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Author:  Dan A. [ Wed Oct 07, 2020 12:23 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Tweaks: The Thread

The whistle that kicked off my collection's major expansion, a Walton's Little Black D, has fallen into disuse. Rather than pass it off or consign it to the landfill, I am going to use it as practice for whistle tweaking. I know about the poster-tack fill, but are there any other tweaks that might benefit this whistle? (It's an aluminum body.)

Author:  AuLoS303 [ Sun Oct 25, 2020 1:26 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Tweaks: The Thread

Does anyone tweak Feadóg brass Ds? I'm getting back to playing and while its not a bad whistle it does want to crack the notes.

Author:  AuLoS303 [ Tue Nov 03, 2020 6:03 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Generation Convert

I've been trying to get the head off my nickel C Gen to make it tuneable but to no avail. Unlike the Feadóg it is not in tune. I've tried running very hot tap water over it, soaking in hot water, putting it in the freezer then treating with hot water, no joy. The bugger is welded on!

Author:  Dan A. [ Tue Nov 03, 2020 9:05 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Tweaks: The Thread

Make the water a wee bit hotter, and give it another go. The nickel Generations, so I'm told, are more stubborn than the brass ones. A little persistence should pay off.

Author:  AuLoS303 [ Wed Nov 04, 2020 2:16 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Tweaks: The Thread

Dan A. wrote:
Make the water a wee bit hotter, and give it another go. The nickel Generations, so I'm told, are more stubborn than the brass ones. A little persistence should pay off.

Any hotter and the plastic will surely melt!

Author:  thomasaasen [ Wed Nov 04, 2020 5:03 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Tweaks: The Thread

AuLoS303 wrote:
Dan A. wrote:
Make the water a wee bit hotter, and give it another go. The nickel Generations, so I'm told, are more stubborn than the brass ones. A little persistence should pay off.

Any hotter and the plastic will surely melt!


I think you have to do this many times, more attempts. Then it will suddenly give after for sure. The think here is to be pation. Don't know if you can buy something that loosen up glue? If it's a thin fluid, you could try to let it go down along the tube around the head, little by little. I'm sure you will make it. And you know what they say, after much problems and work, the reward is so much better. This whistle Wil be one you never forget, and especially if you get it tuned and tweaked well. As you know, the first to do is to fill the back og the head. Then the more difficult parts comes. You might have to adjust the finger holes. Then, even more delicate, adjusting the whistle head. File down the fipple a little, maybe make it a bit longer, adding, I really don't know, ut search and ask for help. I've seen the hole fipple covered with a thin brass plate. But it depends if you want a silent whistle or normal to louder sounding. You can also file into the mouthpiece opening for adjusting it, maybe more open/wider in front. This is just tips, but to do all this, that's the art and work. Therfore you don't see many professional tweakers. But if you desire to learn, you must read and ask, search trough Google and whistle forums. If you are serious about this, it will cost you some, cause you will never do it right the first times. And you need to find a whistle you really like, or a cheap one. Waltons are great whistles if you ask me. And when you get the hang of it, understanding more and more, seeing the "philosophy" behind it, you will be able to tweak most of the whistles on the marked. Maybe even making your own, that would be cool. So, good luck and enjoy your whistles, both playing and working with them.

Author:  AuLoS303 [ Wed Nov 04, 2020 5:08 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Tweaks: The Thread

thomasaasen wrote:
As you know, the first to do is to fill the back og the head. Then the more difficult parts comes. You might have to adjust the finger holes. Then, even more delicate, adjusting the whistle head. File down the fipple a little, maybe make it a bit longer, adding, I really don't know, ut search and ask for help. I've seen the hole fipple covered with a thin brass plate. But it depends if you want a silent whistle or normal to louder sounding. You can also file into the mouthpiece opening for adjusting it, maybe more open/wider in front. This is just tips, but to do all this, that's the art and work.

No I don't want to tweak it, I just want to make it tuneable. I didn't post this in this Tweaks thread, an admin must have moved it here.

Author:  fatmac [ Wed Nov 04, 2020 5:43 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Tweaks: The Thread

From what I've read on here, you should wrap the head with a cloth, & give it a sharp/sudden twist, to break the seal.

Author:  benhall.1 [ Wed Nov 04, 2020 3:32 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Tweaks: The Thread

AuLoS303 wrote:
No I don't want to tweak it, I just want to make it tuneable. I didn't post this in this Tweaks thread, an admin must have moved it here.

No. No Admin moved anything to do with this. You posted it here.

Author:  Nanohedron [ Wed Nov 04, 2020 6:19 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Tweaks: The Thread

benhall.1 wrote:
AuLoS303 wrote:
No I don't want to tweak it, I just want to make it tuneable. I didn't post this in this Tweaks thread, an admin must have moved it here.

No. No Admin moved anything to do with this. You posted it here.

Actually, Ben, I did move it, because it was way off-topic where it was. This is where it belongs.

And making an untuneable whistle tuneable IS a tweak, everyone. What else could it be?

Author:  benhall.1 [ Thu Nov 05, 2020 1:14 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Tweaks: The Thread

Nanohedron wrote:
benhall.1 wrote:
AuLoS303 wrote:
No I don't want to tweak it, I just want to make it tuneable. I didn't post this in this Tweaks thread, an admin must have moved it here.

No. No Admin moved anything to do with this. You posted it here.

Actually, Ben, I did move it, because it was way off-topic where it was. This is where it belongs.

And making an untuneable whistle tuneable IS a tweak, everyone. What else could it be?

Oh. Sorry about that. I thought I'd checked everything that would tell me what either of us had done.

Author:  Katharine [ Thu Nov 05, 2020 3:27 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Generation Convert

AuLoS303 wrote:
I've been trying to get the head off my nickel C Gen to make it tuneable but to no avail. Unlike the Feadóg it is not in tune. I've tried running very hot tap water over it, soaking in hot water, putting it in the freezer then treating with hot water, no joy. The bugger is welded on!


My new Gen C (brass though) was also difficult. I had to try that trick that someone posted here that I think came from Joanie Madden... slide it bottom-first into the bottom of my Gen B-flat, and "throw" it down (the bottom of the B-flat's tube smacks against the bottom of the head of the C). I had to do this for a good while, but that head slowly worked its way off.

Author:  AuLoS303 [ Sat Nov 07, 2020 7:31 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Tweaks: The Thread

I think its staying put. Life's too short. I'll just focus on the Feadóg and its tendency to crack

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