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 Post subject: Ever tried whistle making?
PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2007 3:49 pm 
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They have been discussing the ease of making a nice sounding whistle over at C&F. I downloaded the file from the fellow in Verona and am wondering if I should try it for fun, and if any of you have made a pvc whistle and like it enough to actually play it. Forgive if this has been discussed before or to death.

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I am a happy owner of two of Judy's PVC whistles. (key of E) Maybe you can engage her in a little whistle shop-talk. :)

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I also have a Mack Hoover aluminum G with PVC top.

Both are whistle makers here on PWA! Tommy makes whistles too, although I believe he is working in wood these days.

And Kristos will make a whistle out of just about anything!

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Daniel Bingamon makes them too. They sound real nice.


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I have one of Daniel's Ahava Rabbas. As Adrian says, it's the "bee's knees." Or something like that.

I have a Judy Eb, and it's the sweetest whistle I own.

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And let's not forget hmmmm....TOMMY!


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I have made PVC whistles and flutes. I have one C whistle that is fairly nice. Judy's whistles are great.

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My dad and I tried making a low D out of copper with no success. We couldn't get a tone out of it. I've wanted to try it again very much ever since. I've thought it would be cool to go into the business, or at least know how to do it so I wouldn't have to buy all my whistles. I'd probably still buy them just because I love the sound of other maker's whistles, in particular Silkstones!


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Sorry I haven't chimed in here yet ... been out of touch for a couple of days.

The better question on this board might be who hasn't tried to make a whistle. Mack, Daniel, Tommy are wonderful makers. I've made several; Jim (Wright), Ron and Kristos have .... there are a bunch of us here considering the size of the board.

Don, go for it! Making a whistle out of pvc pipe is fairly easy. Material is cheap, but get the hot water pipe, not the cold water pipe. Even if you don't get the world's greatest whistle the first time, you still end up with the thrill of making music in an entirely different way.

Mack is the master of PVC, but I'd be glad to answer any questions you might have. Honestly, making a whistle (as a hobby) is about as much fun as playing one. Don't think I'd like to try it as a business though.


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Judy K wrote:
The better question on this board might be who hasn't tried to make a whistle.

I've not tried it. Well, once my grandfather and I tried, when I was a child, but we didn't know what we were doing. I have come close, though, going so far as buying a bamboo rod, a while back.


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I have made a C whistle from copper pipe, which worked pretty well, and a G which didn't work so well.

I did get my mitts into the process at Mack's house when he made my low E, but I did my best not to interfere with the Master. Pics here if you haven't already seen 'em.

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I tried to make one of Guido's "Low-Tech" whistles about a year ago, and it was going well until I put it together and saw that all my mouthpiece measurements were off, making a pretty bumpy ride for my lower lip. So, before I drilled any holes, I realized I wasn't having any fun and abandoned the project. This was after HOURS! :cry:
Now I am trying again, because I consider PVC whistle making a "survival skill" for whistlers. What if the economy crashes? What if we're called to minister in Siberia? How can we provide our WHOA addiction?? We have to be able to provide for ourselves!!
So, even though I now have a smoother mouthpiece, I'm still not having any fun. And I still haven't drilled any holes. Not only that, I have about $20 invested in tools this time, not counting what I invested in tools LAST time! (I am speaking of little files, saws, etc).
I'm about sorry I started it--I'm still not having any fun. :cry:
There is, however, that D note that the whistle already makes in both octaves. So maybe I'll try to finish this one. I need a "mission trip" whistle that can be beat around.
[I should have just bought an "Every" whistle!]

And I'm still not having any fun!!

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kelly wrote:
I need a "mission trip" whistle that can be beat around.




Hmmm... . . a mission trip whistle. Sounds like fun to me. \:D/ You could have said something sooner. In what key do you need this mission whistle, D or C? When do you need it? And your address.

