The Drifting Thread

Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
5 months ago
116 posts

Do you think they were made for these companies by Susato?
Are these new or used whistles that you got?

How do they play and sound?

And do you have the Susato in C black plastic to compare them to?




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Keith
Keith
@keith
5 months ago
179 posts

....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
@keith
5 months ago
179 posts

.......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
@keith
5 months ago
179 posts

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

LarryS
LarryS
@larrys
5 months ago
70 posts
Low whistles are airy. Its basically a tube of air with holes in. Still nice sounding, unique
Keith
Keith
@keith
5 months ago
179 posts

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
LarryS
LarryS
@larrys
5 months ago
70 posts
Keith:

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.


I actually find it a bit too breathy,weak sounding compared to tenor recorder
Keith
Keith
@keith
5 months ago
179 posts

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.

LarryS
LarryS
@larrys
5 months ago
70 posts

Try this: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDqI46zfUV8&list=PL9CRnS8InnK4TaaDA0biS1dfnrAzH7yP9

 

 


updated by @larrys: 02/08/19 06:40:42PM
LarryS
LarryS
@larrys
5 months ago
70 posts
Well I did post the url but I guess the site converts it...

play Low D improv
Keith
Keith
@keith
5 months ago
179 posts

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.

LarryS
LarryS
@larrys
5 months ago
70 posts
A bit of improv on my Kerry Optima low D

play Low D improv
Keith
Keith
@keith
5 months ago
179 posts

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.

Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
5 months ago
116 posts

Keith:

OK, here's a first attempt with it.

It's got a lovely tone in F, Keith!  Very pleasant to listen to.  :)

Here's a challenge for you-  at certain measures to go from one note to another without tongueing. Like from note 1 to 2, OR from note 3 to 4 in a measure.
I catch myself with both tongueing and bowing I tend to always do a new tongue or a new bowstroke with every note. It always sounds better when I slur some note transitions on the same breath or the same bowstroke.  Mind you, I'm a rank amateur but I've found that it sounds good when I vary it  -once I am able to.   :D

 




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Keith
Keith
@keith
5 months ago
179 posts

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
@keith
5 months ago
179 posts

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
LarryS
LarryS
@larrys
5 months ago
70 posts
Be good to see and hear it Keith
Keith
Keith
@keith
5 months ago
179 posts

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
@keith
6 months ago
179 posts

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.

Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
6 months ago
116 posts

We had about 9 inches. (such an appropriate subject for the 'drifting thread' lolol)

It's not as bad here in NY as in Chicago, but it's been pretty darn cold too- this morning at 10am it's minus 1 degree F.  Brrr




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LarryS
LarryS
@larrys
6 months ago
70 posts
We had a dusting up here. Elsewhere, mainly down south, there has been heavy snowfall.
Keith
Keith
@keith
6 months ago
179 posts

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

LarryS
LarryS
@larrys
6 months ago
70 posts
Thanks Keith. I have a few resources I can use
Keith
Keith
@keith
6 months ago
179 posts

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.

LarryS
LarryS
@larrys
6 months ago
70 posts
I'm currently trying to teach myself flute. Its not easy!
Chifmunk
Chifmunk
@chifmunk
6 months ago
14 posts

I'm totally there with you Keith!  thumbsup

Keith
Keith
@keith
6 months ago
179 posts

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

LarryS
LarryS
@larrys
7 months ago
70 posts
Thanks. It sounds fab, when played properly
Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
7 months ago
116 posts

Lovely mellow tone on that whistle, Larry.




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LarryS
LarryS
@larrys
7 months ago
70 posts
Here it is:

play My first low whistle
Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
7 months ago
116 posts

I hope both of you love your new low whistles!




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LarryS
LarryS
@larrys
7 months ago
70 posts
The low D has arrived. Not had chance to play it yet but its oh so shiny, and the Piper's grip takes some getting used to.
Keith
Keith
@keith
7 months ago
179 posts

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.

 

Keith
Keith
@keith
7 months ago
179 posts

Ah! The waiting..........hope you don't have to wait long.

(I was quite surprised when mine turned up unannounced, but pleased.)

Re small hands - it might be worth you taking a look at the 'Tutorial (Low D)' that I posted a link to, she has small hands.


updated by @keith: 12/29/18 04:52:34AM
Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
7 months ago
116 posts

Exciting, you guys!

