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PostPosted: Wed Sep 02, 2020 2:18 pm 
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Hello Folks:

My first post. Thank you for the forum.

I'm just a casual player and am looking to branch out a little bit with a low D whistle.

Looking for recommendations, please.

I would like to get something simple and sturdy to play at home--
--something that will survive my inquisitive and non-too-gentle small children.
Something that could survive, say, a child leaving it on a couch where it's later bounced upon by two 60+ pound house-apes.

Don't ask. Too soon.

Please could you recommend a single-piece, non-tuneable whistle that is of solid metal construction?
Aluminum? Brass?

So far I'm seeing Kerry Whistles' Chieftain V5 and the MK Kelpie.

Are there others I should also consider? What's my best best for simple durability? At this point that's really my main criterion. I'll look at other qualities for the next whistle....when my darlings are older and my home regains more tranquility.

Thanks very much for your time and attention.


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You can't go wrong with both of those. I have both and they're great. The V5 has a slightly "sweeter" sound. The Kelpie a bit more punch and slightly "snappier" response because of the smaller holes. Both well worth the price.


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Another one to consider might be Shearwater - I have one of their low F whistles.

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I think you could use my Thunderbird as a police baton!

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 08, 2020 8:29 pm 
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One piece thunderbird. I think Phil has one left in stock I just received an email about it today.


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plunk111 wrote:
I think you could use my Thunderbird as a police baton!


True story: I was getting out of my car late at night to walk into a session, an Overton Low D in my hand, and I was mistaken for a ruffian with a piece of pipe.

For a bar fight aluminium whistles aren't much account, what you want is a "Chieftain Gold" solid brass Low D, quite a piece of hardware.

In any case it's hard to get more sturdy than the classic Overton design, made by Phil Hardy and Colin Goldie as well as Bernard Overton.

Many years ago a friend, in a fit of rage, threw his Overton Low D down a flight of concrete steps. The whistle wasn't damaged in the least.

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Becker PVC whistle? Sturdy, and cheap enough that if it does get hurt, it's not a huge loss?

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 02, 2020 2:06 pm 
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Thank you, everyone!

I absolutely love my new Chieftain v5. So sweet, and the happiest I've been since I first starting trying flageolets.
I don't get the shrill ear-piercings that I self-inflict with the standard instrument.

PanCelticPiper, thanks! The 'Chieftain Gold' whistles are Phil Hardy's also? Tuneable only and sadly no longer in production?

If I can find a fixie in brass, I might have to get a second whistle already. :-)


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