The Drifting Thread

Norman
Norman
@norman
3 weeks ago
15 posts

I would like try his brass whistle. It looks like a beautiful instrument. We look for Any excuse to take off and go somewhere.

Keith
Keith
@keith
3 weeks ago
203 posts

That sounds like a plan, Norman, any idea what type you'll be looking to get?

Norman
Norman
@norman
3 weeks ago
15 posts

I want to make a road trip next Spring to visit Mack Hoover and buy my "next, last" whistle.

Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
one month ago
124 posts

I have that same 'malady' Keith.  It's hard to break the habit of checking Ebay for instruments I certainly have enough of and no longer need to keep buying. And it really is just a habit... I can't stand the idea that I might miss something wonderful... despite having enough wonderful examples already.
This is true for some various instruments I own or play... not just penny whistles.  It seems I have finally broken my need to seek more whistles though.  I've disabled a few of the 'saved searches' I've set up on ebay over the years- that seems to be the key to breaking the habit, for me anyway.  tmi




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Keith
Keith
@keith
one month ago
203 posts

Seems to be a dearth of decent whistles on Ebay lately..........did I buy them all! nahnah

Still look...just in case...though I don't need any more. tumbleweed

Keith
Keith
@keith
2 months ago
203 posts

Oh, I think I'm fairly well covered for plastic whistles...... I do have the Susato 'B' & the Dixon ABS low 'G'.... plus my Susato high 'Eb', Dixon ABS high 'D' & low 'D'.... so I think that I might just manage..... whistle


updated by @keith: 10/01/19 01:53:57PM
Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
2 months ago
124 posts

Sounds to me like you need a polymer one though.  devil




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Keith
Keith
@keith
2 months ago
203 posts

I do have 3x 'A' whistles, two of which I really like, & play often, (Dixon Trad brass & a Thunderbird aluminium), the other one, (Dixon tunable aluminium), has a bit of a quirk in that I seem to have to twist it slightly to get the second octave, so I really didn't need another - but I was tempted.

Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
2 months ago
124 posts

Keith:

Hey......I resisted a Susato in 'A'.........my whistle aquisition syndrome seems to be curing itself...Laugh

Keith, that's amazing that you resisted that one!   I'm impressed.

(did you not already have a susato in A, though?)




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Keith
Keith
@keith
2 months ago
203 posts

Hey......I resisted a Susato in 'A'.........my whistle aquisition syndrome seems to be curing itself...Laugh

Keith
Keith
@keith
2 months ago
203 posts

Yep, it's definately a key of 'B', & quite a nice tone to it, after playing a couple of tunes on it. thumbsup


updated by @keith: 09/26/19 07:02:20AM
Keith
Keith
@keith
2 months ago
203 posts

A Susato advertised as a high 'D' on Ebay appears to actually be a 'B', looking at the photos - so at £23 (incl P&P), it's mine - I didn't have a 'B' whistle, but will have soon, methinks. flute

Keith
Keith
@keith
2 months ago
203 posts

Yeah, I mainly play an 'A', low 'G', or low 'F' when practicing/playing, just occasionally bring out the big ones.

LarryS
LarryS
@larrys
2 months ago
72 posts
Keith:

I've gone & done it again, an MK Kelpie low 'F' came up for sale, it will be added to my ever growing collection of better quality whistles.

So now I think I need to thin out the collection, the question is, should I try selling the Gens/Faedog/Waltons, or just find a charity to give them to.

I think I favour giving them to those who may not have the resources to buy them for themselves, or where they could be used by multiple students to learn on. (Will have to see if I can find such.)

Low F eh...
Keith
Keith
@keith
2 months ago
203 posts

I guess it's time to dig out the Xmas tunes again.... evilgrin

Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
3 months ago
124 posts

My thoughts on this: Non-whistle players tend to be squeamish about putting their mouths on used whistles.  But whistle players don't have such qualms.  So if i were you i'd just work up a nice cheap price and bundle them together as one sale on chiff&fipple.  Someone there will like them for throwing in the car of giving to their grandchildren.  If you bundle them you'll only have to ship one package, too... thus keep the price more accessible.




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Keith
Keith
@keith
3 months ago
203 posts

I've gone & done it again, an MK Kelpie low 'F' came up for sale, it will be added to my ever growing collection of better quality whistles.

