Freeman whistles are available again …

Freeman whistles are available again …

I HAVE WHISTLES AVAILABLE AGAIN …

If you’ve been thinking of getting a Freeman whistle (or even if you haven’t), I’m producing them again and they are available.

The COVID work still takes much of my time but I’m managing to get a good supply of whistles done.

AND I have tweaked Brass D and Eb Generations! I haven’t made these D and Eb Generations for several years. Now I’m happy to say I’m making them again and they’re turning out VERY nice. If you love the pure-drop authentic trad voicing, this whistle has it. I designed the voicing to match as closely as possible the vintage, classic pre-1980s Generations (brighter, purer, more birdlike, less husky sounding than the current Generations).

MELLOW DOG
Wide Body, Pure & Full Voiced:
D Mellow Dog = $49.45
Mellow Dog D/C set (1 top, 2 tonebodies) = $59.45

BLACKBIRD
Sweet & Pure (Depending on availability may come with brass or nickel tonebody. If you have a preference, please specify):
D Blackbird = $42.95
Eb Blackbird = $42.95
C Blackbird = $44.45

BLUEBIRD
Sweet and Pure Generation-Based Voicing (Depending on availability may come with brass or nickel tonebody. If you have a preference, please specify):
D Bluebird = $42.95
Eb Bluebird = $42.95

TWEAKED GENERATION
Classic Traditional Voicing:
Brass D or Eb Generation = $42.95
Bb Tweaked Generation = $42.95 (Depending on availability may come with brass or nickel tonebody. If you have a preference, please specify.)
Bnat Tweaked Generation = $61.95
Alto A Tweaked Generation = $61.95
Tenor G Tweaked Generation = $61.95

POSTAGE
US Priority Mail postage = $9.75
International First Class Parcel Postage = $15.00
Australia First Class Parcel Postage = $19.00

For PayPal use jerry (at) freemanwhistles (dot) com for “recipient.” Please include a PayPal message saying what you are ordering, and please make sure your shipping address in PayPal is correct.
If you prefer to pay by check, email me and I’ll provide my mailing address.

Thanks!

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You likely know, the last 12 months I’ve worked mostly full time as an unpaid volunteer helping with the COVID response (I’m a retired medical administrator). That’s why my whistle work stopped for most of this year. I no longer have an eBay store and don’t anticipate listing again on eBay in the foreseeable future. Eventually I’ll build a Freemanwhistles website. In the meantime, I apologize for the inconveniences.

If you’ve ordered from me through eBay and didn’t receive your whistle(s), please email me. I know of a few orders I still have to catch up but I expect there are more I don’t know about (eBay sales records disappear after 90 days). Again, I apologize for the inconvenience and I appreciate your patience.

Heartfelt thanks and best wishes,
Jerry

Re: Freeman whistles are available again …

I’d be interested to know the difference between the types Mellow Dog/ Blackbird/ Bluebird in greater detail & how they compare with the tweaked generations.

I feel i need a good tweaked/optimized tin whistle, but i don’t know anyone who has one. Which pros use them, which version and why?

Can you point me in the direction of eg CD’s where the whistle used is one of them? (if possible)

Re: Freeman whistles are available again …

Here you go (thanks for asking)
Best wishes,
Jerry

D Blackbird

Kevin Crawford demonstrates a Freeman tweaked D Blackbird whistle
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bD61j6IxC8U

Freeman tweaked D Blackbird: American Old Time jam session with whistle
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3EcZjHL7_wE

Eb Blackbird

Kevin Crawford demonstrates a Freeman tweaked Eb Blackbird whistle
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k1dKvUc1cGc

Colleen Shanks: Freeman tweaked Eb Blackbird
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pzjapsl5OoM

C Blackbird

Kathleen Conneely playing a Jerry Freeman tweaked C Blackbird
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtowGMwV3A4

Kevin Crawford demonstrates a Freeman tweaked C Blackbird whistle
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LagJ72yU7Ek

Mellow Dog

Wide-body whistle, bigger sound, takes more push at the top of the upper register. For some who like to lean into a whistle, this is desirable (e.g., Cillian Vallely, who praises the fact that you can play a Mellow Dog more dynamically than with most whistles ). For others, who may prefer a whistle that takes more subtle breath (e.g., Kathleen Conneely), the Blackbirds, Bluebirds and tweaked Generations may be more suited. Most people are comfortable with all of my whistles and easily switch back and forth among them.

NOTE: Keegan’s recording is a better example of what these whistles sound like than Kevin’s. When I sent that whistle to Kevin I was getting a somewhat huskier sound. The Mellow Dogs I’m shipping now are closer to the one Keegan plays.

2013 Keegan Loesel - treetop tune: Freeman tweaked Mellow Dog
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOXefFsG43U

Kevin Crawford demonstrates a Freeman tweaked D Mellow Dog whistle
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-EEDZ7o9-E


D Bluebird

Bluebirds are tweaked with the same specifications as Blackbirds. Based on a Generation whistlehead, they retain some of the Generation character in a whistle that’s voiced significantly purer/sweeter, as you can hear.

