Size of holes on a tin whistle
I have a D tin whistle (Clarke celtic) which I have had for a few months and getting on well with it. I find it very easy to play and cover the holes. The mouthpiece never seems to be clogged or cause a problem.
However, I fancied having a go at an A tin whistle but Clarke don’t make one so I found a Tony Dixon Alto trad brass in A and I also bought a Dixon Brass Trad high D.
What surprised me was how much bigger the bore and the holes were in the D compared to the Clarke and obviously the holes and bore in the A key were also even bigger.
Comparing the Clarke and the Dixon in the same key I find the Clarke easier to play and maybe a slightly higher tone but I’m struggling a bit with the lower A. Also both seem to have a problem with loss of volume after playing for a short time, I think because of getting clogged by moisture.
I wondered if anyone knows if there is another manufacturer who produces a low A with smaller holes as I think it would find it easier.