It is currently Thu Jul 02, 2020 4:23 am

All times are UTC - 6 hours




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 7 posts ] 
Author Message
 
 Post subject: Made my whistles quieter
PostPosted: Thu Jun 25, 2020 2:57 pm 
Offline

Joined: Fri Nov 15, 2019 3:31 pm
Posts: 41
My family doesn't share my love for the tin whistle, to put it mildly. I moved from the family room to the back yard, but they still complain.
Anyway, I saw some pictures of a shush whistle and thought I'd give it a try. It looks like it's just a piece of metal surrounding the blade. I bought a sheet of copper (I wanted brass but couldn't find it at the store) and cut a strip about 1/4" wide and an inch long. I folded it such that the end that goes under the blade is about the same length as the blade, and the remainder sticks out of the top of the mouthpiece. It's stuck in place with some blu tack.
I am amazed at how easy it was to make this tweak, and how good the two whistles that I tried it on sound. They're a fair bit quieter than they were before, and their tone is sweet/pure. Most other tweaks I've tried (tape and blu tack on the mouthpiece, among others) tend to make a whistle breathy and require a little more air to play. The whistles are a Clare and a Dixon Trad.
I don't know what else goes in to an official shush whistle, but I'm very happy with the results of my experiment so far.


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 
PostPosted: Fri Jun 26, 2020 3:12 am 
Offline

Joined: Mon Aug 14, 2017 5:47 am
Posts: 836
Location: Surrey/Hants border, England
Good to know that the folded cardboard method works well if made out of metal. :thumbsup:

I tried several ways initially, but as I got a little bit better at whistle, I didn't blow so hard to get the notes, & as a consequence, played quieter. :)

_________________
Keith.
Trying to do justice to my various musical instruments.


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 
PostPosted: Fri Jun 26, 2020 8:10 am 
Offline

Joined: Fri Nov 15, 2019 3:31 pm
Posts: 41
I do OK with the lower octave, but the upper octave notes, especially A and B are loud!


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 
PostPosted: Fri Jun 26, 2020 10:49 pm 
Offline

Joined: Mon Jun 08, 2020 9:21 pm
Posts: 19
Parks whistles have a thing you can turn to make it quieter. I havent personally used it myself but it could help. My tillbury C whistle feels quieter than my feadog. I still don't hit the very top high notes but I wouldn't even want to go half up second octave on the feadog so its still noticeably quieter. You could also get a low whistle, are less loud and shrill.

Glad your silencing has been working. I have similar issues, nobody complains but I feel bad practicing sometimes haha.


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 
PostPosted: Sat Jun 27, 2020 7:24 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Tue May 26, 2020 9:15 am
Posts: 15
Location: Tyler, Texas
Alaskamike, would you please post a picture or two of your tweak. Particularly how/where you attached the blue tack to the copper strip. Thanks!


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 
PostPosted: Tue Jun 30, 2020 8:46 am 
Offline

Joined: Fri Nov 15, 2019 3:31 pm
Posts: 41
Here are a couple of photos of a Feaodog that I just tweaked.

The first picture shows the new brass piece:

Image

And the second photo shows it installed.

Image

I put the blu tack on top of the existing blade and squeezed out the excess as I pushed the brass piece into place. The top got scratched while I was trying to set it in place on top of the blade.


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 
PostPosted: Wed Jul 01, 2020 9:49 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Tue May 26, 2020 9:15 am
Posts: 15
Location: Tyler, Texas
Alaskamike, thanks for pictures, that helps!!!


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 7 posts ] 

All times are UTC - 6 hours


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 6 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group
[ Time : 0.115s | 15 Queries | GZIP : On ]
(dh)