Hi This is Angel from the Philippines (RP)
Im quite new to the forum so please forgive me when you see any faults in this topic.
I have been playing the Tin/Penny whistle/flageolet for about 2 months now. It is not a typical instrument in RP.
Although we have one instrument that is a Bamboo Flute.
Our Bamboo Flute was reinvented by Dante Ursua about in the 1990's as far as I can remember it was available 1996-97-98 when I was in 6th Grade and during that time The Corrs was definitely a phenomenon.
The distinct feature in this bamboo flute is it is like a recorder in fingering but not in sound.
It has a woody sound and has 7 holes. The fingering in first octave is similar to the recorder but the second octave very much different on the recorder fingering as second octave in a recorder involves thumb manipulation.
I have read that there is a whistle that adds a C hole below the D hole making it 7 holes making you play C and D major Scale, but it is not Chromatic.
The RP Bamboo Flute is different as It does not have a thumb hole but an additional hole on the TOP of the 6th hole, making it chromatic.
See Below the link:http://www.box.com/s/077a50a8c657fe02ed02
Hear the sound:http://www.box.com/s/2ec3dd1ea447ac3ec9c2
I have played the Different Major Scales here sorry for the bad quality, but its tolerable, you may need to increase volume.
The RP Bamboo Flute is in C major Chromatic Scale Ranging from C4 to C6 or B5 sometimes.
The cost varies from Php 200-300 (roughly about US$6-7) depending on the seller.
PS: I don't resell
There are 2 companies that are selling here one is Kingflute and one is Maestro flutes.
Maestro is founded by Engineer Robert Ursua son of Dante Ursua
and Kingflute by another Son of Dante Ursua.
For me my Preference is Maestro Flutes as base on Experience the C5 note is accurate, compare to the Kingflute that is a bit flat. The A5 note of Maestro flute is easy on breath control compare to the Kingflute.Frankenstein Susato Flute
Most of us are questing to have a Chromatic Whistle but not having a thumbhole on it.
I dont know but for me, thumbhole is a bad idea as the thumb is divided into 2 purpose, holding and holing, which kinda confuse our brain.
I think it is natural for you to tweak and sacrifice the life of a whistle so I did made a Frankenstein Susato Flute using my RP Bamboo flute and a Susato M head.
The Flute is damaged already on the fife so I cut it down and made it into a body for the M head adding a tape on in. The bore size is closer to M so i used the M Head.
To my surprise it sounded strong and robust compare to the original sound. It is still chromatic, however, the fingering in the second octave changed as i added forked and cross fingers to get the right key for A5 and B5.
There is a struggle also on Eb and F# you need to overblow it to get the right acceptable tone compare to the original bamboo.
Listen while I struggle to find the right fingering for the A5 and B5. I didn't play the C6 as the sound is piercing already.
The Breath control also changed, probably because the windway/window/blade of M is twice bigger compare to the original bamboo.
I was wondering if Susato can make a 7 hole chromatic whistle. Its easier to drill a plastic polymer than a metal one.
Let me hear your insights.