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Awwww, poor Kelly! :( I love making whistles. :love:

It does take a bunch of time without power tools to help, though. (Takes me about 7 hours from start to finish for one.) I use a Dremel Moto tool for a lot of the work ... cutting the airway, drilling the holes, rough cut on the mouthpiece. Sand paper is the best cure for a rough mouth piece -- it higher the grit, the smoother the mouthpiece. About 600 grit leaves a nice feel. If you would like to try a piece of delrin for a fipple block instead of wood, just send me your address in a PM. I'll mail ya a chunk of delrin rod.


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Tommy wrote:
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I need a "mission trip" whistle that can be beat around.
Hmmm... . . a mission trip whistle. Sounds like fun to me. \:D/ You could have said something sooner. In what key do you need this mission whistle, D or C? When do you need it? And your address.

That's a great offer, Kelly! Tommy makes really nice whistles. Judy does, too, but she has no spare time these days.

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Wow! You people are like, peaches on the tree of life!
How did I connect with such a group of nice people?
Tommy and Judy, I keep napkins by my computer so I can wipe my chin whenever I see your beautiful whistles!
Judy, thanks for the gracious offer!
Tommy, I really shouldn't take advantage of your kindness...but...I will send you a pm!

Love in Jesus,
Kelly

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Blackhawk wrote:
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I need a "mission trip" whistle that can be beat around.
Hmmm... . . a mission trip whistle. Sounds like fun to me. \:D/ You could have said something sooner. In what key do you need this mission whistle, D or C? When do you need it? And your address.

That's a great offer, Kelly! Tommy makes really nice whistles. Judy does, too, but she has no spare time these days.


Shhhhh.... not so loud Darvis, everyone will want to go on a mission trip. =D> Hmmm... . . . that might be a good thing. \:D/

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Tommy wrote:
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I need a "mission trip" whistle that can be beat around.
Hmmm... . . a mission trip whistle. Sounds like fun to me. \:D/ You could have said something sooner. In what key do you need this mission whistle, D or C? When do you need it? And your address.

That's a great offer, Kelly! Tommy makes really nice whistles. Judy does, too, but she has no spare time these days.


Shhhhh.... not so loud Darvis, everyone will want to go on a mission trip. =D> Hmmm... . . . that might be a good thing. \:D/

:laughing: So do you make Bb whistles yet, Tommy, out of PVC?

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I am so happy! :D Now I can throw all that whistle making gear back into the closet and concentrate on playing again.
(I REALLY wasn't having any fun!!)

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THANKS for the whistle, Tommy!
It's beautifully made, and sounds extremely nice! I am not used to backpressure in a whistle! But I like it, as this is a hard whistle to overblow. It's also quiet--I hate using earplugs on a mission trip!
It was very kind of you to set me up for Guatemala. THANKS!

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Blackhawk wrote:
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:laughing: So do you make Bb whistles yet, Tommy, out of PVC?[/quote]


I am trying to make a Bb. Right now I am going in alphabetical order. Hmmm... A ;)


Glad you like the whistle Kelly. :D You will get use to the backpressure.

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Blackhawk wrote:
:laughing: So do you make Bb whistles yet, Tommy, out of PVC?


Tommy:
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I am trying to make a Bb. Right now I am going in alphabetical order. Hmmm... A ;)

You rock, Tommy!

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That Blackhawk is a Bb addict!
(and I'm not far behind!)

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Tommy wrote:
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:laughing: So do you make Bb whistles yet, Tommy, out of PVC?[/quote]
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Getting real close by the minute. \:D/ Update later.
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Tommy wrote:
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:laughing: So do you make Bb whistles yet, Tommy, out of PVC?

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Getting real close by the minute. \:D/ Update later.
Tommy[/quote]

YES, \:D/ :-' as of today I do make Bb whistles, and have fun doing it. Thanks for your encouragement Blackhawk. Just a little more cosmetic work and I hope to post pictures by Friday.
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Tommy wrote:

YES, \:D/ :-' as of today I do make Bb whistles, and have fun doing it. Thanks for your encouragement Blackhawk. Just a little more cosmetic work and I hope to post pictures by Friday.
Tommy

Excellent, Tommy! I can't wait to see those pictures. Bb is a great key.

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