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 Post subject: Reviews?
PostPosted: Fri Sep 06, 2019 4:50 pm 
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Opinions on Reviol and Howard low whistles?

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 Post subject: Re: Reviews?
PostPosted: Fri Sep 06, 2019 5:30 pm 
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With the caveat that my sample size was small, here goes!

I've only owned one Reviol Low Whistle, it was a set with one head, and three bodies (Low C, Low D, and Low Eb).

It was at a time, a few years ago, when I was buying and trying a large number of Low Ds.

Because I was regularly playing a number of different brands I had a good idea of what the typical quality Low D whistle played like, and my impression at the time was that the Reviol was just that: a high quality Low D that played in the typical way I had come to expect.

I don't recall anything notable about it.

About a Brian Howard Low D, I only owned one, and it was back many years ago. They might have changed their design, I don't know.

I had heard a guy playing one in concert and it sounded great. I got one and it was strange. I couldn't get used to blowing it. It played very differently than any other whistle I had played. The tuning was horrendous no matter what I tried.

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 07, 2019 2:52 am 
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Regarding the Howard, I have the complete opposite opinion, mine was bought a year ago, & came with a newer designed head, it has a lovely tone, but is fairly quiet, but is more than adequate for my style of playing, it's as loud as most of my low whistles, & is fairly easy to get the second octave.

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 07, 2019 6:29 am 
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Yes that's the thing, makers might re-design their instruments from time to time.

My Howard was purchased new back in the 1980s IIRC. The low octave on that Howard was very loud, and the low octave and 2nd octave were miles apart.

Have you put your Howard up against an electronic tuner to see how the scale and octaves are tuned? I would be interested to find out.

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 07, 2019 6:59 am 
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Sorry, no I don't have a tuner. Unless my uke tuner will work on it, I'll go & see.

Second octave G & A show as sharp using my uke tuner clamped over the end of the tube, but bare in mind, I don't often go up that high normally myself, so could be me skewing it.

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