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 Post subject: Whistle Smith
PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2008 3:28 pm 
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So what do you guys know about these Whistle Smith whistles? Ever played one?

http://www.whistlesmith.com/archives/ca ... istles.php

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 Post subject: Re: Whistle Smith
PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2008 3:54 pm 
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Here's a thread I saw on C&F:

http://chiffboard.mati.ca/viewtopic.php?t=56820

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 Post subject: Re: Whistle Smith
PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2008 4:10 pm 
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Kitty, I just got A Whistle Smith Low D. I had a couple other Low D's before, A Howard and a Susato, but couldn't do much with them because even using the pipers' grip it was too much for my semi-arthritic fingers. The Whistle Smith Low D is much more "finger-friendly" to me. With a lot of practice I could probably get by with the standard soprano whistle grip, but right now I have more success getting a better toe hole seal with the pipers' grip. I like the sound of the whistle which I'll call mellow. I've only had this whistle for a week, but so far no complaints.


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 Post subject: Re: Whistle Smith
PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2008 6:08 pm 
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I have these whistles in A and Bb. They are in tune, but take boatloads of air to play. Not worth it, really, for what I like in whistles.

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 Post subject: Re: Whistle Smith
PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2008 6:29 pm 
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I bought a low F and you have to admire the maker for his design and rather unique way of creating a simpe fipple. The problem is that you have basically a round and sort of blunt windway, which in the Low F, sounds so windy and breathy that I play it, but not with that much enthusiam, and would never think of performing before others with it. I still think its a good learners instument with its easier reach.

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 Post subject: Re: Whistle Smith
PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2008 11:53 pm 
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I had one of the high Ds a couple of years ago -- donated it to IDAwHOa's Sunday school class. As I recall, it was a fairly easy player, pretty much in tune with itself. The tone was a tiny bit airish, but pleasant. I've played much worse whistles and much better. It was a decent whistle but not one I worried about replacing.


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 Post subject: Re: Whistle Smith
PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2008 8:47 am 
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I owned one of their Low G whistles for a few months. The other descriptions are right on: nice design, nice looking whistle and breathy. It did have a nice tone, fairly impressive for PVC, but it seemed to take a lot of wind to get up into the second octave. The finger spacing and the price seem to be the major selling points. However it seems that many of us have owned one and don't any longer so that may be telling as well.
It comes with a nice little piece of foam to clean up the bore of the whistle. I thought this was a nifty idea and continue to use it even though the whistle is long gone. They also come in a variety of keys and colors :) .

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 Post subject: Re: Whistle Smith
PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2008 2:41 pm 
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I have a low D. It has a very very breathy tone and takes a lot of breath to get going. But I can finger it with the standard grip and not a pipers grip


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 Post subject: Re: Whistle Smith
PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2008 6:59 pm 
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Hmmmm.... . . ... I would like to try my hand at tweaking one of those whistles.


Now where is that smiley with the tools?

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 Post subject: Re: Whistle Smith
PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2008 8:07 pm 
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Tommy wrote:
Hmmmm.... . . ... I would like to try my hand at tweaking one of those whistles.


Now where is that smiley with the tools?



I could send you my Low D to play with. hehe still need to send you my sweetheart too.


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