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 Post subject: Has anyone bitten?
PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2018 9:52 am 
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https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Whistle-mout ... 0008.m2219

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 Post subject: Re: Has anyone bitten?
PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2018 1:31 pm 
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I hadn't seen that!

Looks like a Sindt/Killarney copy... but they didn't get the memo about the curved blade.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2018 10:32 pm 
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oleorezinator wrote:
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Whistle-mouthpiece/192444008350?_trkparms=aid%3D333200%26algo%3DCOMP.MBE%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20180409081753%26meid%3D2c35e9e5dc784b419f153f169e3ffc5f%26pid%3D100008%26rk%3D2%26rkt%3D12%26sd%3D232983391912%26itm%3D192444008350&_trksid=p2047675.c100008.m2219


Looks like they've sold nine already!

Seems a pretty good price for an experimental foray into whistlesmithing. And as I happen to have some random metal tubing lying about the workshop...

Last time I tried to make any kind of wind instrument involved an old wooden floor-lamp post, a length of bamboo and some thin brass for a reed. Rather punchy!

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 Post subject: Re: Has anyone bitten?
PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2018 3:42 am 
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I once looked into purchasing a Mack Hoover head for one of my (many) Gen Bb's and although Mack was incredibly helpful and responsive to my emails I decided against purchase as an already pricey item would have been prohibitive when the UK government imposed their levy.

So I was quite interested when I saw this item on Ebay thinking they may be based on/similar to Mack's work, so I wrote to the chap asking:

1. What is the difference between the different heads in the picture (bearing in mind that Mack used to make a Blackcap and Whitecap)

2. Are they based on the Hoover mouthpiece.

It took almost two weeks to get a response and (paraphrasing here) he stated:

'There is no difference, just different colour combinations'

This confused me somewhat as the lower whistle that the others are resting on its clearly three times the length of the others, this (to me anyway) implied it was a different type/model!!

I wrote a second time asking if they were quieter/louder than Gen head, could he make one to fit a Bb tube and once again I asked if they were based on the Hoover head.

Again over a week to respond and he wrote something on the lines of:

'They are based on Sindt, Killarney and similar, and have the qualities people seem to want in a whistle'

Although it's a pretty modest sum to risk I found his tardy and vague responses disconcerting and I decided against buying.


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