low whistle question

low whistle question

I acquired a couple of low whistle from Jean-Pierre Lemeur, which are amazing, to my non-specialist in whistles point of view : once I got the gist of piper’s grip to cover the hole, the tone is beautiful, they seem to require a minimum of air, they’re perfectly in tune the whole range, even when you pull the fipple (they’re tunable) part nearly to the point of separating from the other part. the only thing : when I play it’s ok, but after I have an awful taste in m mouth, that stays for a long time. Anybody had that too ? is there a way to get that taste away ? Do you wash them and if yes, how ?
thanks for answers

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Yuck

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Warm water and dish soap should clean it out. Also, I take a strip of cardboard or paper that has been folded a bunch to make it stronger, and I stick it down the mouth hole and try to scrape out that gunk in there.

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Wash them in mouthwash and rinse. What are they made of?

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I’m suspecting aluminium? There are many grades of that… The time to really worry is when you’ve finished playing and your lips and tongue are black… 😛

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yes, they’re in aluminium… and they’re quite new, so there shouldn’t be too much gunk, hopefully ! I’ll try pipersgrip’s idea.. or maybe you have to drink a lot of beer as you play ? 😉

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Sometimes it is actually the interaction between mouth acids and new metal that give off an unpleasant taste… That’s one reason why some folks use other materials for the mouthpiece, such as delrin, etc… Is Jean-Pierre Lemeur the maker? There are purer aluminiums, as used in camping cookwear, which tend to be less reactive, and consequently not likely to give off that metalic taste. There are food grade sealants, as for salad bowls and the like, and maybe a thin coating on the part that goes in your mouth would be an option, and to make sure you don’t let much of it get in there anyway…

As oxides build up it will become less of a problem, as far as that taste…

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Thanks, c ! and yes, Lemeur is the maker ! hard to get in contact with, but apart from that “taste” problem, they’re really great !

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I had the same problem with a brass Kerry/chieftain whistle, a metal taste in the mouth. I got some heat shrink from the electrical supplier and heated to the tip of the mouth piece, it worked well.

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You’ll have to send me pictures of your new instruments… Is there a website for the maker? If so be sure to add their link here and in ‘Links’… All good makers, whatever the instrument, deserve our support. I’ve got to convince my wife about another such purchase. Wish me luck… 😉

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The common name for the non-reactive aluminium was ‘aircraft grade’, and in a sense it’s a ‘stainless’ aluminium… It is also more expensive…

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here’s the website :
http://www.webreizh.net/jplemeur/
the only thing, he doesn’t keep his shedules : I got them (a low D and a Low F) after 9 months, when he advertises 2 months delay… and it takes ages for him to answer emails… but I think they’re really nice. What amazes me is the little quantity of air needed, and the rich sound. The F is just superb !

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Thanks, I enjoyed the tour…

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I was having trouble remembering something else - what about anodizing the head?