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PostPosted: Wed Jan 17, 2018 10:12 am 
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Clarke Originals can turn out wonderful with tweaking. There's some variation from one whistle to the next, but when you get a really good one, it's REALLY good.

Here's what to do:

1. Depress the windway roof to make it less arched, with the bottom (downstream) end of the windway roof flat across and as low as you can make it. You'll need to squeeze the sides while you compress the top so the sides don't spring out and separate from the wooden block. That will reduce the air requirement and focus the sound. If the bottom notes buzz, you've lowered the roof too far. Lift it up again just slightly enough to make the buzz go away. That will be the windway roof position that gives the most focused sound and takes the least air.

2. Straighten the soundblade. Clarke presses them into a sort of wavy "M" shape. That means there are only four points where the soundblade is in the right position and the rest of the soundblade is out of position. Inefficient for making music, efficient for making nonmusical, windy, whooshy sounds. Make it straight across and parallel to the windway floor.

3. Adjust the soundblade up or down to make it about a third of the way up from the windway floor. In other words, sighting through the beak toward a bright background or light source, you should see a strip of daylight above and below the soundblade. There should be about twice as much daylight visible above the soundblade as there is below it. Try different soundblade positions up and down until you find the one that gives the best sound. Keep the soundblade straight across so the distance above the windway floor is even from side to side, not less in some places and more in others.

You'll need to go back and forth between adjustments 1 and 3 until you get the combination that works best.

I hope that makes sense.

Best wishes,

You can purchase my whistles:
on eBay
directly from me: email jerry ("at") freemanwhistles ("dot") com,
from one of the vendors who carry Freeman whistles.

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