Tin Whistles - What brands to buy, materials, other advice?

bamadude313
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January 12th, 2013, 11:53 pm #1

Hey guys!
Recently I've been thinking about getting a tin whistle lately but I don't really know where to start.
For those of you that have some tin whistles, what brands would you recommend? I'm not looking to pay more $50. Also, what materials should I look at, what are the differences, I read that plastic was better because it doesn't expand when it is heated by playing. Is this true?

Any other generals recommendations or help would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance guys,

Sam
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Tentenguy
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January 13th, 2013, 12:16 am #2

I suggest getting a high D Susato Pennywhistle. Link
You could also get a freeman-tweaked generation high D, C, or B flat whistle (or two of them if you're willing to spend a bit more) B-flat, C, D
(I linked to the tin ones with blue mouthpieces because I prefer their sound, but you could also look here to pick whatever whistles of his you'd like)

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bamadude313
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January 13th, 2013, 12:31 am #3

Thanks for to advice. May I ask what the differences are in the sound of the Freeman's with the blue mouthpieces and the other models? Is it quality, material or what?
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Focalink Strawfired Set of 4 (AC, SF, SG, SC)
Focalink Seedpod Bass C
Songbird Muse in Eb
Bon/Solist Plastic Triple
TNG double AC
TNG plastic AC
Other Instruments
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Conn 88H Trombone (open wrap trigger)
French Horn
Conn Bb Trumpet
My Aunt's old Bb Clarinet
Armstrong Concert Flute (borrowed from a friend)
Knilling-Bucharest 15 inch Viola
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Tentenguy
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January 13th, 2013, 12:39 am #4

Well the difference between the blue-mouthpiece and red-mouthpiece whistles is that that the blue ones are made of tin and the red are made of brass. The tin ones are a bit lighter (density of tin is about 6 to 7g/cm3 vs brass which is about 8.5 g/cm3) and the sound is very slightly different. I couldn't tell you exactly what the difference was, but I like the sound of tin better by a hair.
Freeman's other whistles are a little more expensive, but also a little different (I won't say they're better because they aren't necessarily) I would suggest you listen to the sound samples he provides and choose for yourself.
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Menaglio Do1, Sol2, Do3 and Sol4
Focalink Forte SG, AC and Various Four-holes
Takashi White Smoke-Fired 3F
Wooden
Hind Inline Set
NCW alto Harmony Double
Plastic/Other
Focalink Plastic AC and 2 SCs
TNG Plastic Triple AC, Pendant AC, SC, Transverse AC and SC
Zin BC
Mountain Warmstone in C and G
Black Night by Noble AC
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bamadude313
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January 13th, 2013, 12:47 am #5

Ok. Thanks for the help, I'll look at these some more.
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Focalink Strawfired Set of 4 (AC, SF, SG, SC)
Focalink Seedpod Bass C
Songbird Muse in Eb
Bon/Solist Plastic Triple
TNG double AC
TNG plastic AC
Other Instruments
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Conn 88H Trombone (open wrap trigger)
French Horn
Conn Bb Trumpet
My Aunt's old Bb Clarinet
Armstrong Concert Flute (borrowed from a friend)
Knilling-Bucharest 15 inch Viola
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mandrew
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January 13th, 2013, 4:10 pm #6

There is a whole thread on whistles if you will look in the "other instruments" section on this site.
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bamadude313
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January 13th, 2013, 4:46 pm #7

Hmm. I did some searching and didn't find anything, but I'll go look again.
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Focalink Strawfired Set of 4 (AC, SF, SG, SC)
Focalink Seedpod Bass C
Songbird Muse in Eb
Bon/Solist Plastic Triple
TNG double AC
TNG plastic AC
Other Instruments
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Conn 88H Trombone (open wrap trigger)
French Horn
Conn Bb Trumpet
My Aunt's old Bb Clarinet
Armstrong Concert Flute (borrowed from a friend)
Knilling-Bucharest 15 inch Viola
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mandrew
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January 13th, 2013, 7:45 pm #8

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Ocarinadiva
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January 14th, 2013, 3:25 am #9

A friend of mine came over yesterday and we spent some time jamming on tin whistles. He has both of the generation whistles in Bb (brass and nickel), and I spent a few minutes comparing the tones. The nickel one with the blue mouthpiece has a slightly cleaner, rounder tone, and the brass one with the red mouthpiece has a brighter tone with a little more texture. His are not the Freeman tweaked ones, but I've heard very good things about them from friends who play tin whistle. Basically, a Freeman tweaked whistle is like getting a very expensive whistle for much less.


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bamadude313
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January 14th, 2013, 4:38 am #10

Thanks Mandrew! I'll be looking at that thread, I wonder why I never found it.

Cris, so I'm a little confused. Are the generation whistles also Freeman whistles? Or does Freeman do something to normal Generation whistles and these are sold as the Freeman Tweaked whistles?

Nevermind, I think I understand now. So Freeman tweaks normal generation whistles to be better.
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My Ocarinas
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Focalink Strawfired Set of 4 (AC, SF, SG, SC)
Focalink Seedpod Bass C
Songbird Muse in Eb
Bon/Solist Plastic Triple
TNG double AC
TNG plastic AC
Other Instruments
[+] Spoiler
Conn 88H Trombone (open wrap trigger)
French Horn
Conn Bb Trumpet
My Aunt's old Bb Clarinet
Armstrong Concert Flute (borrowed from a friend)
Knilling-Bucharest 15 inch Viola
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