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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2019 5:21 am 
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Jerry Freeman wrote:
... a C Blackbird and a C Mellow Dog are the same whistle except the Blackbird has a nickel-plated tonebody and the Mellow Dog has a brass one).


Was that really what you meant or should there be a D somewhere?

Jerry Freeman wrote:
If they've played recorder, I hand them a Blackbird. ...


You might refine the question by asking which recorder: I was rather surprised that a friend of mine, who plays the whole quartet with an emphasis on the bigger ones (alto to bass) was not able to get a nice sound out of my whistles (untweaked Féadog to Killarney) - the only one that came close to working for her was a Clarke Original (untweaked and needing too much air for my taste). Every time I switch from recorder to whistle I'm again surprised by how little air a high whistle needs...


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Kade1301 wrote:
Jerry Freeman wrote:
... a C Blackbird and a C Mellow Dog are the same whistle except the Blackbird has a nickel-plated tonebody and the Mellow Dog has a brass one).


Was that really what you meant or should there be a D somewhere?

Yes, that's really what I meant. A C Blackbird and a C Mellow Dog are the same whistle except for the metal of the tube.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2019 3:22 am 
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I was/am surprised that the difference between the metals is so big that it warrants a different model name. I prefer brass myself, because I feel it sounds "softer", but I always thought that a good part of that was my imagination, or because my very first whistle was a brass one...


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2019 6:48 am 
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It doesn't.

I don't sell a key of C Mellow Dog. I sell a Mellow Dog D/C set, which is one whistlehead and two (wide-bore D and standard-bore C) tonebodies for $6.45 more than the D Mellow Dog alone. In that context, "C Mellow Dog" comes up, but I don't sell a C Mellow Dog as a stand-alone whistle.

But the point here is, the mouthpiece on a Mellow Dog is the same as the mouthpiece on a C Blackbird. When you put it on a standard-bore tonebody it behaves like a Blackbird and doesn't take the same extra push at the top as the same whistlehead on a wide-bore D tonebody.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2019 6:14 am 
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Okay, now I understand. Thanks for clarifying. And that sounds like a seriously good offer, I'm tempted.

(No, I don't need another whistle, no, I don't need another whistle - HELP!)


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