Imported a Warbl into the UK

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Tell us something.: Learning the Tinwhistle. Also learning itm. A hundred words though? Gosh - I play English concertina, Irish button accordion, piano accordion and mandolin also. I haven't written one hundred words about anything in over thirty years. I am a member of Melodeon.net and Concertina forum and the accordion one. I hope that this chiff and fipple forum is ad good as those other forums, especially after all this hard work. I have have got employment easier than this before!

Imported a Warbl into the UK

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Hello
I thought I would let other would - be Warbl whistlers know what was involved, and what it cost me to buy a new Warbl midi whistle, shipped to the north east of England. This is for information only, and no criticisms are intended or implied. I have imported from and exported things to the US before, so I had a fair idea of what to expect.
I ordered my Warbl on 11th January via the maker's website and paid using PayPal. Including USPS shipping it cost £221.48. I understood that there could be up to a two week lead time to despatch.
I was able to track progress of the parcel throughout it's long journey from Oregon.
It was picked up by the carrier on 13th January and arrived at Heathrow airport on 18th January. From there it went through Customs Clearance and then up to a delivery depot on 24th January. I received a letter from Parcel force UK on Saturday 26th January with an invoice for £63.80 for customs duty, import vat and clearance fee. I paid this online and the parcel arrived on Tuesday 29th January. The parcel and its contents were in excellent condition.
So - a long winded way of saying it took 18 days and cost me £285 to get my hands on the Warbl. I hope this helps someone else out there.
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Tiposx
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Re: Imported a Warbl into the UK

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Tiposx wrote:Hello
I thought I would let other would - be Warbl whistlers know what was involved, and what it cost me to buy a new Warbl midi whistle, shipped to the north east of England. This is for information only, and no criticisms are intended or implied. I have imported from and exported things to the US before, so I had a fair idea of what to expect.
I ordered my Warbl on 11th January via the maker's website and paid using PayPal. Including USPS shipping it cost £221.48. I understood that there could be up to a two week lead time to despatch.
I was able to track progress of the parcel throughout it's long journey from Oregon.
It was picked up by the carrier on 13th January and arrived at Heathrow airport on 18th January. From there it went through Customs Clearance and then up to a delivery depot on 24th January. I received a letter from Parcel force UK on Saturday 26th January with an invoice for £63.80 for customs duty, import vat and clearance fee. I paid this online and the parcel arrived on Tuesday 29th January. The parcel and its contents were in excellent condition.
So - a long winded way of saying it took 18 days and cost me £285 to get my hands on the Warbl. I hope this helps someone else out there.
Regards
Tiposx
It's a great tool, I think you will enjoy it.
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Re: Imported a Warbl into the UK

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That sounds really excellent. What Irish flute MIDI software is there for this instrument? Any recommendations? Pardon my ignorance, I am a complete novice to EWI's.
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Re: Imported a Warbl into the UK

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Andro wrote:That sounds really excellent. What Irish flute MIDI software is there for this instrument? Any recommendations? Pardon my ignorance, I am a complete novice to EWI's.

The "Celtic Sounds" software for IOS is really good. It was made by Michael Eskin, a guy who plays whistle in an Irish music context and really understands what the whistle should do. He posts here fairly often. I tend not to use WARBL with the phone, because you can't use headphones while the WARBL is using the lightning port. But it's the best I've tried in terms of behaving like a whistle.

Since I'm in the Apple universe I use the whistle built into Logic, which is only fair in terms of whistle like-playability. I have Native instruments Kontakt, which has a slightly better whistle as part of its default library. To be honest I often use some of the flute samples, like the bansuri sample in Logic. A lot of what i do with Warbl is learn tunes while the family sleeps.

There are several more expensive whistle sample packages, with demos that sound great, but they are usually playing new-agey kind of stuff rather than the more traditonal ITM. I've come close to buying the Efimov library a couple times
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Tell us something.: Learning the Tinwhistle. Also learning itm. A hundred words though? Gosh - I play English concertina, Irish button accordion, piano accordion and mandolin also. I haven't written one hundred words about anything in over thirty years. I am a member of Melodeon.net and Concertina forum and the accordion one. I hope that this chiff and fipple forum is ad good as those other forums, especially after all this hard work. I have have got employment easier than this before!

Re: Imported a Warbl into the UK

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I use a 2019 Ipad 10.2 with Celtic Sounds app. This works very well.
My Android devices are too dated to work with the app.
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