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Hi community,
I've been lurking for a while but never sought advice yet. I've been cruising lots of threads gleaning partial answers to my question but I'm hoping posting my very specific question/needs might garner some gems of answers. Thanks in advance for any advice.

I've been playing for just 2 years now, and I'm looking for a C-whistle. I started on Susato Killdare's and eventually bought a Burke D wide without having played it (largely due to opinions on this forum). It did not dissapoint and I have been very happy with it. However, on the rare occasions I require a C-whistle, I have still been using my susato and I'm really not happy with it at all - and even less happy with it after playing a Burke. So I'm looking to buy a new C-whistle. There are no whistle stores anywhere near me, so having the opportunity to play several models isn't possible. I'm also not quite ready to buy another Burke (even though I know I would love it) because I use my C so infrequently.

What I really would like is:
- Session volume. Somewhere between Burke D wide and Susato Killdare volume would be ideal
- Not plastic
- Something less "airy/hissy" than Dixon DX006 brass.
- Not mass-made.
- Less dear than a Burke.
- Available for purchase by mail on the north american continent.

Thanks for any tips or advice!
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Re: Whistle advice

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I’m new as can be, but I’m wondering about a Syn. The C in my set is wonderful. And loud. And not breathy at all.
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American whistle makers I know of are Burke, Reyburn, and Tilbury. and you can buy Syn in stock from the irish flute store. I'm assuming theres others, these are some more reputable ones.

Tilbury is much easier to overblow than a Burke giving a weaker low end. Not my style.

Syn I haven't played but I've heard its a bit on the harder to over blow side, so possibly similar to a Burke. I've wanted to try one of these.

Reyburn are nice, I love my G. But I have no idea how a C would play. The G I have is a small bore, thats a bit quieter. But the C probobly isnt a small bore. So I'm not sure how the other play compared to my G. These are on the pricier side tho. But worth it if you like it.

Define "less dear than a Burke"
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Out if the collection I have amassed so far, I would say the Syn is the hardest to accidentally overblow.
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I like my Thunderbird C. It's mass made however. And no longer available. Maybe a "Busker" in C then?
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smithjdennis wrote: Tue Sep 21, 2021 12:41 pm Hi community,
I've been lurking for a while but never sought advice yet. I've been cruising lots of threads gleaning partial answers to my question but I'm hoping posting my very specific question/needs might garner some gems of answers. Thanks in advance for any advice.

I've been playing for just 2 years now, and I'm looking for a C-whistle. I started on Susato Killdare's and eventually bought a Burke D wide without having played it (largely due to opinions on this forum). It did not dissapoint and I have been very happy with it. However, on the rare occasions I require a C-whistle, I have still been using my susato and I'm really not happy with it at all - and even less happy with it after playing a Burke. So I'm looking to buy a new C-whistle. There are no whistle stores anywhere near me, so having the opportunity to play several models isn't possible. I'm also not quite ready to buy another Burke (even though I know I would love it) because I use my C so infrequently.

What I really would like is:
- Session volume. Somewhere between Burke D wide and Susato Killdare volume would be ideal
- Not plastic
- Something less "airy/hissy" than Dixon DX006 brass.
- Not mass-made.
- Less dear than a Burke.
- Available for purchase by mail on the north american continent.

Thanks for any tips or advice!
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Re: Whistle advice

Post by smithjdennis »

Thanks for all the thoughtful replies!

Syn is new to me, wasn't on my radar at all. For those that own them, have you noticed a unique buzz? And would it be better described as charcterful or slightly annoying? It's mentioned in several reviews here and elsewhere.

Bit confused about syn as he apparently has a new line called "black diamond" out but I can't find much info on it.

Considering

- The syn, with a bit more thought put into the buzz
- Kerry busker. Sounds lovely and price is significantly lower than Burke.
- Reyburn. The aluminum sounds good to my ear though this is roughly the same price as a Burke so perhaps not.
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A forum search may help. The Black Diamond was launched in 2005 and attracted a fair bit of comment over time, although perhaps not recently.

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the whistle tutor has a you tube clip going over whistles from Michael Burke, John Sindt, Michael Copeland, Gary Humphrey, Killarney, Wild, Feadog, Clarke, Sweetone, and Generation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F1Ktda6MNHU
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Post by CAMcClellan »

There’s no buzz that I’ve noticed in my Syn set. They are fairly high backpressure, which I like. To me, they have a fairly smooth sound. When I first got them, the adjectives that kept coming to mind were creamy and thick.

This is in fairly direct comparison with a Faedog C, a Dixon Trad D, and a Dixon Pro D. The tone is certainly closer to the Dixon Pro, which I would describe as sweet, than it is to the others, which are more of that thinner classic sound. The Bb body on the Syn is the complete opposite of my Generation Bb, as well.
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