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PostPosted: Fri Jan 26, 2018 9:20 am 
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I have several cheap wooden whistles that I've bought fomr places like Siesta over the years but never in concert pitch. Some look like bamboo others may be bamboo or another wood but with a mottled surface that I realise is actually a beautiful light coloured pattern. The latter have an atypical fipple end with a movable ring of wood over the barrel that forms the blow hole. Think it may be from the Andes. Adjusting the ring affects the tone. The tone of both types can be lovely if chosen carefully but never in tune. Not knowing how the two registers relate I'm not sure they can be fully tuned to itself let alone concert! Is there anyone making 'whistles' from these materials in concert tuning? I know there are excellent makers producing beautiful whistles but I like the look and tone of the cheap ones.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 26, 2018 12:25 pm 
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These are mostly unstruments, I'm afraid. Or at least, I've never found one that could be played in tune or in any other instrument's company. I don't know anyone making music-quality versions of a bamboo whistle. They're cheap tourist-trade tat, IMO - a souvenir to hang on your wall.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 26, 2018 12:32 pm 
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Perhaps the bamboo instrument is merely geographical or cultural being made without any notion of concert pitch.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 26, 2018 12:47 pm 
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Perhaps, but it makes little practical difference.

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https://eriktheflutemaker.com/collectio ... nnywhistle


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I have one, made in India as I recall, that I bought for $2 at Disneyland back in the 1980s.

It plays great! Lovely tone, and the octaves are spot-on.

The scale was wonky, having the equal-sized-equal-spaced layout often seen on folk instruments, which gives you a neutral 3rd.

With carving and tape I got the scale in tune.

It's stamped "B" but I can't remember checking it for pitch.

With the band I played in back in the 80s we would do a whistle & drum thing, me playing that and a couple guys playing bodhran. The whistle was perfect for that slightly primitive Old School sound.

PS what is 'siesta' other than a nap?

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