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PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2018 6:19 pm 
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Hello Fipplers!!

Long time, no post by me. Been away too long. I have seen advertisements on FaceBook for whistle heads that can be made to replace the traditional mouthpiece on a transverse flute--you know, the standard, old fashioned silver' flute. When set up as suggested, the lowest scale had D as the bell note, which is fine with me. It is my understand that, with that low-end limitation, all other notes that are attainable on a traditional flute are attainable on the one with the whistle head. I have a decent Yamaha introductory flute that probably cost about $300.00 that I rarely play, partially due to a neck problem (my neck, not any part of the flute) and largely due to sloth on my part. I see that the price for the head is somewhere between $250.00 and $300.00. The maker suggests sending him the flute to insure correct fit, tolerances, etc., which I think is a good idea. I am inclined to do that. Before I take that plunge, I was wondering if anyone out there has acquired one of these heads and if you are pleased with the results.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2018 5:19 am 
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Hi Tom, good to see you.


You may want to look at this thread: O'Brien Chromalow whistle discussion or are you referring to another set up?

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2018 6:05 am 
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My inquiry was precipitated by a product being offered by another maker. I believe he is referred to later in the thread.


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"educciman" (Martin Niethammer in Berlin, Germany) on this forum (hasn't visited since Apr 2018) was in development of a whistle head as well. No website AFAIK, but he has an email of { educciman (at) gmail (dot) com }, and YouTube videos. Wonder how he's getting on?

This one's a curved head:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kF_FcyC6fco

*** Edited to a later email address, found in a 2017 posting elsewhere. His previous website is no longer active.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2018 6:26 am 
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Tom Dowling wrote:
My inquiry was precipitated by a product being offered by another maker. I believe he is referred to later in the thread.

I'm guessing that is the Ethnicwinds one (Nick Metcalf) as illustrated here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2r1LsMUaRk

There were some delivery difficulties with Nick Metcalf discussed by a member in a C&F thread a couple of years ago. I don't know the current status. I think Nick sells his whistles on eBay and may have resolved such earlier reported issues. Here's the previous thread, though, for whatever information you think it might contain.:
viewtopic.php?f=1&t=102343

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kkrell wrote:
"educciman" (Martin Niethammer in Berlin, Germany) on this forum (hasn't visited since Apr 2018) was in development of a whistle head as well.

If I wanted such a thing, I'd be looking at one of Martin's for the work I know he's put into refining the head to play true over all three octaves. That's not to say the others won't work, but I've been consistently impressed by his obvious understanding of the issues and how his instruments have played.

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Here's one of Martin's videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elfZJkUwD6w

and another: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ow7T8vSQTj4

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2018 10:37 am 
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Gentlemen:

Thank you for your input regarding my inquiry.

Tom Dowling


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Tom: It is so good to hear from you. I have missed your company. If you choose, contact me off board. We can catch up, and relish in both of us still being alive...

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Interesting subject, you've now got me wondering.... :D

Thanks for your links, Bretton. :thumbsup:


Edit: Just as an aside, what would you call it - a Whute or a Flistle? :wink:

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2018 7:07 am 
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Whoehm?

For sure it's something I'd be interested in too.

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