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Kerry Whistles Busker Mezzo Tunable A

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Whistle

  • Tuning: A
  • Tunable
  • Alloyed flageolet in two parts
  • Very popular in Celtic music
  • Full, rich tone and lots of volume
  • Designed by Phil Hardy
  • Made in England
Available since December 2020
Item number 508240
Sales Unit 1 piece(s)
$127
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8 Customer ratings

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8 Reviews

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Beautiful low whistle, easy to play
Dietwin 29.09.2021
Received this beauty in the mail today. I've played it for about 5 hours now. I'm in love with the low A sound, it's really warm and full, yet very detailed and you can hear the variations in your airflow very well, giving it lots of expression. It's tunable, but it arrived in tune: 14/16 whole tones were in tune before warm-up, 16/16 after warm up (did not check semitones). Warm up time is quite long, as you'd expect from a whistle with this much mass.

AIR: You'll have to blow rather hard if you're used to playing pennywhistles, and you'll have to play rather soft if you're used to playing 'true' low whistles. This flageolet is a medium whistle. it is relatively easy to overblow but the sustain takes quite some lung capacity.

FINGERING: The holes are aligned, not offset. This instrument can be played with the finger pads as you would a regular tin whistle, but you can also use a piper's grip. It's actually quite hard to use a piper's grip a the holes are relatively close together, but for players with smaller hands this might not be an issue. The edges of the holes are smooth and the holes are broad enough to have a 'sunken' feel to them, making them easy to locate.

SOUND: I chose the key of A because of the emotional color and I am not disappointed. This flute has a very mellow and warm, dark sound. There's this beautiful metallic resonance in the lower registers giving the flute a 'raspy' bottom. On the other hand, when applying the correct amount of air in the second octave, the highs are very smooth, not sharp at all. At the end of the second octave and the rest of the third the flute does get very loud, but it remains its warmth and silky upper end.

If you didn't get it by now, I'm absolutely in love with this thing. In the future I'll be buying more "The Busker" in different keys. I'm about to mail Thomann asking if they've got any hardcases I can use to store this baby in.

If you've got a few euro's lying around: you could buy 24 pennywhistles, or you can go all in and join the big boys with this beautiful Kerry Whistle.
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My oh my what a whistle
Egilford 30.06.2022
I was totally taken by surprise when l started playing this whistle. What a range, almost three octaves the first evening and counting with no real problems. This is so much more dynamic than the soprano whistles l already have. When my technique get a little better three octaves will be well within reach. So much sound requires more control than a smaller whistle, that is true like someone here already pointed out. It will take some time to master this, but it works so effortlessly. This whistle is simply amazing though, and l think it has every note l will play in a forseeable future. Very happy l got this.
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Not for beginners.
Sanshuz 28.04.2023
A bit disappointing. You have to be inch perfect with these A whistles with hole coverage and breath pressure it seems to be a thing with them. Overall a bit disappointing it's certainly not a whistle for beginners
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Disappointed in this whistle
Anonymous 14.04.2023
I will start by saying that I own a Chieftain Low D which plays nicely but this whistle proves a direct scale up does not work. It chokes incredibly easy with the smallest amount of moisture and the D breaks and is very uneven (due to the hole size). You can get around this somewhat if you use a modified piper's grip and it will choke less if you use a flute-like mouth position. The tone is nice once you get it warmed and going but it is uneven and has a slow response. Not worth the trouble
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