Well, let's see... over the last 22 years I've owned over 100 whistles, and
currently own about 25. My best whistle is indeed a ge-ge-generation, though
for the last 15 years it's had a Feadog-brand head. I also own a Hudson ---
Gary gave me this one, it's a cherry/brass prototype (Gary was apprenticed to
Chris Abel). I've never met an Abel I didn't like, but they were not
inexpensive, so I never got one. Life in the working classes, you know. I've
owned several good brass Copelands (mind the intonation in the upper octave,
they're a tad sensitive) but keep giving them to old girlfriends. That might
be a bad habit, and is no doubt related to the inability to have afforded an
I actually own a real good two-piece Eagle, but the best D I have is still
that Gen/Feadog hybrid.
Oh and yes, I have a pretty good Susato (tuneable). Loud, and that's useful.
the right choice in every situation...I stand on the premise that the material
irrelevant to the timbre produced. This is the physics of the situation and
blind-test proved: take two otherwise identical bore, hole, and fipple-angle
different materials and you cannot identify which is which with any certainty.
Your lab reports are due Friday, and remember the midterm counts for 20% of
Obviously I have spent too much time thinking about such things...I'm still
trying to get a decent embouchoure on my bouzouki. Damned thing is *so* hard
to fill.... ---pg