You will probably be thinking that are there not enough whistles out there in music land?
The quick answer is probably yes. But.........
As a player of whistles for many years and other instruments including various bagpipes, I have never been entirely happy with the many different whistles I have tried.
What I am aiming for is an instrument that not only plays well but is a reasonable price for the player who is just getting into low whistles or even more advanced players. So many whistles are highpriced and their performance is often unsatisfactory.
Whatever anyone says a straight bored wind instrument is always a compromise tuning wise. It is just the nature of the beast. There are so many variables and it all depends somewhat on the player; how hard they blow etc. It is amazing how much you can alter the pitch of a wind instrument just by changing the breath pressure. Air temperature is hugely important too!
I would never claim that my whistles are better or worse than anyone elses because each maker has a different sound etc. What I will say is that for the price and playability I'm sure you will be pleased with your purchase.
The whistles are made from Alloy tubing with synthetic (food quality) mouthpiece blocks or Black PVC tubing tunable and have a 'plastic' mouthpiece block with curved wind way to minimise condensation.
Being handmade in my small workshop there will sometimes be slight differences in the external shape of the mouthpiece as each one is individually shaped. This makes no difference to the sound or tone.
Why Shearwater? The Shearwater is a small migratory seabird and it is found on the Bass Strait islands off the north east tip of Tasmania, Australia. I migrated from Tasmania to the UK in 2005 so there you have it....
Our sopranos have a bright and clear tone in both octaves with balanced volume, as do all our whistles. The change from first to second octave in all key is excellent. The whistles are well in tune with themselves. Tuneable whistles have fine tuning possibilities and you will find that very little movement is required. They are however made with a moderate amount of movement with the tuning slide.
This morning I received my Whistle ! (Alto A)
Thank you so much for making such a wonderful instrument!
As a professional classical flute player I am used to play on very, very good instruments. So is this! Good tuning/intonation and a beautiful tone!
I am very glad I bought this "Shearwater" whistle from you.
Thanks again and keep going!
Received my Whistle (Tuneable brass Soprano D) from Shearwater yesterday and I am over the moon with it- well worth the wait . The tone is superb, it plays in tune and is all I had hoped for . I had even asked for a particular finger hole placement and John obliged with no mutterings at all. I am still getting used to the breath requirements but in the words of Arnie “ I’ll be back” thank you for giving me an instrument that will give me years of pleasure at such a good price .. ps I am not getting paid for this review.
Got the whistle yesterday--absolutely brilliant. Best whistle I've ever seen and I have some over 200 pounds. Thanks a mil, will order more soon. (soprano alloy C).
Alloy F whistle:
I KNOW I SENT YOU AN EMAIL EARLIER BUT I HAVE TO BE HONEST I CAN'T PUT IT DOWN, WHAT A BEAUTIFUL VOICE, IT'S TONE IS AMAZING. Thanks
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