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 Post subject: Feadog pro D whistle
PostPosted: Sat Jul 14, 2018 10:28 am 
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Hi all, I am new to this forum and started playing the tin whistle about 6 months ago. I purchased a new whistle, a Feadog Pro D and I am having a bit of a time with it. There seems to be some chatter with it. Just checking if it is air control or a feature of this whistle. I do not have that problem with my Blackbird D. I am not blowing very hard but it seems when I go to the higher octave there is some squeaking and chatter. Any ideas, I know it may be breath control but I am at my wits end. Perhaps someone has the same whistle and knows the idiosyncrasy's of that particular whistle. :-?


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 Post subject: Re: Feadog pro D whistle
PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2018 6:25 am 
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Look very closely at all areas where your breath passes through or over any part of the mouthpiece. The plastic molding process often leaves little bits of plastic where they shouldn't be. These cause turbulence in the airflow which can account for extraneous sounds.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2018 6:32 am 
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Hi Laura and welcome.

According to the blurb (on the Feadóg website) breath control is more important in the pro. When I got one it was however not an apparent feature. Whistles like this, injection moulded heads, are variable, it's part of the process. In addition your are new player. Between those two, it is hard to tell what is causing the problem without taking the whistle itself for a spin. In general terms I would suggest the Blackbird requires a lighter touch than the Feadóg but any number of things could cause your problem. All said and done: I binned the head of the Pro I got, it just wasn't right.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2018 7:28 am 
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Laura wrote:
Hi all, I am new to this forum and started playing the tin whistle about 6 months ago. I purchased a new whistle, a Feadog Pro D and I am having a bit of a time with it. There seems to be some chatter with it. Just checking if it is air control or a feature of this whistle. I do not have that problem with my Blackbird D. I am not blowing very hard but it seems when I go to the higher octave there is some squeaking and chatter. Any ideas, I know it may be breath control but I am at my wits end. Perhaps someone has the same whistle and knows the idiosyncrasy's of that particular whistle. :-?



So I'm a beginner also, and I went though a lot of inexpensive whistles and they were all frustrating in the way you describe--i could not tell the difference between what might be a problem with the whistle and what might be my poor technique.

I bought a killarney whistle in D and a Jerry Freeman Tweaked whistle in D on ebay, a Mellow Dog, and they both eliminated the kinds of problems I was having with notes cracking or rattling. Just much much more consistent and easier to play. Just much more fun and less fuss. Of the two I love the Killarney best, but the Freeman has a great sound as well, a little smoother.

Since then, since I have a model of what a good whistle should sound and act like, I've done some tweaking to the Feadogs and other whistles and managed to get them playing better. I have a Feadog Pro D in my hand right now in fact. In most cases putting some poster putty in the cavity under the mouthpiece made a big difference. It just seems to make it more stable. And it seems to matter how much you fill the cavity. Also taking some very fine sandpaper and smoothing the airway. I got 600 grit automotive sandpaper and cut it into strips, then wet the mouthpiece and ran it through the airway, looking for any irregularities or bits of flashing. The Feadog plays pretty well now. I still prefer the Killarney by a mile


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