>That is, if you can "find" a good Generation in D.
>Mary Bergin... told us that once she sat down with a whole case of
>Generations (a gross of them I think) and didn't find one that was
>acceptable to her. She now plays a John Sindt whistle.
Good story, Mike! I've never had the chance to pick through a gross of
Generations, a great opportunity! They vary quite a bit--as do Abells, and
Copelands, and Thin Weasels. I wonder if many players are able to find a
Generation which they love simply because there are so many to pick from.
Chris suggests that we describe specifically what we like and don't like
about different whistles:
METAL D WHISTLES:
Generation: the best. Great for controlling tone, and for varying
non-tonal noise tonguing and when changing octaves. Inexpensive. Brass
and nickel-coated brass both good.
Copeland: very very good. Vary less than Generations. Easier to play for
the beginner, smooth even tone, nice and loud. Brass best (warmer tone),
nickel second best (does he still make these?), silver last.
Sindt: I've played two, briefly, both good. And a good price.
Clark: breathy and untunable, but great for old-fashioned sound.
Oak: another good cheapie. But mouthpieces often taste/feel bad.
Soodlums: smoother tone than most cheap whistles, which I don't like.
Feadog: another cheapie, not too bad.
OTHER D WHISTLES:
I don't like the tone of any of the wooden or plastic whistles I have
played or heard. I suspect that this difference ("woody" and "sweet" to
those who like it, "fuzzy" or "stuffed up" to those who don't) comes from
the thickness of the whistle wall.
Abell: the best of the fat-walls. Even tone, fairly loud, consistent.
Thin Weasel: tone less pleasant.
Susato: poor tone, many of them untunable, thumb-holder annoying. But a
decent choice for a cheap A whistle, and thumb-holder can be whittled off.
I've played few except for Generation.
Generation: Bb good but sluggish flute-like response. C good. Eb
wonderful, even better than D. F all right. G not good.
I've played few; I prefer flute to low D whistle. I own only Overton low D
and low G, and Howard low D.
Overton low D: mine okay. Hard to finger, airway too narrow and so clogs;
but sounds good. Low G: mine sounds bad. I hear that Overtons vary
through time, and that old ones (until early 1980s?) and new ones (mid to
late 90s?) are good, but not those in between.
Howard low D: mine sounds awful.
Copeland: I've played only one. Decent tone, easier to play than Overton.
So much for my experience. Players vary even more than whistles, so I look
forward to hearing from others. We whistle players are lucky--almost all
whistles are playable and inexpensive; let us pity the fiddlers, flautists,
accordion users, and above all pipers and concertina players. Poor folk,
shelling out so much money for instruments and bows which are bulky,
fragile, difficult to tune, and in need of constant maintenance. We feel
so sorry for you.
All the best--
--Rick Gagne, Bath, New Hampshire, USA