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 Post subject: Key of F
PostPosted: Mon Oct 29, 2018 6:29 am 
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Hello there!

I had a couple of questions about whistles in the key of F I was hoping you could help out with.

There doesn't seem to be many whistle makers that offer this key so I am wondering...

1. Can you recommend someone who does? (preferably with a brass body)
2. Is there something inherently difficult with making a high F whistle or is there just not enough of a demand for them?

Thanks in advance for your help!


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 Post subject: Re: Key of F
PostPosted: Mon Oct 29, 2018 11:15 am 
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I have a Chieftain F, which I love the tone of, though it is an aluminium body. With hindsight I would have bought the tuneable version as mine is slightly flat.


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 Post subject: Re: Key of F
PostPosted: Mon Oct 29, 2018 11:40 am 
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Mack Hoover should be able to make one for you in any key.


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 Post subject: Re: Key of F
PostPosted: Mon Oct 29, 2018 12:00 pm 
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At the top of this forum there is a whistle makers thread listing various shops. The list is a bit dated however many of the whistle makers are still active. You could breeze thru and see who makes what keys and types of whistles.

viewtopic.php?f=1&t=99954


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 Post subject: Re: Key of F
PostPosted: Mon Oct 29, 2018 12:02 pm 
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hawthorn1213 wrote:
Hello there!

making a high F whistle

Thanks in advance for your help!


Jerry freeman has them on eBay.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Freeman-Whistl ... rk:15:pf:0

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 Post subject: Re: Key of F
PostPosted: Mon Oct 29, 2018 12:25 pm 
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....& of course there is Generation, brass &/or nickel. ;)

(My nickel high F plays OK.)

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 Post subject: Re: Key of F
PostPosted: Mon Oct 29, 2018 5:35 pm 
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Thanks for the response!

I've contacted Dixon (I love my High D) Reyburn, and Killarney but no luck.

I didn't know Chieftain made a high F. I have a low F of theirs but I'm not the biggest fan.

I ordered a generation to do the tweaks myself but I was really hoping for something nicer.

I may consider Carbony - Does anyone have any experience with their high whistles?


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 Post subject: Re: Key of F
PostPosted: Tue Oct 30, 2018 2:11 am 
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With luck, you may be surprised when you receive your Generation high F.


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 Post subject: Re: Key of F
PostPosted: Tue Oct 30, 2018 8:22 am 
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I think it's interesting that for years MK only made a Low D.

Then when they came out with a second key, it was "mezzo" F. I wonder: why that key?

I have a "mezzo" F, a Burke, and it's very nice. I don't use it much.

BTW F whistles play in F Major and B flat Major (one flat and two flats).

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 Post subject: Re: Key of F
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I wonder: why that key?


Modern Players/bands, Lunasa etc, use them a lot. Increases popularity, that. And they're Low-ish without the stretch of the D. It's a handy format to play. Middle ground. If you're into that sort of thing ofcourse ( I realise this thread is about high ones).

I believe these guys were playing Fs there (I may be wrong though):

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 Post subject: Re: Key of F
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Gary Humphrey makes a high F whistle with a brass tube.

http://web.blomand.net/~ghumphrey/

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 Post subject: Re: Key of F
PostPosted: Tue Oct 30, 2018 10:53 am 
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hawthorn1213 wrote:
I didn't know Chieftain made a high F.

They don't. But the 'high' was a little buried in your OP and some folk are discussing low (alto) Fs here.

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 Post subject: Re: Key of F
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Peter Duggan wrote:
hawthorn1213 wrote:
I didn't know Chieftain made a high F.

They don't. But the 'high' was a little buried in your OP and some folk are discussing low (alto) Fs here.


Indeed, apologies. I missed the bit about "high" too.


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 Post subject: Re: Key of F
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I missed the "high" too.

Why on Earth, why.

I can't even finger those, really.

(Yes I know Mary Bergin sounds great on them. But she's Mary Bergin.)

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 Post subject: Re: Key of F
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I can play the high F reasonably, but my high G is tight. :D

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