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PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2018 5:31 am 
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I bought a blacktop Oak on a whim about 10 years ago. It wasn't very good. I've done the usual plasticine in the mouthpiece fix, which has improved it a little, but the second octave F# and G are fragile and scratchy. My tweaking skills stop at plasticine!

If any would-be tweaker would like to try their hand at improving it, I'd be happy to send it on the understanding that they'd do it for free and send it back, but if they made an ar$e of it there would be no great loss to anyone. I'd prefer within the UK to save on postage. Perhaps someone wants to test their methods??

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2018 7:25 am 
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It may be easier for you to order an O'Briain tweaked whistle in case your Oak fails. Jerry Freeman also makes first rate tweaked whistles. I putty-cavity tweaked two Oaks and they came out pretty good. Doing things to the windway/blade etc. takes a good bit of skill.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2018 10:25 am 
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Thanks, Tyler.

I don't really want or need an O'Briain or a Freeman, as I have 3 good D whistles already. I just found this slightly crappy old Oak in a drawer and thought maybe someone who wants to try their hand at tweaking might fancy trying their tricks with it on the basis that they couldn't make it any worse...

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PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2018 9:03 pm 
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Do you know how to do the putty-cavity tweak? If, you want to cover postage to the states(Arizona)I'll have a go at it! I have an Oak High D and a Oak C that I tweaked and they both sound and play pretty good. If, you want to have a go at it yourself? send me a PM here C&F and I'll Coach you through the process. M

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PostPosted: Thu May 24, 2018 12:27 pm 
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plas┬Ěti┬Ěcine

a soft modeling material; I just re-read your post.....looks like you have done the soft putty trick! so, probably needs work on inside of wind-way and blade....... Polishing! Also Polish the the tube if its Brass but most likely its nickel . Polish inside w/water using a Vinyl strip. A back and forth motion(remove head)Polish like a Barber sharpening a straight razor! Good Luck! M PS: You can find vinyl on the front and back of school notebooks! Here in the states, I go to the dollar store to find them. Cut a strip of Vinyl from front or back of notebook. There,
you have a Barber strap....dig? Now use a weighted object (on a table)to secure one end of Vinyl strap. You thread the strap through Fipple and hold the other end w/hand! Wet strap with water or whatever you want to use! A back&Forth motion with free hand......this will take some time! I do an hour /take a break and so-on. This really does work on SOME whistles! You can also use soft leather as a strap if you like. Forgot....Thread strap through wind-way and polish upper & lower wind-way next, polish Blade...thread strap through window and out bottom end of Fipple(where tube goes in)polish blade with back&forth motion like a Barber sharpening a straight razor! When you finish and during testing of said whistle and you get it where you want it to sound.....give whistle a bath and wash off polishing cream if not using water! Polishing creams/oils I have used....Coconut oil, olive oil, lite rubbing compound(automotive),soap,I like water to work with but the oils work very well as a polishing compound too. They are messy to clean tho.....that's why i like water!

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PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2018 7:15 am 
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Thanks for the tips, Mickey.
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