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 Post subject: Help in choosing a Bb whistle
PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 2007 4:50 pm 
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Hello Folks,
I'm looking for the ultimate Bb whistle, after playing awhile Ive come up with these specs. Your input is greatly appreciated.
not loud
moderate air requirements
even tone both octaves
clear clean tone
brass
mid priced
light weight
Thanks in advance
F.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 2007 5:09 pm 
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Fred Bechtoldt wrote:
Hello Folks,
I'm looking for the ultimate Bb whistle, after playing awhile Ive come up with these specs. Your input is greatly appreciated.
not loud
moderate air requirements
even tone both octaves
clear clean tone
brass
mid priced
light weight
Thanks in advance
F.

This sounds like one I want to buy now also. I'm thinking a Burke Bb would be a good thing. Blackhawk might recommend the Humphrey Bb.

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I've considered a Mack Hoover black tip,
Have a white tip D and am nuts about it.
Burke seems a great choice but a bit pricey to me.

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If Mack is able to make a brass blacktop in Bb, it would likely meet your requirements. I don't have one of his in Bb, nor do I have any blacktops. The whitecaps I have in C and A, both with aluminum bodies, have clear tone and are even over both registers. I'd characterize the C as being moderate in breath requirements, and the A as low to moderate. If you'd like, I could probably noodle a few notes and somehow computerize a recorded sample.


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I have the Blacktop fipple on my Generation Bb brass tube which is my favorite solo whistle.


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jimwasson wrote:
If Mack is able to make a brass blacktop in Bb, it would likely meet your requirements. I don't have one of his in Bb, nor do I have any blacktops. The whitecaps I have in C and A, both with aluminum bodies, have clear tone and are even over both registers. I'd characterize the C as being moderate in breath requirements, and the A as low to moderate. If you'd like, I could probably noodle a few notes and somehow computerize a recorded sample.



That would be great, thanks. :D

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fancypiper wrote:
I have the Blacktop fipple on my Generation Bb brass tube which is my favorite solo whistle.



The white cap D is wonderful, even my daughter likes it, took awhile to get used to the low breath requirement. Are the black tops the same? Besides color, what is the difference? :

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I have some pvc white cap whistles, but I only have the Bb brass tube (I lost my blacktop fipple on a Generation C brass tube at the Loch Norman Highland Games last year) so I can't really compare.

I doubt there is much difference between the White cap and Black top other than price and color.

Others have described the sound of the Blacktop as a "darker" sound, whatever that may be. :roll:


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fancypiper wrote:
I have the Blacktop fipple on my Generation Bb brass tube which is my favorite solo whistle.


I'm hoping for one of these for Christmas, Fancypiper!

(hope, hope!)

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2007 8:51 pm 
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Fred Bechtoldt wrote:
Hello Folks,
I'm looking for the ultimate Bb whistle, after playing awhile Ive come up with these specs. Your input is greatly appreciated.
not loud
moderate air requirements
even tone both octaves
clear clean tone
brass
mid priced
light weight
Thanks in advance
F.
A Tommy tweaked Gen Bb. That actually exceeds all your requirements, IMHO.

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Blackhawk wrote:
Fred Bechtoldt wrote:
Hello Folks,
I'm looking for the ultimate Bb whistle, after playing awhile Ive come up with these specs. Your input is greatly appreciated.
not loud
moderate air requirements
even tone both octaves
clear clean tone
brass
mid priced
light weight
Thanks in advance
F.
A Tommy tweaked Gen Bb. That actually exceeds all your requirments, IMHO.

#-o Of course, why didn't I recommend this one. I have one and it's terrific.
(BTW, I also happen to know that a certain member of PWA, inspired by this thread, has a Burke Bb on the way for Christmas.)

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khl wrote:
Blackhawk wrote:
Fred Bechtoldt wrote:
Hello Folks,
I'm looking for the ultimate Bb whistle, after playing awhile Ive come up with these specs. Your input is greatly appreciated.
not loud
moderate air requirements
even tone both octaves
clear clean tone
brass
mid priced
light weight
Thanks in advance
F.
A Tommy tweaked Gen Bb. That actually exceeds all your requirments, IMHO.

#-o Of course, why didn't I recommend this one. I have one and it's terrific.
(BTW, I also happen to know that a certain member of PWA, inspired by this thread, has a Burke Bb on the way for Christmas.)
I promise, I didn't sell this one!! It wasn't me, I wasn't even in the neighborhood when it was bought/sold!

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A Burke Bb is a GOOOOOOOOOOD Christmas present!

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I have an untweaked Gen Bb in nickel that is a surprisingly good whistle. I don't use it often, because our band leader sees to it that we play tunes with tic-tac-toe in the key signatures, rather than those pesky golf-club things.

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markbell wrote:
I have an untweaked Gen Bb in nickel that is a surprisingly good whistle. I don't use it often, because our band leader sees to it that we play tunes with tic-tac-toe in the key signatures, rather than those pesky golf-club things.

Mark


I like my untweaked brass one very much too,

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Please keep in mind that "tweaking" can mean nothing more than simply cleaning up the little bits of flashing remaining on the edges of the mouthpiece/fipple. Look carefully at the opening at the top of your mouthpiece. Are there little bits of extraneous plastic on the surfaces of the sharp edges?

These can cause turbulence in the airflow over the fipple and create unpleasant sounds.

To remove them, either take a sharp pocket knife and carefully scrape them away, or else use fine sandpaper to carefully remove them.

In either case, you will be amazed at the improvement in sound quality.


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jacques0 wrote:
Please keep in mind that "tweaking" can mean nothing more than simple cleaning up the little bits of flashing remaining on the edges of the mouthpiece/fipple. Look carefully at the opening at the top of your mouthpiece. Are there little bits of extraneous plastic on the surfaces of the sharp edges?

These can cause turbulence in the airflow over the fipple and create unpleasant sounds.

Remove them.

Either (1) take a sharp pocket knife and carefully scrape them away or, or else (2) use fine sandpaper to carefully remove them.

In either case, you will be amazed at the improvement in sound quality.


Greetings mate - head on over to the Fellowship forum and introduce yourself, if you're so inclined. I'm sure everyone else here would be ' pleasedtomeetcha'!

Good to have you 'aboard'.

blessings

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I have a Burke Bb in aluminum that I no longer even use earplugs with (except in long playing sessions). It's that gentle. It's my favorite whistle. It really sings with the slow airs in Joannie Maddens tunebook.

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markbell wrote:
I have an untweaked Gen Bb in nickel that is a surprisingly good whistle. I don't use it often, because our band leader sees to it that we play tunes with tic-tac-toe in the key signatures, rather than those pesky golf-club things.

Mark


I had to read that twice! :laughing:


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