So now I think I need to thin out the collection, the question is, should I try selling the Gens/Faedog/Waltons, or just find a charity to give them to.

I think I favour giving them to those who may not have the resources to buy them for themselves, or where they could be used by multiple students to learn on. (Will have to see if I can find such.)

Keith
Keith
@keith
3 months ago
203 posts

Good for you. banjo

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. music

Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
3 months ago
124 posts

I actually tuned up my gourd banjo this past week and played a little on it.  I had forgotten how nice its tone is.  banjo




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Keith
Keith
@keith
3 months ago
203 posts

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.

flute

Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
4 months ago
124 posts

Keith:

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..... ROTFL

I wonder why that is.  biglaugh

 




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Keith
Keith
@keith
4 months ago
203 posts

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..... ROTFL

Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
4 months ago
124 posts

Keith you are so out of control.  dancecool

You must have a real nice collection at this point!  yes




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Keith
Keith
@keith
4 months ago
203 posts

Just came across a low G Tony Dixon ABS tuneable on Ebay - I'd have preferred an F, but what the heck, at £22.90....... grin

Keith
Keith
@keith
4 months ago
203 posts

I had a count up of all my whistles, flutes, piccolos, & fifes this morning...........

 

........suffice it to say that I have enough, but I think I still have a bit of that acquisition syndrome about me yet. flute

Keith
Keith
@keith
5 months ago
203 posts

Just noticed - I'm not hosting until the 7th July.

(At least that gives me a week to dust off the cobwebs.)

My high D aluminium TD arrived, it's an older version, so my flute head doesn't fit it, but it's a nice whistle in itself.

LarryS
LarryS
@larrys
5 months ago
72 posts
Keith:

Yep, that's the place - Seasons of the Ukulele challenge.

Everyone else is better than me, & I seldom 'sing', but I still have fun sometimes, when I enter one of my little ditties. party


Oh I've not seen it, I don't go there often and haven't played my uke in ages
Keith
Keith
@keith
5 months ago
203 posts

Yep, that's the place - Seasons of the Ukulele challenge.

Everyone else is better than me, & I seldom 'sing', but I still have fun sometimes, when I enter one of my little ditties. party


updated by @keith: 06/24/19 10:01:04AM
LarryS
LarryS
@larrys
5 months ago
72 posts
Keith:

I'll be hosting my uke forum challenge again next week, so I'd better get a bit of practice in this week.

Uke forum? Do you mean Ukulele underground?
Keith
Keith
@keith
5 months ago
203 posts

I'll be hosting my uke forum challenge again next week, so I'd better get a bit of practice in this week.

Keith
Keith
@keith
5 months ago
203 posts

Cheers, Larry - my high C has a good tone, so this one should have too.

LarryS
LarryS
@larrys
5 months ago
72 posts
Keith:

I won!

£26 & it was mine. flute


Yay! Enjoy
Keith
Keith
@keith
5 months ago
203 posts

I won!

£26 & it was mine. flute

Keith
Keith
@keith
5 months ago
203 posts

Yeah, I know I shouldn't have, but I looked on Ebay.........

& there was a pre used Tony Dixon tunable high D in aluminium.......

just sitting there waiting for my bid.... crossfingers

Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
6 months ago
124 posts

Thanks Keith!
The whole reason I can't update my older computer to win 10 is not because it's not capable (it is), but because several of the specialized software programs I depend on for work are old, no longer supported, and they likely won't work well on win10, certainly not on Linux.  When I get a new win10 laptop, I'll check to see if my work programs will function on it. Chances are 50/50, but I can't gamble that on my current main work desktop (which is only 6 yrs old and in good shape for now).  My goal is to keep those work programs going for another 4 or 5 yrs, when i hope to retire.   ;)

If when i get my new win 10 laptop I find that my main work software WILL run on it, that's when I'll see if I can switch to working entirely from my new laptop (with large monitor hookup) and I'd be able to retire my desktop if I wanted to, or just update it to win10.




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Keith
Keith
@keith
6 months ago
203 posts

You should consider/investigate putting Linux on the old one, it'll be secure, & run faster.

But everybody loves having something new to play with. nod

Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
6 months ago
124 posts

 

I've been drooling over the Dell XPS 13 new laptops... I'll probably buy one for online stuff once the end of the year gets closer where my main work desktop on win7 stops getting security updates.  At that point I'll just take it offline to work on  and use another device to do all my online stuff.




