New Whistle!

New Whistle!

Hi there! I’ve been playing Susato (Kildare and Oriole) for a while and I want to get a new ones (keys of D and C) with a better sound that Susato’s. I need them with high sound because I play in a metal band (we do FolkMetal), so I need a great volumen. I can afford 100-130 each whistle if necessary. Any suggestion is welcome!

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I think Susatos are considered pretty loud. I think Colin Goldie’s are great for cutting through the mix. Check out some Fluke videos with Brian Finnegan. He plays Goldie whistles. Colin Goldie himself has played in a few German rock bands of a sort.

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Susato whistle are renowned for their loudness, but not so much for their tone.

To be honest, your budget for a nicer whistle will limit your options somewhat. You will probably get a lot more useful responses by posting on the Chiff and Fipple Whistle forum. It is the best whistle forum on the internet. http://forums.chiffandfipple.com/index.php

If you want to spend a little bit more, you might want to check out Burke whistles. http://www.burkewhistles.com/

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I quite like my Gary Humphrey whistle with is in your stated price range. Burke and Reyburn make excellent though more expensive whistles.

Folk Metal?

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I second the recommendation by Bowser above - Burke session D has plenty of punch with a golden tone and without being overly hungry for air. The Chieftain session model is also nice but needs aggressive blowing (KWL, like the Corr’s song, "leaves me breathless").

Killarney whistles (http://killarneywhistle.com/) are lovely sound, and much sweeter IMHO than Susato which has a "recordery" chime - but the volume isn’t going to compare with the Burke or Kerry ones. They are however within your budget at around €75 apiece. They are very (very) similar to the fabled Sindt models. Great value and a lovely sound.

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Thinking about adding a whistle to my mandolin playing. Didn’t realize the options and prices. Small bore … Etc. Then there are all the brands!
I know the mandolin world but not whistles. Been playing mandolin and guitar for many many years.
Don’t want to go with something cheap and badly made.
Any suggestions?

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