Peter Duggan wrote:
Paid a visit to Hans and his whistles yesterday .....
Peter, it was great to have you here! It was pretty scary too as you took each whistle through your very rigorous testing paces, playing it both fast and furious with great ornamentations, and slow and soulful, and checking the octave behaviour extensively, and going stratospheric checking third octave notes. At the same time you could verbalise pretty precisely your impression about each whistle. I was sitting there thinking that you were describing whistles like a wine connoisseur testing wines, very enjoyable! You have a very valuable talent there!
I said scary, because the whistles were pushed to breaking point, to reveal their weaknesses and qualities, and their relative differences. But generally you confirmed what other players told me before, that I can offer whistles of very high quality, in a large range of keys, and with customisations as needed, and that they can be ranked amongst the best whistles out there.
So thank you for your visit, your order, and above all your words! I am passionate about making whistles, but I am fairly new in the business, and can make only small quantities in my tiny workshop, with a huge amount of hand work. So to get my whistles known it is vital that word about them spreads.
Sorry you could not test my standard high D whistle (only the wide bore and narrow bore high Ds)! The only one I had (my personal one) I sold just the day before to a visitor, who wanted to learn the whistle. I am making a small batch right now, and I may send you one for testing together with the low E very shortly.