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A couple of "oldies" ?
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Author:  Micheal [ Fri Mar 07, 2008 1:49 pm ]
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I added a few more "cheapies" to my collection. I got them very cheap and am in the process of cleaning them up a little but not going to try anything crazy with them. Am trying to find some information about them and so far it is very sparse.

Both whistles are the "CALURA" brand. The first one is green, in the key of "E" and has the decorative gold painting described on the blue board and the few other places I have found information. It also does say "MADE IN GERMANY" on it. The second one is the one I am a little more confused about. It is a "C" whistle, white with the decorative gold paint, but is marked "MADE IN U.S.A.". Most people seem to think Caluras were made in the 20's by a division of Gretch, but I have not seen any reference to them being made here in the USA. The other interesting thing is that the logo is upside down compared to other photos that I have been able to find. I will start taking some pictures and try and get them posted over the weekend so you can see what I am talking about.

If anyone here has any information they can share I would appreciate it. These will most likely just be cleaned and displayed unless I do a little tweaking to make them a little more user friendly. Since the are basically like Clarke originals there is not a lot of tweaking that can be done (okay Tommy... you will probably have ideas I have not thought about).

Author:  jrc [ Fri Mar 07, 2008 2:54 pm ]
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Here's a start: ... istle.html

Look towards the bottom of the page for details.

Author:  larrym [ Fri Mar 07, 2008 8:04 pm ]
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I had totally forgotten about Calura whistles. Once upon a time I had one in my collection which I'd take out and play every once in a while.



Author:  RonKiley [ Sat Mar 08, 2008 12:42 pm ]
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Do they have a wooden fipple or a lead fipple?

Author:  ConnieS [ Mon Mar 10, 2008 9:15 am ]
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A lead fipple!? :shock: Surely not! Does it?

Author:  RonKiley [ Mon Mar 10, 2008 9:26 am ]
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Many early whistles had the fipple, the plug in the whistle head, made from lead. That is why some of the older whistlers are the way they are, but I won't mention any names. :D :D

Author:  Micheal [ Tue Mar 11, 2008 9:51 pm ]
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Sorry I have no pictures to post yet, not able to capture what I want and still playing with my macro settings and lighting.

By the way it is the "E" that has the logo upside down as opposed to any pictures I can find. Still have no leads on Calura being made in the U.S. but I know I have

No lead fipples here, they are wood like the Clarke. The "C" sounds pretty good now that I have the spider webs cleaned out of it. Goes into second octave kind of easy but going back down to C I make a few bad sounds still. The E is not bad, but not something I imagine I will play much.

Also got a wooden "ethnic" whistle that is tuned to itself and is more of a "native american" sound than the usual whistle sounds. I will include a few pictures of it as well, the carvings are kind of interesting.

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