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 Post subject: Low G whistles
PostPosted: Fri Jul 26, 2019 5:43 pm 
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What would be a good low G to purchase? I'm looking at Chieftan Thunderbird, Shearwater and the Dixon DX107.
Does anyone have any of these or any other low G you would recommend?


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 Post subject: Re: Low G whistles
PostPosted: Sat Jul 27, 2019 1:58 am 
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I have a Dixon Trad 'G' in my collection, (with an ABS coming shortly).

At first I didn't like the stretch, to the lowest hole, but soon got used to it, it's a nice whistle.

I have a Dixon D107 in 'A', (& an 'A' Trad), again, a nice whistle, & I have a Shearwater aluminium in 'F', which has come to be my personal favourite low whistle.

I also have a Thunderbird in 'A', which has become my favourite 'A' whistle.

Maybe start with the Shearwater. :thumbsup:

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 27, 2019 2:51 am 
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I rather like the old Barnett Samuel & Sons low G. Nice and sweet.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 27, 2019 8:18 am 
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The whistles above are all good. At least, I like them. I would add the Jerry Freeman low G. I like its light weight, hole spacing, and of course, its tone. The mouthpiece is a Generation so I find it very familiar and comfortable.


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 27, 2019 1:35 pm 
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Can't go wrong with a Shearwater in my opinion. Personally, I wouldn't even bother with the tunable version.


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 Post subject: Re: Low G whistles
PostPosted: Sat Jul 27, 2019 4:14 pm 
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Thanks all! I do have very small fingers and struggle to stretch on my low D, but my low E is fine! With that in mind any particular suggestions would be helpful!


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 Post subject: Re: Low G whistles
PostPosted: Sat Jul 27, 2019 6:13 pm 
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I play a Burke, which is a fine whistle.

Shiny!

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But I don't have much experience with other makes of G's, except for the two Susato G's I've had.

One is an original Susato, from the 1970s, machined out of ABS stock and fitted with a wooden block.

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The other was the typical modern injection-moulded Susatos.

BTW a nomenclature thing: G is the one pitch where it's more clear to say "mezzo" for the pitch we're talking about, because G whistles an octave higher AND an octave lower are made.

Here's the G whistle an octave lower than the ones under discussion

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGAXe1p-KN4

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 28, 2019 2:10 am 
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Ha, bass 'G', lovely tone - but a heck of a stretch! :)

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 28, 2019 5:34 am 
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Yes! But I don't know the size of Hatao's hands, maybe with larger hands it wouldn't be like that.

I'd never owned a whistle that big, but I do own a whistle one note higher, an Alba Bass A.

It's not difficult to play at all, in fact in plays like a dream.

Here's the Alba Bass A, jump to 3:44

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HARFCTJVZ8I&t=71s

I'm around 6'4" but have small hands for a person my size, fairly normal hands I would say.

My son and daughter have long hands with long fingers, the perfect musician's hands! I wish I had been given hands like that.

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 Post subject: Re: Low G whistles
PostPosted: Mon Jul 29, 2019 3:17 am 
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Those huge whistles sound awesome! I don't have the stretch :(


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