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by RoberTunes
Mon Feb 05, 2024 6:05 pm
Forum: The Chiff and Fipple Whistle Forum
Topic: Becker whistles
Replies: 14
Views: 1136

Re: Becker whistles

Wow, I have no idea how I overlooked Shearwater! They have an E whistle for the same price as Susato, and it looks to be a much better instrument. Now I'm curious: Anyone on here have a high Shearwater whistle, like a high C, D, or E? I'm actually really tempted to buy one of these but it's hard to...
by RoberTunes
Mon Feb 05, 2024 4:47 pm
Forum: The Chiff and Fipple Whistle Forum
Topic: A New Instrument... the Pianoflute! (Anyone want to make it?)
Replies: 35
Views: 1252

Re: A New Instrument... the Pianoflute! (Anyone want to make it?)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ubVw_4w0ppM I often wonder why there's no such thing as "fipple bagpipes." If attaching multiple reed instruments to a bag works so well, why not attach multiple fipple flutes to a bag? I bet that would sound cool. Because bagpipes were invented as a weapon...
by RoberTunes
Mon Feb 05, 2024 12:26 pm
Forum: Flute Forum
Topic: Anyone like the big round embouchure?
Replies: 20
Views: 2371

Re: Anyone like the big round embouchure?

"Big round" is actually two topics, of "Big" and "round". I am always seeking the most responsive, most efficient instrument, I want it converting all the air to sound. I'd therefore suspect that the more that far edge of the tone hole is that collides with the air stre...
by RoberTunes
Mon Feb 05, 2024 11:58 am
Forum: The Chiff and Fipple Whistle Forum
Topic: A New Instrument... the Pianoflute! (Anyone want to make it?)
Replies: 35
Views: 1252

Re: A New Instrument... the Pianoflute! (Anyone want to make it?)

I like the chromatic aspect of it. One tube can only produce one note at a time, so this would seem to want to gravitate towards either a Calliope steam whistle sort of thing, with multiple pipes and a keyboard, or some alternative to a South American pan pipe setup, or I'm not sure what, as any imp...
by RoberTunes
Sat Feb 03, 2024 1:07 pm
Forum: The Chiff and Fipple Whistle Forum
Topic: Becker whistles
Replies: 14
Views: 1136

Re: Becker whistles

Becker's out of business, so I did a scan of suppliers, and keys of high E and B thin down the supplier list. Current suppliers and prices (hope I got all the prices correct, as of today's date): Humphrey E $120, Humphrey B $140, Shearwater E £48, Shearwater B £78, Burke E $280, Burke B $280, Goldie...
by RoberTunes
Fri Jan 19, 2024 3:57 pm
Forum: The Chiff and Fipple Whistle Forum
Topic: Clogging, Toothpaste, Etc.
Replies: 10
Views: 1551

Re: Clogging, Toothpaste, Etc.

Apart from noticing that plastic mouthpieces clog less than metal ones, I haven't tried applying any chemicals of any kind. I noticed on my Dixon high D aluminum, with the plastic mouthpiece, it being a high D with that relatively small windway, that just warming up the mouthpiece before playing it,...
by RoberTunes
Thu Jan 18, 2024 1:43 am
Forum: The Chiff and Fipple Whistle Forum
Topic: Frequency in a square tube
Replies: 13
Views: 1672

Re: Frequency in a square tube

I searched for 25 minutes and found nothing. The trick will be finding the correct search term that gets to the answer.
Maybe save 7 hours of searching by contacting Nick Metcalf (?), who has made some square tube whistles.
by RoberTunes
Mon Jan 08, 2024 1:06 am
Forum: The Chiff and Fipple Whistle Forum
Topic: Double hole whistles?
Replies: 177
Views: 11894

Re: Double hole whistles?

Regardless of merit and market demand level, it's going to be a while before a well-made chromatic at an acceptable medium-range price hits the market. Just searched for "chromatic whistle", and wouldn't you know it, here's a low-priced fully chromatic that might have some buyers willing t...
by RoberTunes
Sun Jan 07, 2024 3:33 pm
Forum: The Chiff and Fipple Whistle Forum
Topic: Double hole whistles?
Replies: 177
Views: 11894

Re: Double hole whistles?

And that isn't to say that some others won't find a fully chromatic whistle interesting--though the number of tunes that I know that would require it is vanishingly small. My feeling is that this would serve a very small, niche market. Which is not a reason to not do it. But I imagine it wouldn't t...
by RoberTunes
Sun Jan 07, 2024 12:22 pm
Forum: The Chiff and Fipple Whistle Forum
Topic: Double hole whistles?
Replies: 177
Views: 11894

Re: Double hole whistles?

I've never heard of, seen or read, of a recorder player saying, "There's too many holes, I can't handle this thing." Whistle players seem to have been conditioned primarily to the marketplace supply of inexpensive 6-hole whistles over the decades, rather than preferring 6 holes on the inst...
by RoberTunes
Fri Jan 05, 2024 4:55 pm
Forum: The Chiff and Fipple Whistle Forum
Topic: Double hole whistles?
Replies: 177
Views: 11894

Re: Double hole whistles?

I heard this rumor on social media that on Saturday, January 20, about 754,700 chromatic whistle players playing fully chromatic whistles, in many different keys, and with drummers, bellydancers, singers and guitar players with them, are going to arrive in Ireland and England and invade every pub, r...
by RoberTunes
Sat Dec 30, 2023 11:37 am
Forum: The Chiff and Fipple Whistle Forum
Topic: Double hole whistles?
Replies: 177
Views: 11894

Re: Double hole whistles?

I've never seen one on the market on a standard 6-hole whistle design, with a double-hole added. One consideration I'd wonder about is the ability of the player to have good control accessing a double hole on a metal whistle or high key whistle tube, whereas, on a plastic bodied recorder, the double...
by RoberTunes
Sun Dec 03, 2023 11:14 pm
Forum: The Chiff and Fipple Whistle Forum
Topic: Hudson Winds Whistle
Replies: 3
Views: 1307

Re: Hudson Winds Whistle

A fast search online shows a few pictures of Hudson Winds whistles, but not much to go on for timelines.
https://clarkesmusiccompany.com/image/c ... 00x500.JPG

I know less than zilch about them. Maybe email a current sales team for leads.
by RoberTunes
Mon Oct 30, 2023 9:17 am
Forum: The Chiff and Fipple Whistle Forum
Topic: Is David O'Brien in Canada still building ?
Replies: 14
Views: 3438

Re: Is David O'Brien in Canada still building ?

Part of the problem I guess is that a cheap whistle is so very cheap. But so often not very good! But maybe influences our idea of value? I can only think that it's probably lucky that no-one seems to have come up with a really cheap flute - the flute equivalent of a really cheap whistle. That migh...
by RoberTunes
Sun Oct 15, 2023 11:55 am
Forum: The Chiff and Fipple Whistle Forum
Topic: Fipple inside tube: blow whistle without any part in mouth?
Replies: 11
Views: 2838

Re: Fipple inside tube: blow whistle without any part in mouth?

This is a very interesting topic, and I see that some whistle makers/designers have attempted a few things and found some obvious big "simply won't work" ideas or some variations that might help. After playing some cheapy whistles, including the previously popular Clarke Original with the ...