Don't forums much these days however I wanted to comment on this review.
A little bit about me.
I play mainly morris tunes and tend not to embelish. For a high D whistle I use a shaw for fun and quiet practise and a Burke Session D the rest of the time, I also own an Alba Low G that is frequently pushed to serve as a high G. I have a few other whistles but they are seldom used.
For me a Low D is a plaything, I'll seldom play it out, I might play it at a morris group session but as I dance it's unlikely.. I've had two Lo D's to date the Dixon three part jobbie - easy to play but no cosmic drainpipery, and a Howard which I hated.
I was recently at the Sidmouth folk festival (England) with half a mind to buy a Low D whistle. I was trying a few low D whistles in the music tent when I came across the Optima, I played Theme Vannataise and Cuckos nest both went quite well although the D was a bit fragile. The price was GBP 128, a tad pricey for occasional play, I was about to put it back when I found I'd gained some onlookers. The words "That's a lovely sound" seem to be addressed at me and the whistle ( How much commision they get I have no idea
) At this point the whistle was stuck to my hand and my wallet seemed to have developed a mind of its own.
Suffice to say I bought it, compared with the two whistles I've owned it sounds like a low D should and is relatively easy to play. It was head and shoulders above the other D's I tried in the shop, and it played relatively quickly and easily, I was playing it with a degree of confidence the same evening I bought it.
Not really a review I know. More of a story! I think it is a story that is going to be repeated in many places though. For me this was the frst low D whistle that was playable from the off, and I'm still playing it on a daily basis- last thing I play when I practise, it always leaves me smiling.