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PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2019 2:15 pm 
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Hello all,

I just joined your forum. For the last 2 years I have been learning to play the native American flute and wanted to expand my experience. The penny whistle captured my attention after watching several YouTube videos. After some googling I ended up purchasing two Jerry Freeman tweaked whistles (Mellow Dog and Blackbird) in the key of D. They arrived yesterday, but there was no information included. I like to know if these flutes are tunable? I did not want to push or pull on the mouthpiece just in case this would cause damage. Thank you and I look forward to my time here as I learn to play.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2019 5:54 pm 
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Yes, both are tuneable by adjusting how much of the body is covered by the mouthpiece.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2019 5:57 pm 
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Thank you for your reply.


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You will notice that Jerry Freeman has pressed a brass ring onto the mouthpiece, to help prevent the 'collar' section from cracking, as you slide the mouthpiece up and down to get into tune.
I'm a fan of Jerry's whistles.

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When you see photos of whistleplayers back when everyone was played plastic-top Generations you'll often see tape or binding around the socket area, due to the tendency of the socket to develop cracks.

Jerry's solution is much more elegant!

I'm also a fan of Jerry's work. I have a Freeman Tweaked Generation Bb that's the finest Bb I've ever owned. He somehow fixes all the tuning issues those cheap whistles have. I've never played a Freeman that didn't have bang-on tuning.

Might I suggest, V-Twin, that you investigate Ronaldo Reyburn's whistles? I've played a number of his Low Whistles and beyond having perfect tuning they have a special unique tone that reminds me of the NAF, especially his wooden-head whistles.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 10, 2019 2:57 pm 
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Thanks for the information. Being new to the whistle I have a lot to learn. Appreciate the sharing of information.


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