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PostPosted: Sat Sep 23, 2017 2:46 am 
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 23, 2017 6:17 am 
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This is an interesting turn of events!

It would be interesting to know what has got you looking in to O'Briain whistles.

And of course it would be interesting to be updated on your findings.

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 23, 2017 6:46 am 
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My Goldie Low Ds are my favourite whistles that I play 99% of the time but, as I think you know, Richard, Colin is currently making me a medium blower that should play much more easily in the second/third octaves while losing a little strength in the first, dynamics that appeal to me. I've been aware for a long time that the Ian Lambe and Cillian O'Briain Low Ds also possess those same dynamics though probably requiring more breath than I expect the new Goldie to have. I like the Goldie/Overton tone more than any other but these two whistles also have attractive tones especially the O'Briain. I don't think Ian makes his whistles anymore but I have one in mint condition waiting for me in the US, for my wife to bring back when she's there early next year. I would also like to try the O'Briain. It may turn out that I would rather play only Goldies but the Lambe and O'Briain probably represent the only other low whistles that interest me enough to buy and play for an occasional change from the Goldies. Maybe Hammy Hamilton's Low D!

It doesn't hurt, too, that two of my favourite low whistle players - Paddy Keenan and Martin Nolan - play O'Briain's!


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Yes I think you're going about it the right way, because the only way to know about a Low D is to try it.

I obtained- from our fellow member here Ted (not the dear Father) an MK which Paddy Keenan toured with for a year or two. It was, I think, the fourth or fifth MK Low D I bought (all different) and one of the best. It was covered with a thin layer of some sticky substance I came to call "Keenan goo" which proved difficult to remove.

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Sounds disgusting!! I've had no responses to my thread with suggests that people who own the O'Briain like to hang on to them. I've heard it said that he didn't make that many either.


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I've had no responses to my thread with suggests that people who own the O'Briain like to hang on to them.



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I've had no responses to my thread with suggests that people who own the O'Briain like to hang on to them.


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Have a "new" whistle custom made to your exact specifications.


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ytliek wrote:

Have a "new" whistle custom made to your exact specifications.


I've had so many issues with that over the years (too tedious to relate) that I now much prefer to buy instruments used.

Try it, see how it plays, then either keep it or sell it for around the same price I bought it for.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 05, 2017 1:26 am 
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Have a "new" whistle custom made to your exact specifications.

I don't know of any whistle makers that would do that, create a whistle with exact personal specifications. Perhaps you do. To my limited knowledge only Colin Goldie approaches that ideal. As I mentioned, currently he is in the process of making me a whistle with specifications I've requested but that still lie within the realm of what his normal design and manufacturing parameters will allow. I'm thinking and hoping that it will be as close as I can get to my ideal Low D.


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