These are wide-body instruments made from .065 inch thick 6061-T6 Aluminum
alloy. The body is 5/8 inches in diameter; the tuning slide is 3/4
inch diameter. The instrument quality and overall look and feel are very
consistent. While the holes are slightly larger than on some instruments to
allow for easier half-holing, players with smaller hands should not have any
trouble with this instrument. The black "plug" that makes the floor of the
airway is curved and made of Delrin plastic. This helps to prevent clogging. The
tuning slide uses a standard rubber o-rings.
These whistles are easy to play and are well
balanced between octaves. Tuning is (of course) perfect and the instrument can be tuned a minimum of 20
cents sharp as well as flat. It plays with plenty of back pressure and it plays
big enough for noisy venues, or for playing outside. This
instrument is moderately loud, easy to play, and it is very responsive. It will
comfortably handle any tap or roll that you throw at it.
Cleaning and Care: This
instrument should be cleaned regularly, inside and out, with warm soapy water.
The tuning slide should be lubricated with a very small amount of petroleum
jelly after cleaning. I have also heard that Lanolin works well, but one should
not use wax-based cork grease to lubricate the instrument as it may cause it to
stick. A regular pipe cleaner, such as one may find in a hobby store or tobacco
shop, can be used to clean the airway. Small surface nicks and scratches can be
removed with a mild abrasive such as fine steel wool or an abrasive soap-based
cleaner. One should avoid exposure to immoderate acids or caustics as they can
damage the metal. Never wash it in an automatic dish washer.
A note from Thom Larson at The Whistle Shop: "I
find these new Tilbury whistles to be very well manufactured, and consider them
to be an excellent value for a machined aluminum whistle. They have a nice,
clear, consistent tone, plenty of volume (without being overpowering), and play
very easily in the upper register.
Key of Bb, C or D - $75.00
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