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PostPosted: Sat Sep 22, 2018 10:35 pm 
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I have a Blackbird by Freeman that I like quite a bit. It’s excellent sounding, very clear and birdlike, and not shrill in the upper octave notes, it doesn’t make me wince like some of my whistles do. It’s a bit tricky on the lowest notes, needing very little air, bit it’s worth the effort to learn the control needed, something which should be learned anyhow.
The other whistles I have which are more pure sounding, without that initial harmonic at the beginning of the note is some hybrid. One has a mouthpiece with Mack 1188 etched into it on a brass Feadog barrel, and another is a Freeman tweaked one that doesn’t have any sticker other than the Freeman one. It’s very similar to my Soodlum Mellow D and Walton Mellow D, so maybe it’s a mellow dog? Anyhow, it’s a very solid player, quite smooth sounding.
I think the best upper octave goes to the Blackbird. It’s very effortless and sweet.
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I too agree that the Freeman Blackbird would be the one with least breath requirement, less 'chiffy'/more sweet pure, and a a great second octave without getting squeaky. The brass Dixon is lovely, but quite chiffy with a sort of 'hollow metal' tone (which I find real nice).
The Freeman Mellow Dog is another that has a little less chiff and a strong 2nd oct, and doesn't require forceful air at all. The Blackbird sounds a little sweeter like birgsong, than the Mellowdog, which is a little 'rounder' in tone.

Personally, i define 'chiffy' as kind of like when you say "shh shh shh" instead of "sss sss sss". :D

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Chiff is when you say, "Chiff," instead of, "iff."


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Tunborough wrote:
Chiff is when you say, "Chiff," instead of, "iff."

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2018 7:57 pm 
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To me that seems more like the tongue-ing effect though.

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