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PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2018 9:19 am 
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I've been having fun with my whistles I bought a couple of weeks back, & my piccolo :) - still trying to come to terms with my low D flute though. :(

So, I thought I'd see if there was a lower whistle than my Bb Generation that I could try out, without spending a fortune, so I've ordered up a brass Alto G from Tony Dixon. :D

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 22, 2018 5:17 am 
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(Update)

The TD brass alto G whistle came this morning........first impressions are that it is a nice product, reasonably priced, & sounds good. :thumbsup:

The one piece plastic high D whistle also seems to be a good product at it's price - as is my plastic one piece piccolo. :)
(If I play outside in winter, they'll come in handy. :wink: )

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2018 11:03 pm 
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Hi Fatmac, You are now on a very slippery slope. Over on YouTube in the comments section we quite often refer to a common condition among whistle players called W.A.S (Whistle Acquisition Syndrome)
Okay it's a tongue in cheek subject, but I believe there's truth in it having contracted this condition myself. In my first year of whistle playing I must have bought more than 20 whistles. It's not that I really needed them I just wanted them. Sadly there's no cure for this condition. How often do we look at posts here on C&F that begin, "I didn't need another D whistle BUT!!!!" Having said that I think your recent acquisition was a very good choice indeed. The Dixon one piece polymer D is a great little whistle in my opinion. I've never tried a Dixon Brass alto G but I do have the polymer one and that is one of my favorites. Tony Dixon whistles are always a safe bet because in my experience the quality is consistent so you know what you get will always be what you are expecting.
Looking towards the future, sooner or later you'll be looking at the more "High End" whistles (It's all part of W.A.S.) When that time comes, as it surely will, check out a "Killarney" there's a review here on C&F. I have a Killarney Nickel D and that is by far the best D whistle I've played. There is also a brass one that many people choose but I've never tried one so I can't really comment on that. Killarney whistles are made by two brothers called Padraig & Tadgh Buckley both of whom are players themselves and wanted to produce a quality whistle at a reasonable price (Around £70) They are built to order so the wait when I got mine was about 3 weeks. There are many more "High End" whistles of course, but I believe to beat a Killarney you would be looking at something considerably more expensive. There's a bit of "Food for Thought" for you.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2018 1:36 am 
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Hah! The warning comes too late I'm afraid - WAS has already got me. :D

A full set of 6 Generation nickels, a brass high D, a Faedog high D, & now these 2 Dixons - & I only came to these forums looking for information from like minded people to help me find my embouchure for my Boehm flute & piccolo! :wink:

FAS also seems to be catching, because I've got the TD starter simple system flute & piccolo, & just put in an order for a new Damian Thompson entry level flute that he has just developed. :)

I may never be a great player, but I'm certainly having some fun. :thumbsup:

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2018 2:39 am 
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Yes WAS gets all of us. I got the full set of Generation whistles within my first month. Mine were brass. I now have two Dixon D whistles Nickel and Polymer. Generation Boho paisley D. two Waltons D whistles. Recorder Workshop and Ferris D whistles. Clarke Celtic D, James Galway D and of course my favorite the Killarney D. Almost forgot a Susato D as well. That's not including all the other keys I'll list another time. Oh yes I also have a Chris Wall D whistle. I must have got WAS quite badly.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2018 4:17 am 
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I'm guessing they're all high D - they are so collectable - must resist. :lol:

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2018 5:16 am 
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Yes they are all high D whistles, there are a couple more I forgot, a Clarke Original D and a very nice handmade D whistle that a friend made for me. I do have a Low D, that one is a Shearwater. I went for that because the third and sixth holes are off-set a little bit to make it less of a stretch to play. I have read reviews that say Shearwater whistles can have tuning issues but I've never found it to be a problem with the one I have. In defense of so many high D whistles some were given to me as "Stocking fillers" over the last three Christmas's and some came from ebay in job lots with music books ect.
As you say they are collectable and a bit hard to resist sometimes.


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