What other instruments do you like to play?
Adventures with 'other' instruments...
Thought I'd try multi tracking a tune using 3 different whistles.
updated by @keith: 06/18/19 08:35:42AM
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.
I came across an aluminium 3 piece simple system low D flute on Ebay, & was mulling it over for a couple of days, when I decided to give it a go, so bought it.
I mentioned that on the Chiff & Fipple forum, asking if anyone had any experience of the maker, & this flute in particular, when I got a response back from somebody who was also thinking of buying it, & I had just beaten them to it.
If I had dithered a bit longer, likely I wouldn't have been able to have got it, funny how some things turn out.
Had a nice afternoon of playing my Howard low D, Shearwater low F, my Thunderbird A, my TD Trad A, & a quick burst on my TD Duo C whistle - then just for kicks, put the flute head back onto my TD ally A, & had a quick burst on that too.
It might be just possible, my TD alto whistle head 'just about' fits over the head of my Gemeinhardt, but you'd need a short length of tube between the two tubes, so that the fipple was in the right area, with about half an inch showing.
Might it be worth £15 for a head to try(?), I don't know, but I don't need to, as I shall be having another go on it & my piccolo once my embouchure is more stable.
Bought myself a flute head & fitted it to my TD tunable aluminium 'A' whistle - my TD tunable aluminium 'C' whistle is also fitted with the flute head - so both my tunable whistles are temporarily now flutes.
My main whistles still remain my low 'F', low 'D', alto 'A', & alto 'G' - with my 'C's & my high 'F' as grab up whistles.
I've been playing my new plastic whistles a bit more, in fact, I have one behind my chair, where I usually sit, along with one of my chromatic harmonicas - just reach around & grab it.
Also volunteered to host a week, for my uke forum friends, mainly just to keep in touch with them, now that I've been distracted with these whistles, (& flutes).
My sister was at the doctors the other day, & she was weighed by them, when she came back, she declared my scales under weighing by about 14lbs, that is bad news, as last time I weighed myself they said 14st 7lbs!
New, digital, scales on their way to me, lets hope they 'say' the 'right' weight!
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.