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Thread #54546   Message #845836
Posted By: Bob Bolton
12-Dec-02 - 06:57 AM
Thread Name: pennywhistles for dummies
Subject: RE: pennywhistles for dummies
G'day PageOfCups,

If I needed to place dividers between the hole - I would tie short "whipping" segment with macramé string (or, in my case - whipcord). If the whistle were straight-sided (cylindrical) as most are, I might just use a bit of PVA or other glue to coat and fix in place. If I did it on a Clarke or similarly tapered one, I would start with an Araldite base, whip the area and subsequently fix and seal with more (5-minute?) Araldite.

This series of short string whippings would look more 'sympathetic' ... even "folky". On a wooden whistle (well, if I had made ... anyway) I might turn the oversize diameter to create a series of ridged separators ... not much relevance to cheap whistles.

I first played evil old (1960s) Generations that did not have good mouthpieces. Once they worked out how to make a plastic mouthpiece, there was little further problem (pace Leadfingers - not too many whistle players even know that there are any third octave note available ... and a good ear - good quick adjustment - and a quick touch to any third octave note all help!).

Clarkes have been very sloppy from the factory, post Clarke family ... but are amenable to extensive 'tweaking' - starting with making the wind channel they shape it should be. Sweetones are a fair compromise if you baulk at a bit of tin manipulation. (Chiff & Fipple whistle web site reckon they are the most popular cheap whistle in the world).

Susatos can work well (pace SarahtF) and give good hard working tone in a large group or session. The narrow bore "A" is a bit tight for many, but I've lived with a wide range of bore characteristics. My "A" actually cracked in the slidng part of the head joint (probably due to an over-enthusiatic adjustment, late one night!) - but a definitely non-decorative 'whipping' holds it nicely together ever since.

Mark Cohen: If you thing L.E. McCullogh's book was a bit less than user-friendly ... you should try listening to his playing examples on the accompanying tape ... It nearly made me take up glockenspiel!


Bob Bolton