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PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2018 9:18 am 
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On a tight budget...
I'd love a low whistle, not necessarily in D, but they are quite expensive, and I understand why they are, but I believe there are some out there in the £40-50 range.
I'm in the UK

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2018 10:24 am 
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Tony Dixon does an ABS/plastic one piece low 'D' for £57.75 (+postage), or a tunable one for £81 (+postage).

(I have one of his one piece low D flutes, it's not a bad instrument.)

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it's not a bad instrument


Is that a good example of damning with faint praise, or what? :D

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2018 11:25 am 
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fatmac wrote:
Tony Dixon does an ABS/plastic one piece low 'D' for £57.75 (+postage), or a tunable one for £81 (+postage).

(I have one of his one piece low D flutes, it's not a bad instrument.)

Thanks. I found that one on Amazon and put it on my wishlist

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Mr.Gumby wrote:
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it's not a bad instrument


Is that a good example of damning with faint praise, or what? :D

For its price. :lol:

I think my TD one piece flute sounds quite good actually, especially for the cost. :wink:

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I have a dixon low whistle and don't much like it. It feels flimsy, and the low notes are touchy and weak. It's very easy-blowing, and not very loud. The holes are small, easily covered, and the conical bore means they are closer together than on straight bore whistles. It might just not be right for me.

If you want an inexpensive low whistle that plays like a high whistle look at the Kerry Optima line. The holes are big, which might make it harder, but it feels more like a high whistle in playing. I got a used one for not much coin. I sometimes prefer it to my MK low whistle: it's like a more rustic, kinder gentler sound

A fixed low D is 49 of those English monetary units for which I cannot locate the symbol

http://kerrywhistles.com/product/kerry- ... d-low-d-2/


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I didn't know about those Kerry whistles, that looks like a much better deal than the Dixon, especially from the sound samples. :)

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Oh that Kerry looks good!

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Is that kerry easier blowing than the Dixon? Someone said they were tougher to get clean notes at the second octave, but that was on an F.

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AuLoS303 wrote:
Is that kerry easier blowing than the Dixon? Someone said they were tougher to get clean notes at the second octave, but that was on an F.



It's not as easy blowing as the Dixon, and as mentioned the holes are bigger, but I like the tone a lot better and find it easier to play. The Plastic Dixon is a conical whistle, smaller at the far end than at the mouthpiece end


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Having conpared the two in a video I'm leaning towards the Kerry. And its currently on offer at £49!

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AFAIK that was the same price they sell for all the time. But maybe they increase in price next year...
Edit: I don't see anything on the homepage mentioning a sale. 49£ is the standard price. So no need to rush the decision.


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Sedi wrote:
AFAIK that was the same price they sell for all the time. But maybe they increase in price next year...
Edit: I don't see anything on the homepage mentioning a sale. 49£ is the standard price. So no need to rush the decision.

I read somewhere that they're normally about 80 quid and they're at this special price till the end of the month. I tried finding them on Amazon, no joy

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With Low Whistles you more or less get what you pay for.

I've not played a Low D that I thought was worth playing for under the $250-300 range.

Setting aside the serendipitous finding of a used one cheaply, of course.

(High whistles are a different tale, with ones selling for around $10 often outperforming ones costing hundreds.)

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From my understanding, the Kerry one piece is only available direct, & that is its price.

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