If we are going to drift, once again, into whistle opinion land, my current best
buy suggestion for a high end whistle is the Burke (~$150). That being said, I
get more pleasure from a good Generation or Walton's Mello D (and yes, there are good ones) and usually play one of those unless I am in a session and need the volume or am being paid to record something faux-Irish and want to be in tune for modern ears. I always try to remember that a whistle should sound like a whistle and variations in intonation are part of it. Show me a fluter or fiddler that always plays in tune...... I personally think this is a conspiracy started by accordion players.
---- Aodhan <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
I have one of the early Syn whistles in Lancewood, and
I really like it as a player. It's not as loud as his
aluminum, and has a lot mellower tone.
IIRC, they were around $100-125.
--- Michael Reid <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> I have both Susatos and prefer the VSB model. To my
> ear, the VSB has
> more of a traditional whistle tone. Plus, the SB
> model is just too
> damn loud to play in the house.
> I don't own a Sindt, the ones I've heard are great,
> but I believe the
> maker has quite a long waiting list. Also, it's said
> that you have to
> half-hole the C natural; if you're used to
> cross-fingering I imagine
> that could be a pain to switch.
> An aluminum whistle in the sub-$50 range to check
> out is the "Syn,"
> from a maker in Australia, Earle Bartlett. I have
> one from an early
> production batch. The holes were a bit crudely cut,
> but I liked it a
> lot, and I think the newer ones are supposed to be
> better (with
> rounder holes, too). Search the Chiff & Fipple
> message board for
> Michael Reid
> Boulder, Colorado
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