Just got back form seeing John at Shearwater.
What can I say, my wallet is a little bit scared!!
Now I cant play at all, so I will leave the ins and outs of the whistles to the pro's.
John himself is a truly nice guy. I am sure I asked some silly newbie questions, which John answered excellently. I was offered advise on the best starter whistle, but more importantly, given advise which would see him out of pocket (Recommending a lower priced whistle as more suitable - not something you see often these days!!)
The whistles themselves looked rather nice from my point of view, he states on his website that there may be evidence of the metal being worked, and that there is, but nothing that detracts from the overall look in any way, its just evident that there hasnt been a CNC mill in sight when they were made.
I cant offer comparison of the sound of these whistles, but from my uninitiated ear, they sounded beautiful!
So... I think an order will be going in for a High D, a Low D and an Alto G in alloy - Not badly priced at £120 for all three, and John reckons he can do me a bit of a discount if I order them at the same Time. (The Alto G is for home practice - I think the Low D will be a goalpost for the future, and the High D is a little too high pitched for home practice as I live in a modern (Read: poorly sound insulated) apartment and don't want to upset the neighbours!!)
More importantly though...Thanks for the welcome
Here is the only recording of the Shearwater whistles I can find other than on the makers website:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XosykVXrlVk