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.
updated by @keith: 05/26/19 01:32:03PM
It's actually a wonderful thing to even be able to talk about one's 'favorite' whistles... it not only means you have multiple whistles, but it also means you have more than one favorite 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.
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.
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.
I love my various whistles.. some are brass, nickel, polymer...
But I think the four I reach for most often are
Black polymer Susato in C (because strong bright nimble notes with almost no effort. Easiest to get good sound among the 4 C's I've tried)
Black polymer Susato in Bb (clear but very warm tone, a little like recorder)
Jerry Freeman nickel Blackbird in high D (pretty warbly tone. notes are clear & easy to hop between notes without squeaking)
Dixon brass Trad in high D (because I like the chiffy 'hollow metal' tone, reminds me of temple bells or something)
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.
As a newbie who purchased some "starter" instruments, my favorite to date is my carbon fibre D by Erik the Flutemaker. It sounds true and pure as soon as it is picked up. If I remain true to my nature with other instruments (clawhammer banjos and mtn dulcimers) I will have more in the months ahead.
What are your favorite whistles?
I really love both of my Mack Hoover whistles when I play out at the hospital or nursing homes. But I tend to grab a Clark traditional whistle (the one with the wooden fipple) when I go outside to play. I enjoy its breathy sound for airs and hymns that I like to play. The price is hard to beat.