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PostPosted: Tue Mar 12, 2019 8:38 am 
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Does anyone have personal experience with/thoughts about this maker's whistles? I'm considering a Low F and possibly a Low D. I found some C&F forum activity from last year and prior, but couldn't find any reviews or discussion of how they play. There are a couple of Youtube videos, but again no substantial performance discussion or comparisons with other makes. Any input would be appreciated.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 2019 4:38 am 
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Just for review, here's Alexander's own thread about his whistles

viewtopic.php?f=1&t=105877&hilit=karavaev

and the thread I started a few years ago when I stumbled upon his whistles

viewtopic.php?f=1&t=102072&hilit=karavaev

Yes I too would be interested to find out more.

This video is excellent!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8m5FHTyw4ZM

Andrew speaks English very well and isn't merely promoting Alexander's whistles, but honestly discusses various performance aspects. He mentions that Alexander's whistles have lower backpressure, require a greater quantity of air, and have flatter high notes than the whistles he normally uses. He says a week of playing Alexander's whistles enabled him to adjust to these different requirements. It would have been helpful had Andrew mentioned what his normal whistles are, to give context to his impressions.

I'm intrigued by his Low Whistles with alloy tube body and moulded plastic head (somewhat akin to the Dixon and the Optima) which are priced very reasonably.

I'm probably going to order Alexander's Low E (natural) whistle because I have need for that key. Once I get it I will post a review here of course!

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I met the man at the height of a late mad Thursday night at the Willie week last year. He was advertising whistles all over town but we never got to see any of them, he didn't seem to have a head for whistle talk by the time I ran into him.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 2019 4:58 am 
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Glad to hear he was at Willie Week. I would imagine it would be an excellent opportunity to introduce his whistles to a wide clientele.

Many people must have tried his whistles there! It would be great to hear some reviews.

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Many people must have tried his whistles there!


That's the thing though, they were nowhere to be seen. Flyers everywhere, no whistles to be seen.

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Very good whistles for good price. Here instagram of Karavaev

https://www.instagram.com/whistles_workshop/


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Colleen Shanks playing Karavaev high C# whistle
Colleen Shanks playing Karavaev high E whistle

Edited to add: I haven't had a chance to play a Karavaev whistle of any sort, but I trust Colleen's judgment, and these videos definitely caught my attention.

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