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LarryS
LarryS
@larrys
6 months ago
72 posts
Keith:

Ha, ha, my acacia KoAloha Opio long neck concert will suffice, along with my Ohana mahogany long neck concert, thank you. smiler


Even thats way out of my league
Keith
Keith
@keith
6 months ago
203 posts

Ha, ha, my acacia KoAloha Opio long neck concert will suffice, along with my Ohana mahogany long neck concert, thank you. smiler

LarryS
LarryS
@larrys
6 months ago
72 posts
Keith:

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......

Check out Moore Bettah ukuleles...🤑
Keith
Keith
@keith
6 months ago
203 posts

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......

Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
6 months ago
124 posts

"Some" old computers?  what

Glad I only keep the most recent one no longer in use, as an emergency backup.  

I don't play the 15 or so nice whistles I have enough as it is.  At least they are not as expensive as my banjos or other instruments.  whistle




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Keith
Keith
@keith
6 months ago
203 posts

I've been sorting out some old computers to give away, as I don't use them any more........

....and I seem to have stopped looking for any more whistles, (or flutes), for the time being. coool

Keith
Keith
@keith
7 months ago
203 posts

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!)


updated by @keith: 05/03/19 03:49:59PM
Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
7 months ago
124 posts

Ugh, that's disgusting!  Did the seller mention anything about how dirty the whistle was?  If not you could probably return it since they wouldn't want to risk getting a bad rating from a buyer. 

I googled how to clean an aluminum whistle and it gives a few helpful links here.




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Keith
Keith
@keith
7 months ago
203 posts

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.


updated by @keith: 05/03/19 02:17:36PM
Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
7 months ago
124 posts

Her head in her hands.... lol!  Reminds me of my two daughters when they were teens.




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Keith
Keith
@keith
7 months ago
203 posts

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.


updated by @keith: 04/27/19 07:55:38AM
LarryS
LarryS
@larrys
7 months ago
72 posts
Keith:

Now you're just being plain cruel to her......worried


Lol, teenagers...
Keith
Keith
@keith
7 months ago
203 posts

Now you're just being plain cruel to her......worried

LarryS
LarryS
@larrys
7 months ago
72 posts

Keith:

Oh, the poor girl, how to traumatise your daughter.....nahnah

It gets worse for her. I later played my soprano recorder in a medieval castle. She sat outside with her head in her hands...

 

play Playing recorder in Richmond Castle

Keith
Keith
@keith
7 months ago
203 posts

Oh, the poor girl, how to traumatise your daughter.....nahnah

LarryS
LarryS
@larrys
7 months ago
72 posts
Keith:

Yeah, that's a nice tone, under a bridge adds some nice reverb.

My daughter was with me. She sat on a rock embarrassed.
Keith
Keith
@keith
7 months ago
203 posts

Yeah, that's a nice tone, under a bridge adds some nice reverb.

LarryS
LarryS
@larrys
7 months ago
72 posts

Keith:

I can't play the one in the other thread, but I had a listen to one you posted on Chiff & Fipple, (I think it was), it sounds quite a nice instrument, but I missed the haunting kind of sound that I know they are capable of - enjoy.

Try this

play Native American flute outdoors


updated by @larrys: 04/26/19 03:39:16AM
Keith
Keith
@keith
7 months ago
203 posts

I can't play the one in the other thread, but I had a listen to one you posted on Chiff & Fipple, (I think it was), it sounds quite a nice instrument, but I missed the haunting kind of sound that I know they are capable of - enjoy.

LarryS
LarryS
@larrys
7 months ago
72 posts

Keith:

Hope you enjoy your NAF, Larry. flute

 

Check out my video in the other thread


updated by @larrys: 04/25/19 10:45:05AM
Keith
Keith
@keith
7 months ago
203 posts

I'm awaiting its arrival at the moment, but if it's anything like my TD 'A' with flute head, it'll sound really good.

(I'll let you know once I get it in my hands.)

Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
7 months ago
124 posts

You sound glad that you wound up with the flute, Keith.  Does it sound lovely and is it easy for you to 'run' ?




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Keith
Keith
@keith
7 months ago
203 posts

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.

 
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