I though I'd share this with the group. I own many whistles but am a low-intermediate player. This past Friday, I had to fly from San Francisco, where I live, to Los Angeles for a business trip. I had not intended to take a whistle with me but at the last minute I stuck my Parks Walkabout in my jacket pocket. When I went through security at SFO, I placed my jacket on the conveyor. The guy running the x-ray machine called for a bag check which momentarily freaked me out since I'm pretty careful about packing. When the guard went through my stuff he brought the whistle out of my jacket pocket and asked me what it was since it looked like a weapon to him! I told him it was a tin whistle and he asked me to play it. I put the thrre parts together then turned the ring that Carey puts on the instrument to help with volume and tone so that the whistle wouldn't be really loud. I then proceeded to play about 8 bars of Roisin Dubh (and pretty well I might add), which made them smile and wave me through. But, suddenly we hear this soprano voice begin singing in a perfect Irish brogue over in the next aisle so I kept playing until we worked our way through the entire song. It turns out that the young woman was returning to Ireland that morning and was missing her home so the song came along at the perfect moment for her. We got a huge round of applause from the other passengers and I have to admit I got a cheap thrill out of the whole thing.
If the whistle hadn't been so portable and playable I never would have experienced this moment. Thanks Carey for your whistle and to C&F'ers for convincing me to buy one