i have Clark, Black Beauty, Generation, and Susato whistles. generally i
agree with the comments that rick made. i find the tone from the susato to
be "shrill" (it is also loud); it is my least favorite. i may try thinning
the wall in the area of the holes to see if that changes things...
the black beauty has a decent sound, but it was badly out of tune. i fixed
the tuning, but it is still hard to play. the notes are hard to keep on
pitch, compared to other whistles. i like the tone from the clark a lot, and
it is easy to play. i tried making a few whistles from copper pipe, but i
haven't liked the way any of them sound.
my favorite whistle is my great grandfathers. it is about 100 years old, and
was presumably made in ireland, since he came from ulster. it is nickel
plated metal, with a lead plug. i think some day i may coat the lead with
epoxy, but i almost never play it because it is at my parents. it has the
sweetest, smoothest tone, which i think is due to the very thin walls and
small air hole. it is a C whistle. it is very quiet compared to any of my
other whistles, so i think there may be a trade-off there.
> 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.
>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.
> --Rick Gagne, Bath, New Hampshire, USA