DIY neck support for Low D whistle
Having recently bought a fairly heavy (but great sounding) low D whistle, I looked for ways to provide support so that I could avoid finger fatigue (aka death grip) and give myself the best chance of improving the accuracy and speed of my fingering. After trawling through many website products (thumb rests, etc.,) and online discussions, I came up with this simple solution and thought to share it.
I put two 18 x 3.5 mm O-rings on the body of the whistle about 4cm up from the top finger hole. Before I put the O-rings on, I used a third ring, slightly larger at 22 x 3.5mm, which I threaded round the smaller rings and then through itself, thus securing the two together, providing a loop. I then slid the whole caboosh on to the whistle as mentioned.
To look at the whistle now, all you see from the front is the double band of the two smaller O-rings, just up from the top hole. The loop is round the back of the whistle. No damage to the surface of the whistle at all, and quite secure.
I used a cord which is about the length of the whistle to make a loop to go around my neck and through the O-ring loop on the whistle. I was lucky to have a plaited nylon cord with a hook fastener which was just the right length for the neck cord (- you will need to experiment with the length of this cord - start with a longer piece and cut as needed). A piece of ribbon or smooth nylon cord/string, would do just as well, and a plastic-coated paper clip would make a good hook. Rubber bands would do to replace the O-rings, though they wouldn’t look as quite as classy.
This arrangement works really well for me; an *immediate* improvement in ease of fingering and speed, and its way less obtrusive than a modified saxophone support. Hope this is helpful.