:41AM
Keith
@keith
02/09/19 04:32:08AM
126 posts

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That ones got a nice tone to it too, & has that sort of haunting/breathy sound that goes well with aires & the like - at least, I think so.

Keith
@keith
02/08/19 02:48:44PM
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I'd be up for a listen - but I can't make those links work for me - that's why I try to ensure the actual URL gets posted, when I put a link on here.

Keith
@keith
02/08/19 01:58:09PM
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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.

Keith
@keith
02/08/19 09:54:20AM
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Pictures.....top to bottom.....

Damian Thompson delrin beginner flute (low D)

Howard low D whistle

M&E polymer F flute

Shearwater low F whistle

 


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updated by @keith: 02/08/19 09:57:37AM
Keith
@keith
02/08/19 09:41:55AM
126 posts

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OK, here's a first attempt with it.

https://soundcloud.com/user-604445267/zoom0003/s-Su14o

(Still got to work out where to set the embouchure hole in relation to the finger holes.)

 


updated by @keith: 02/08/19 10:01:19AM
Keith
@keith
02/08/19 07:01:19AM
126 posts

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My new simple system keyless flute in 'F' arrived today - I think I may just be a fan of the key of 'F' - my low 'F' whistle has become my new favourite, & I tootle on the high 'F' for fun.....flute

Keith
@keith
02/07/19 10:09:01AM
126 posts

F is for fun


Instruments- discuss specific whistle features, brands, tweaking, problems, questions

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.

Keith
@keith
02/04/19 04:07:06AM
126 posts

F is for fun


Instruments- discuss specific whistle features, brands, tweaking, problems, questions

So, it seems no one here does that then. nerd2

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. flute

Keith
@keith
02/02/19 07:10:17AM
126 posts

F is for fun


Instruments- discuss specific whistle features, brands, tweaking, problems, questions

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. poke


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Keith
@keith
02/02/19 04:08:31AM
126 posts

Favorite whistles


Instruments- discuss specific whistle features, brands, tweaking, problems, questions

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). thumbsup

Can't see me needing anything else after that, other than maybe new glasses to read the music. nerdsmile

Keith
@keith
02/01/19 01:51:25PM
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A nearby town has made it to the news, roads all locked up because of jack knifed lorries on the motorway.

We have about 4~5" presently, certainly somewhat cold, but nothing compared to you lot over there in the States.

Stay safe & warm.

Keith
@keith
02/01/19 03:49:37AM
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Well, we had some snow overnight, & we are now sitting watching a couple young families with their sledges & throwing snowballs, at least they are enjoying it. cooldance

Keith
@keith
01/31/19 08:26:52AM
126 posts

New Year Resolution


General penny whistle or music discussions

Had another go with my flute head on my Dixon Duo, it was much better this time, so it was just my unfamiliarity with it. happys

Keith
@keith
01/30/19 01:36:36PM
126 posts

Favorite whistles


Instruments- discuss specific whistle features, brands, tweaking, problems, questions

Thanks, Martha, I think so too - & they all sound really nice. jive

Keith
@keith
01/30/19 07:41:22AM
126 posts

Favorite whistles


Instruments- discuss specific whistle features, brands, tweaking, problems, questions

Here are my 'best' whistles. music

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.


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Keith
@keith
01/30/19 07:23:31AM
126 posts

The Positive Thread


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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 winky ).


updated by @keith: 01/30/19 07:24:30AM
Keith
@keith
01/28/19 11:48:37AM
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I wonder how long it will take me to learn another tune to be able to play it from memory........whistle

 

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. flute

(You can always try playing it using your pinky.)


updated by @keith: 01/28/19 11:50:14AM
Keith
@keith
01/28/19 11:14:37AM
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Played a tune from memory today......

(on all my new whistles, tremolo harmonica, & my keyless flute)

.......& it's only taken me 3 years to learn it.  ROTFL


updated by @keith: 01/28/19 11:16:20AM
Keith
@keith
01/28/19 06:43:28AM
126 posts

Favorite whistles


Instruments- discuss specific whistle features, brands, tweaking, problems, questions

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. flute

Now, I must go concentrate on my music reading & play them. winker

Keith
@keith
01/28/19 06:30:38AM
126 posts

New Year Resolution


General penny whistle or music discussions

Yippee! sun

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. thumbsup

Keith
@keith
01/17/19 09:07:32AM
126 posts

New Year Resolution


General penny whistle or music discussions

It's more breathy than my high 'D'  ABS piccolo & my delrin low 'D' flute, but may just be down to my technique with it.

Early days....


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Keith
@keith
01/17/19 08:54:45AM
126 posts

What's your favourite whistle made of?


General penny whistle or music discussions

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').


updated by @keith: 01/17/19 09:03:41AM
Keith
@keith
01/17/19 08:46:35AM
126 posts

New Year Resolution


General penny whistle or music discussions

My Duo just came this morning. thumbsup

First impressions :-

Whistle nice tone & fairly easy second octave.

With the flute head, breathy, (but could just be me, as I'm still finding my embouchure for flutes).

Keith
@keith
01/11/19 02:16:58PM
126 posts

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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.

Keith
@keith
01/11/19 02:07:08PM
126 posts

New Year Resolution


General penny whistle or music discussions

The Duo is an aluminium body with two heads in ABS plastic, one is a whistle, the other is a flute, & yes, tunable.

(URL=DX206 PICCOLO/ WHISTLE DUO )


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Keith
@keith
01/11/19 09:55:31AM
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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. time

Keith
@keith
01/11/19 09:47:16AM
126 posts

Favorite whistles


Instruments- discuss specific whistle features, brands, tweaking, problems, questions

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. flute

Keith
@keith
01/11/19 09:38:20AM
126 posts

New Year Resolution


General penny whistle or music discussions

A Tony Dixon Duo in C to join the 'collection' too, (just ordered).

Keith
@keith
01/06/19 10:32:26AM
126 posts

Favorite whistles


Instruments- discuss specific whistle features, brands, tweaking, problems, questions

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.


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Keith
@keith
01/06/19 08:09:04AM
126 posts

New Year Resolution


General penny whistle or music discussions

I didn't actually make any New Year Resolutions..............as they usually get broken...........& this year would have been no different!winker

Shearwater Low F on order. grin

Keith
@keith
01/06/19 04:54:47AM
126 posts

Finger Exercises


Whistle playing techniques - questions/help

I came across this video, (a recommendation on another forum).


 


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Keith
@keith
01/04/19 07:35:24AM
126 posts

The Positive Thread


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My sister recognised my playing of Edelweiss, (on my new low D whistle)...........I must be getting better! ROTFL

Keith
@keith
01/03/19 10:42:59AM
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I'm having a good time & beginning to get the hang of this 'pipers grip' now, & am able to relax it a bit, which seems to produce less mistakes getting the second octave notes on my low D - so hopefully this will get better with the practicing.

 

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