The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #26421   Message #318573
Posted By: GUEST,Tom Dowling
14-Oct-00 - 12:26 AM
Thread Name: WHISTLE Recommendations?
Subject: RE: WHISTLE Recommendations?
Try a 'Tweaked' (BUT NOT CUT) Clarke 'D' from Thom Larson at I have been buying my whistles from Thom for about two years and have been consistently more than satisfied. Thom does wonders with the classic Clarke, which is a tapered metal bodied whistle with a wooden fipple. For under $25.00 it is an exceptionally durable and sweet sounding fine whistle. Jumping up a notch, I also bought a Paul Hayward Silkstone (Green, by the way, though you can also get it in a brilliant red) from him that is like a very high end Susato without the sharpness. Overall, I would describe the sound of the Silkstone as 'round and full bodied.' Oddly enough, Thom has been selling these for less money than Mr. Hayward. The tweaked Clarke D is an exceptional all around whistle. I would not recommend the additional Thom Larson custom option, i.e., the cutting of the mouthpiece, but that is a matter of personal preference. If you contact Thom I believe you will not regret it.

Tom Dowling