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PostPosted: Sun Dec 03, 2017 11:41 am 
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Mr.Gumby wrote:
USPS prices are through the roof but ebay global shipping is outrageous, totally prohibitive for relatively cheap items. The days of getting stuff from the US are long gone.

The exorbitant prices of the Global Shipping Program, plus shenanigans such as those detailed in this thread, are the two reasons I will have nothing to do with the Global Shipping Program.

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 03, 2017 12:25 pm 
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Polara Pat wrote:
I contacted Dixon and they suggested a music store in Ontario that carries them. Sadly that's on the opposite side of the country.
Was that Long and McQuade? They have stores all across the country. Their website says the Vancouver store has brass Dixons in stock, for example.


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 03, 2017 4:53 pm 
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Tunborough wrote:
Polara Pat wrote:
I contacted Dixon and they suggested a music store in Ontario that carries them. Sadly that's on the opposite side of the country.
Was that Long and McQuade? They have stores all across the country. Their website says the Vancouver store has brass Dixons in stock, for example.


I did check them out but it was still a bit cheaper through Amazon and I was feeling patient at the time. I also wanted the nickel finish.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 14, 2017 11:10 pm 
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I'd spend more time with what you have and ask the question again in a couple of months. I have heard new players sound like crap on a Sindt or a Burke, and experienced players making a cheapie sing. In your case, you will likely get better with time an have a better idea of what you want later. If money is that tight you'll want to really know what you want. If you have contacts with other players you might find someone willing to loan you something if you appear serious.


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 15, 2017 9:21 am 
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Dan A. wrote:
I had a gander at the Dixon Web site. Some very nice instruments there. ...Though I would get antsy if I had to wait on a shipment from the UK! Is your Dixon brass or nickel?


Oh my... Dan, you can order a great brass Dixon Trad right from this swell store in Red Wing, Minnesota:
http://www.hobgoblin-usa.com/local/sales/products/GR23050/tony-dixon-trad-high-d-whistle-brass/

Several of my whistles I've gotten from them- great customer service, friendly, and fast. :thumbsup:
They carry a whole lot of nice whistles at good prices, including a whole line of metal and polymer Dixons.

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I highly recommend hobgoblin usa.i found a Kerry pro in f their that was not on their website so it's best to call them to see what they have, they are very helpful.i was looking at an alba until I spotted the Kerry pro.they have a lot that is not on their website and if you go there you can try them out.


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 17, 2017 12:00 am 
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Even a Dixon Trad will have shrillness for a new player. IMO, breath control is your biggest priority as a new player, and you can't learn that by sidegrading or even upgrading. Get thee to a practice room.


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I know it's a bit late, but I would recommend picking up a Clarke Sweetone. I began, much as you did, with a Walton's that came with a book. I still have that whistle, and to this day it is absolutely awful in the upper register.

The Clarke Sweetones, in contrast, tend to be lovely and birdlike. The first octave isn't as powerful as some of the cylindrical whistles, but I will happily trade that for a whistle that is nice all the way up to the second octave B.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 10:36 am 
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I've recently purchased a new Soodlum whistle with cassette tape still unopened in package. Cheaply too as in paid more for shipping than for whistle. The Soodlum whistle played very nicely into the second octave and up to the high b. I'm not a collector, nor fan of the secondary market much, but, this Soodlum was unopened in the original package.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 11:25 am 
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AngelicBeaver wrote:
I know it's a bit late, but I would recommend picking up a Clarke Sweetone. I began, much as you did, with a Walton's that came with a book. I still have that whistle, and to this day it is absolutely awful in the upper register.

I intend on picking up a Clarke before too long. I did, however, buy a Feadóg, which (to my ear, anyway) has a much better second octave.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 2:32 pm 
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Dan A. wrote:
AngelicBeaver wrote:
I know it's a bit late, but I would recommend picking up a Clarke Sweetone. I began, much as you did, with a Walton's that came with a book. I still have that whistle, and to this day it is absolutely awful in the upper register.

I intend on picking up a Clarke before too long. I did, however, buy a Feadóg, which (to my ear, anyway) has a much better second octave.


A Feadóg was my second whistle, and it was also much improved. My issue with the soprano whistles, and what drove me towards the low whistles, is how piercing they get at the second octave B.

I'd given up on the high whistles until I happened upon a box of Clarke Woodstocks on a vacation near the Canadian border. I bought a green one, and it became my favorite soprano D whistle. It's nearly identical to the Sweetones I've purchased since, but it's just got a little something extra in its tone. I've never been able to find another Woodstock branded whistle. I wish I'd bought the whole box, as they were only $8 each.

Anyhow, the conical bore makes it different from every other Soprano whistle I've tried and I'd recommend anyone searching through the various whistles to give one a try.

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