In honor of Iarla McMahon, age 10, from County Down, winning the 2014 All Ireland under 12 whistle championship playing a Freeman tweaked Bluebird, L.E. McCullough,1976 All Ireland Champion in new dance tunes composition, composed this double jig: "Freeman’s Tweaked Bluebird," which he plays on his own Freeman tweaked Bluebird.

L.E. McCullough’s new tune, "Freeman’s Tweaked (D) Bluebird"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZ1wfYVRLsQ


Eb Bluebird

I don’t have a sample of an Eb Bluebird. The D Bluebird sample is representative, though.

D/Eb Generation

Tin Whistle Comparison: Off-the-shelf key of D Generation vs. Freeman Tweaked
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KcaSxBkXqPg

I don’t have samples of an Eb Generation. The D in the comparison video is representative, however. You can clearly hear the difference in voicing between my tweaked D and the off-the-shelf Generation, and Sean mentions it when he says the off-the-shelf Generation sounds “raspier.”

I’ve voiced my tweaked Generations based on the classic, pre-1980s voicing, which was noticeably purer, more birdlike than current Generations. The video features a bluetop nickel whistle. The difference in sound compared to a redtop brass tweaked Generation will be too subtle to tell from a recording. I would consider that example to be reliable for either brass or nickel tweaked D/Eb Generations.

Bnat Generation

Kevin Crawford demonstrates a Freeman tweaked Bnat Generation whistle
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4EnSs1Nw48g

Bb Generation

Freeman tweaked Bb Generation: Colin Farrell’s Tune A Day 2020 Day 213 Reel - Vista Falls
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzBGg4Opp0U

Kevin Crawford demonstrates a Freeman tweaked Bb Generation whistle
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YP270B9tj4s

Freeman tweaked Bb Generation: Colin Farrell’s Tune A Day 2020 Day 331 Jig - The Tasty Turkey
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQpEKHHPzWY

Freeman tweaked Bb Generation: Colin Farrell’s Tune A Day 2020 Day 174 Reel - The Silver Lake
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbXLZM2TTWQ

Freeman tweaked Bb Generation: Colin Farrell’s Tune A Day 2020 Day 220 Reel - The Morning Run
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BhH8a_JblyQ

Freeman tweaked Bb Generation: Colin Farrell’s Tune A Day 2020 Day 183 Jig - Billy’s First Steps
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lkktGH1wbis

Freeman tweaked Bb Generation: Colin Farrell’s Tune A Day 2020 Day 305 Hornpipe - Mad for the medley
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8ttumw54qM

Freeman tweaked Bb Generation: Colin Farrell’s Tune A Day 2020 Day 312 Slip Jig - The 7th of November
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNqPvHQlPZE

Freeman tweaked Bb Generation: Colin Farrell’s Tune A Day 2020 Day 253 Jig - The Northshore
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPGzkYU5I4c

Freeman tweaked Bb Generation: The High Point Reel (Colin Farrell’s Original Tune a day 2020)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G9-IqvQPGTg

Freeman tweaked Bb Generation: Colin Farrell’s Tune A Day 2020 Day 199 Jig - The Road to Wembley
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FxV2GInH1dc

Alto A Generation

Freeman tweaked A Generation: Colin Farrell’s Tune A Day 2020 Day 244 March/Reel - Return to Maui
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bHH_8—RbAM

Freeman tweaked A Generation: Colin Farrell’s Tune A Day 2020 Day 228 Jig - The Early Start / Reel - The Late Finish
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqkbdF00RZY

Freeman tweaked A Generation: Colin Farrell’s Tune A Day 2020 Day 346 Reel - The Teapot
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IKedP_X4B8M

Kevin Crawford demonstrates a Freeman tweaked alto A Generation whistle
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fcCr7qh0y1g

Tenor G Generation
Kevin Crawford demonstrates a Freeman tweaked low G Generation whistle
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_oexcOapYzA

Re: Freeman whistles are available again …

Nice one. Thanks, that was a great review.
The Blackbirds r the business; i really like the Eb.
Might have to help myself to one when i get paid.

Re: Freeman whistles are available again …

So glad to hear you’re able to set aside some time for whistle making!

The best B-flat and Mezzo A whistles I’ve ever played are Freemans.

Better than Sindts in those sizes, which I ended up selling.

They have that very pure sound you’re speaking of, which to me is the hallmark of the best vintage Generations.

Re: Freeman whistles are available again …

It’s nice to see you, Richard. Thanks so much for the kind words.

Heartfelt best wishes,
Jerry

Re: Freeman whistles are available again …

I would like to order a Freeman whistle. Does anyone have Jerry’s email address?

Thank you.

Kevin

Re: Freeman whistles are available again …

Wow. That email seems wonky. I want one.