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Thread #67616   Message #1134448
Posted By: Bob Bolton
12-Mar-04 - 12:37 AM
Thread Name: Tuning an Irish whistle
Subject: RE: Tuning an Irish whistle
G'day again sorefingers,

Strictly, if you want TW that's something like feadog stain (I'm no Irish/Gealic speaker) ...

That "feadog" is cognate with most of the other Europeam words that give us "fife" in English - the "d" in feadog being more of a 'thorn' ... the old Germanic Runic / "th" consonant (mis)represented today by the "Y" in "Ye Olde ..." (Stain" (~ spelling?) is "tin" (cognate with Late Latin stannum). Whistles have been made from oat stalks, reeds, willow bark tubes, hollow bones ... or anything else that could be used as a cylinder that can be modified by a sinple knife blade.


Bob Bolton