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Author:  AngelicBeaver [ Sun Mar 22, 2020 11:47 pm ]
Post subject:  Woodstock by Clarke?

I may have asked this question a long time ago, but I figured I'd try again.

In the summer of 2013, I was near the border between Maine and Canada, and I happened upon a box of whistles marked "Woodstock by Clarke". They were $7.99 each, and being the curious man I am, I bought a green one and left. It quickly became my favorite high D whistle for its beautiful, chirpy second octave, and husky, open first, so I went online and tried to find a second one. I had no luck whatsoever. I even ordered one listed as a Woodstock, and received a Sweetone instead. At that point, I found that a Woodstock, as far as I could see, was identical. I currently have two Sweetones and the Woodstock, and each plays slightly differently, but I've always wondered, what was the deal with the "Woodstock"? Was it a limited run? Were they similar to the Meg, as a more cheaply produced Sweetone, but just rebranded for the American market? I'm content with Woodstock = Sweetone, but I'd love it if someone could solve my longstanding mystery.

Author:  an seanduine [ Mon Mar 23, 2020 12:37 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Woodstock by Clarke?

Thank you for that question. It led me down quite ´the rabbit-hole of memory´. The short answer is right here:
Happy Traum and company are based in Woodstock, NY. If you click the zoom button, you can see on the whistle ¨Woods. . .¨.
Bye the bye, ´Meg´ was Victorian slang for a ha´pence, which is what Robert Clarke charged for his hand made whistles, and came to be what folks back then came to call them.


Author:  cavefish [ Fri Apr 10, 2020 11:08 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Woodstock by Clarke?

i like the original Clarkes, soft and even, always oil the wood block

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