Open Whistle - new concept of low whistle

Open Whistle is a new concept of low whistle.
The combining of an aluminium-made low-whistle with a notch as a mouthpiece produces more volume and the possibilities which are offered are therefore remarkable. Variations and nuances are amazing, with a range from the purest and round sound to a distorted one but with an excellent dynamic. It sounds like the low-whistle although the playing technique has more to see with the tranverse flute.

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Still made?

Are these open whistles still in production? I have just discovered them today. I primarily play the quenacho these days, but I also love the low whistle, so this concept of the open whistle naturally fascinates me. If you are still making them, I would like to order one from you in a couple of months when I have the money.


French wooden open whistle

I bought an open whistle at a craft fair in Amboise, in the Loire Valley in France, a couple of years ago, for €18. I bought it as a curiosity, and have still to get a note out of it. It is of very good quality, made of wood, with thick walls and the hole spacings are identical with my Dixon Low G. There is also a small thumb hole on the back of the instrument. The fipple is fully open, with an elegant simplicity to it. It is as if the mouthpiece and windway had been chopped off cleanly. To get a note out of it, I presume that the blowing would have to be very skillfully controlled, in a similar way to that of a flute player, but blowing forward. A neat idea,if it works!

Anyone know anything about these?

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Now I know!

Saw Jonathan’s comment on this discussion, have followed it up, and now know what I have is a ‘Quena’, an Andean flute in low G. I am starting to work on mastering this baby! Will be on the lookout for one in low D, once I am in control of this one!

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Quena, open flute from Peru. Five kinds of vibrato!

It is an amazingly expressive instrument. I watched a YouTube tutorial that demonstrated five different ways to get vibrato.

The Japanese Shakuhachi is similar.

Getting the first note out of it took me several hours, but I love the sound. YouTube tutorials help a lot, even if you don’t understand Spanish.