Wish I had bigger hands... At least for now, I can't play anything lower than a G at most.  wasntme




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LarryS
LarryS
@larrys
7 months ago
70 posts
Waiting for my kerry optima low D to arrive...
Keith
Keith
@keith
7 months ago
179 posts

My 'Howard' just came, it's got a lovely tone - I hope yours is as good.

LarryS
LarryS
@larrys
7 months ago
70 posts
Usual low d size I believe
Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
7 months ago
116 posts

Wow, sounds great!  But it's huge!   tmi




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LarryS
LarryS
@larrys
7 months ago
70 posts
@strumelia I think so yea. Its a silver coloured body with a choice of coloured plastic head
Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
7 months ago
116 posts

Larry is that an aluminum whistle?




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Those irritated by grain of sand best avoid beach.
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LarryS
LarryS
@larrys
7 months ago
70 posts
I hope to be ordering a Kerry Optima low D tuneable soon
Keith
Keith
@keith
7 months ago
179 posts

As I have reported in another thread, thanks to a post on another forum, (you know the one), I have put my money down for a Howard Low D - so the New Year will be time to knuckle down & learn to play my low whistles, & my Low D flute, & that sounds like it will be a Happy New Year, for me at least, can't vouch for my neighbours. flute

LarryS
LarryS
@larrys
7 months ago
70 posts

Keith:

What whistle are you looking at getting, Larry?

I want a low whistle, and I'm looking at a Dixon low D on Amazon

Keith
Keith
@keith
7 months ago
179 posts

What whistle are you looking at getting, Larry?


updated by @keith: 12/21/18 01:37:53PM
Keith
Keith
@keith
7 months ago
179 posts

Well, my new aluminium in 'A' came OK, but I didn't get around to playing it 'properly' until today.

I'm definately going to have to learn how it wants to be played in the second octave. whistle

It's got a nice tone, so will be worth the effort. smiler

LarryS
LarryS
@larrys
7 months ago
70 posts
Gonna hopefully be getting myself a new whistle soon...
Keith
Keith
@keith
8 months ago
179 posts

I just noticed that my regular music instrument supplier had a Tony Dixon tunable aluminium whistle in 'A' - so my Xmas present will be on its way to me shortly............ happysflute

Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
8 months ago
116 posts

Good one Keith.  thumbsup




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Keith
Keith
@keith
8 months ago
179 posts

Wow! I was first to post a tune for the December Challenge on one of my harmonica forums - wasn't it lucky that I had been practicing Jingle Bells just recently. laughlaugh

Keith
Keith
@keith
8 months ago
179 posts

I'm thinking it may be an old one, maybe of original manufacture, as it is a bit beaten up looking, & may have been repaired down the seam at some time. But it's got a decent mellow tone to it, so not a disappointment at all.

The other two are as other people say about them, soft easy players, (somewhat like my Tony Dixon ABS), & likely to become one of my favourites for practicing at home on, (won't annoy the neighbours). flute

Chris
Chris
@chris
8 months ago
14 posts

I've never seen a whistle where the fipple slides into the barrel of the whistle before (not that I've seen a lot of whistles)

Keith
Keith
@keith
8 months ago
179 posts

That's the Sweetone in C.

Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
8 months ago
116 posts

Which one is the silver one?




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Keith
Keith
@keith
8 months ago
179 posts

Maybe this shows them off better.

 

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Keith
Keith
@keith
8 months ago
179 posts

Maybe this one shows it better.

 

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Keith
Keith
@keith
8 months ago
179 posts

OK then I'll try adding photos here.......seemed to work.... one of all 3, the other of the flush fipple whistle, with the rough seam & head removed. (Black is not the easiest of colours to photograph, unfortunately, but the fipple head has 3 ridges to hold it in the tube.)

 

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updated by @keith: 11/28/18 01:24:49PM
Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
8 months ago
116 posts

Keith, if the photo file isn't too giant, you should be able to embed or attach it to your post in this discussion, too.

See one of the top discussions, on adding images to a post here:

https://pennywhistleclub.com/forums/forum/site-questions-how-do-i




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Keith
Keith
@keith
8 months ago
179 posts

Ran into problems trying to upload photos - wrong sizes - then only 6 allowed in one day - so I'll try & remember tomorrow. shrugger

 
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