> ~ Michael Copeland D in brass - What can I say? An all around beautiful
One bad side effect of Copelands: en masse, their clarity and volume
can be really irritating. The time I did the ceili band at Elkins,
I was ready to kill Copeland players on sight by the end of the week
(actually, it pretty much was any whistle player). Kind of like being
stuck next to a bunch of piccolo players (excuse me while I have a bad
high school flashback :).
Just to contribute some substance (though it comes from a flute player
who only dabbles with whistles):
Susato D: Loud, with that distinct "PVC tone" and a tendency for notes
to crack when jumping between octaves. This one sits in my desk in
pieces (not broken, just not assembled).
Sweetone D: "Sweet," hollow sounding first octave. Mellow second
octave. Very easy to play.
Sweetone C: Sucks. Same tone as D, but unresponsive and prone to
notes cracking on octave jumps.
Soodlums D: Mellow, but very out of tune with itself.
Soodlums C: Great whistle. I use this one a lot when tunes in F and
D minor pop up at the local session. Mellow but reasonably loud. Not
as hollow sounding as the Sweetone. It will only get retired when I
get around to making a C flute...
Water Weasel D: PVC tone, though not as pronounced as Susato. Great
response and by far the best crossfingered C natural of all my D's,
probably because of the thickness of the wall (actually, the Susato
has a good Cnat, too, for the same reason).
Generation D: Crap. I've heard nice ones, but they are few and far
Generation F: Fun and responsive, but shrill.