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Overton Low D Review
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Author:  jono [ Tue May 29, 2007 1:21 pm ]
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My Overton Low D arrived this morning. It is quite a bit more difficult to play than my Dixon Low D but the sound is superb! Exactly what I was hoping for in a whistle. It's a good deal chiffier, and has a more complex sound, very breathy and haunting - a chill-giver for sure - but the complex sound comes from the more complex breathing required. It's not at all forgiving if you don't breathe hard enough - releasing a quiet whine - but once you do hit the note clearly, you're given alot of room within the note to make it more airy or mellow or clear and sharp, truly fascinating. Also, the sixth hole, down at the bottom there, is very far away from the rest, demanding the traditional fashion of holding a Low whistle (my hands are pretty big and my fingers long, so I've always been able to get away with covering all of the holes with the tips of my fingers - no more of that I guess).

Overall, great whistle - very, very pleased with it. And thank you all for your input and info regarding this purchase.

Author:  jrc [ Tue May 29, 2007 8:04 pm ]
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sounds and pix? please?


Author:  IanG [ Sun Aug 12, 2007 11:57 pm ]
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I too have an Overton low D whistle and my hands are large enough that I can play it with the tips of my fingers but not for too long, though, because it soons gets uncomfortable playing that way. The only comfortable way is to use "piper's grip" as you have discovered.

I found that the upper second octave really requires a good blow to keep it in the second octave so there's no playing quietly with this whistle. A confident approach to blowing it is certainly required.

Hope you enjoy playing your new whistle.


Author:  Adrian [ Mon Aug 13, 2007 1:06 pm ]
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Glad you like your Overton. They are my all time favorites now and I have not found any whistles as expressive as them. I'm slowly building a collection of Goldie Overtons but it will take a few years!

I'd love to hear some of your Overton clips.

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