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Old 05-27-2019, 05:31 PM   #1
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Default Budget Tin Whistles?

Not necessarily a bagpipe per say, but I figured this would be as good a spot as any to ask my fellow forum-goers about tin whistles:

I'm interested in picking up a tin whistle and beginning my foray into Irish traditional music. Ultimately, I'd like to purchase a starter set of uilleann pipes, but that's far out in the future.

I have my eye on the Trad and Modern whistles from the Irish Flute Store, and I was wondering what folks have found to be quality budget whistles in the $20-80 price bracket? I've heard great things about Carbony whistles, but those are a bit out of the budget at the moment, as I'm currently saving up for a Great Highland bagpipe.

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Old 05-27-2019, 06:43 PM   #2
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Default Re: Budget Tin Whistles?

You should be happy with either one. I've played a few of Dixon's trad whistles and that is the one I recommend for a budget whistle.

Freeman tweaked whistles sold on EBay are also a good option.
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Old 05-28-2019, 07:03 AM   #3
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You should be happy with either one. I've played a few of Dixon's trad whistles and that is the one I recommend for a budget whistle.

Freeman tweaked whistles sold on EBay are also a good option.
Thanks David! I'll have to check out the Freeman whistles as well.

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Old 05-28-2019, 10:18 AM   #4
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Default Re: Budget Tin Whistles?

I have both Carbony and Freeman Tweaked whistles.

I like the Carbony better, but as you say they are a lot more expensive. Jerry Freeman's Melow Dog C/D set is very responsive and plays in tune. It has a clean (not breathy) tone. If you get the set, my advice is to tune the D head on the body to your liking, and then make a mark with a fine permanent marker, and then repeat with the C head. Makes re-tuning after changing heads a lot faster.

I have no experience with Tony Dixon whistles, but he's been in business a long time and he seems to be highly regarded.

In general, conical body whistles will play more in tune easier (the shape helps bring the 2nd octave into tune), while straight whistles will have a more solid lowest note.
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Default Re: Budget Tin Whistles?

on the topic of budget whistles- the least expensive, useable whistles I've used were "Meg" whistles by Clark. Plastic fipples, conical bodies. I bought a few dozen of them for my 6th grade General Music classes ( Cheaper than plastic recorders, and more fun.) They are discontinued? , but the nearest equivalent would appear to be a Clarke SWEETONE.
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Old 05-28-2019, 02:22 PM   #6
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I like the Clarke Sweetone. Probably the best whistle at that price.

The Megs I bought are tuned like a GHB -- about 1/2 step sharp.
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