Burke D narrow-bore (brass) and whistles generally
Bought this (quite dear) whistle (burke d narrow bore in brass)
my reflections on it after playing it for a month are:
Very stiff upper octave - so much so that i’d argue that you need effectively 4 distinct breath pressures - 1 for the lower octave, 2 for upper octave D-G, 3 for high A, 4 for high B.
this is a problem. Try playing a tune eg Graf Spee 3rd part, and no matter what it’ll either be shrill or notes won’t sound. Or the second part of Jackson’s.
see eg: https://choonz-irish-music.bandcamp.com/track/bonus-track-the-graf-spee-burke-d
The other thing is if you articulate ornaments, and ornament a lot, the whistle’s just not responsive without a significant amount of backpressure, so they don’t sound immediately, and if you ornament as much as i do, it affects the flow of the tune while you wait for it to sound.
(its not just in my head: i was going between it and my cheap dixon and my not so cheap killarney. Atm i’d say i play best on the cheapest and worst on the most expensive, which is very frustrating considering that i spent 2 months disposable income on the burke! (Also the dixon’s not in tune with itself…))
anyone else have feedback on burkes?