The Tupian chalumeau arrived in the mail and I have had a little time in getting to know it and I really like it.
For a beginner the mouthpiece (rico B5 Bb clarinet mouthpiece) is a bit open making it a little difficult at first. I have not had any experience with reed woodwind before and it was harder than the chalumeau I previously tested.
Looked around and apparently once you learn the correct pressure the openness is to an advantage in forming the tone, but to a beginner a smaller opening would have been easier. It is not super difficult either, just something that you need to spend some time with getting used to.
The tube itself is absolutely flawless. Mega quality and superb craftmanship all the way. Tones are exactly what they should be and... well... just perfect.
It is a fun little instrument to have and I am so glad I did NOT get the Xaphoon.
I am going to play it a lot and then decide whether to get synthetic reeds for it or not. It came with 2 rico reeds, padded bag, cork grease, cleaning rod and several instruction manuals (sadly in German, but Swedish is a lot like german and I have some basic knowledge of the language so no problems there).
All in all I think the Tupian chalumeau is the best value in the segment and the craftmanship leaves nothing more to wish for.
By musicians - for musicians!
Completely happy with mine and I am smiling as I torture the neighbors with my squeaking!