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PostPosted: Wed Jul 15, 2020 10:05 am 
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I ran across a current offering of "New Hudson Whistles - D Brass Pro" and was wondering if anyone has one or any experience in its playing qualities?

In my brief research here on C&F it seems the Hudson Winds whistle maker stopped making their whistles about 8-10 years ago.

Is this someone who has taken the basic design of the "old" Hudson and started making them again?

I've got a bunch of questions about them if anyone has any experience or knowledge of them.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 15, 2020 10:27 am 
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These ones?


Note they have two listings, one selliing at €95, the other at €90.



The ones in the ebay offering don't appear to have any relation to the models Pete Bonsteel (did I rememebr the name right?) was making. They look like yet another Sindt take off, much like the Killarney, the Chinese made one and recent Lir.

The bandwagon is getting very full.

Now let's see if anyone comes along who starts undercutting the prices and bring them down overall.

The same seller, Clarke's music in Athlone also seems to be selling Hudson branded flutes.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 15, 2020 11:20 am 
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Mr.Gumby wrote:
These ones?


Note they have two listings, one selliing at €95, the other at €90.




Yes, those are the ones. I had only found the one at €95.


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Mr.Gumby wrote:

The bandwagon is getting very full.

Now let's see if anyone comes along who starts undercutting the prices and bring them down overall.


I do wonder how much leeway there is in pricing them, because I would think that Hudson, Lir, et al. would be trying to compete with Killarney more on price. Instead, they're all around the same price point, or even higher. Maybe they're great whistles, but Killarney has such a corner on the market at the moment that I get the sense that these other brands are going to have significant issues gaining ground unless they drop their prices a bit. I wonder if the process is just a bit too labor-intensive for them to be able to offer these at a significant enough discount to make a difference.

Or, they can just get their whistles into some talented and well-connected hands to get the videos and recommendations flowing, as Killarney has done quite well.


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If you check the photographs of these Hudson and the Lír whistle it is evident that they come from the same source.

The greatest likelihood is that these instruments are made in China. I don't necessarily have a problem with that. Chinese goods are manufactured to a price point and a quality. They would obviously be perfectly capable of manufacturing very good whistles. Good luck to them and I hope the workers get decent wages doing it.

What gets me is not the behaviour of the Chinese, but that of the distributor; the label/brand owner. Omission of information and subtle (and not so subtle) attempts to imply that these manufactures are something they are not I consider dishonest. It's a marketing ploy that leaves a bad taste in the mouth (so to speak).

If I felt the need, I would happily buy a whistle made in China, as much as I have bought whistles made in the USA, Ireland, South Africa and of course England. I personally don't wish to fetishise aspects of whistle making, including where they're made.

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Since I’m no pro, could someone point me to the Hudson Amateur model? No need to waste all that upgraded performance on the likes of me.


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