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 Post subject: Professional Model Pennywhistle
PostPosted: Mon Feb 09, 2004 11:55 am 
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Q: The Tuning Slide; are there special considerations?
The slide is handy for tuning, especially if the instrument is a little cold; however, the slide can do only so much. Other pennywhistles don’t have a tuning slide, and we’ve heard of some people buying our whistle and sliding it all the way in (2.5 mm too far). When played this way, it will be sharp overall AND the scale will be distorted: C# will appear sharp in relation to D. This happens because the note C# comes from a short tube and D comes from a long tube; 2.5 mm is a greater proportion of the C# length than the D length, with a resulting distortion of the musical scale. This issue is more critical on the small instruments such as the Professional Model Pennywhistle.
Standard pullout is 2.5 mm (or 0.100”, just less than 1/8”). At this point, the Professional Model Pennywhistle, warmed with the breath, will play a good musical scale at A=440. From one brand of whistle to the next, the scale will be just a little different. If you’re used to another brand, spend a little time playing ours, and you’ll soon be blowing it in tune (we designed ours to be in tune when blown with modest and equal pressure). In another blowing style, notes are played near the point of breaking, and unfortunately, we can’t make an instrument that plays a good scale when played both ways. If we want the pennywhistle to be heard above the rest of the band, we always use a microphone.

Walt Sweet, Designer, Sweetheart Flute Co. , 9 Feb '04


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oops. wrong thread. I looked up a Professional Model Moneypenny. :oops:


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Thanks for posting that, Walt. It's good to know, as I STILL plan on ordering one when the check from my IRS savings account comes in.

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So in this picture, is this milling the blade,or drilling the holes?


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Dear Alba,

That's me drilling fingerholes. I'm using the Poorman's Digital Readout (a long machinist's scale clamped to the table; from the base, a bracket holds a cursor to give readings to 0.100," and I do the rest with the handwheels).

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waltsweet wrote:
Dear Alba,

That's me drilling fingerholes. I'm using the Poorman's Digital Readout (a long machinist's scale clamped to the table; from the base, a bracket holds a cursor to give readings to 0.100," and I do the rest with the handwheels).

Walt Sweet


Thanks Walt. Thats what i thought. :wink:
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Ditto!!

I love my Sweet Pro laminate whistle! It's what I use on stage now.......

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waltsweet wrote:
. . . we’ve heard of some people buying our whistle and sliding it all the way in (2.5 mm too far). When played this way, it will be sharp overall AND the scale will be distorted: . . .


In the pic on your website it appears as though it is slid all the way in, at least there's no slide visible. When customers see this, they might think that's the way it's supposed to be. Just a thought.

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what is the site address?


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:o Just push the www. button :wink:

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:o Just push the www. button :wink:



Or, click- http://sweetheartflute.com/

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Got it, thanks. :D


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