Tweaked Sweetone


Tweaked Clarke Sweetone Whistle
Key of D only

Many Colors Available



   The Sweetone is one of the best whistles for a beginner - it is played very easily in the entire two octave range, and is capable of all the ornamentation that other whistles are. It is made by Clarke - a company that has been making whistles since 1843. The fipple (mouthpiece) was designed for Clarke by Michael Copeland. Mr. Copeland made the whistle that was played in the movie "Titanic", and also is believed to have made the whistle that was played by Captain Picard on a few episodes of Star Trek. His whistles now almost always have a very long waiting list (This is not a Copeland whistle, but the fipple was designed by him). Note that they can also be made tunable. Take a look in our Beginner's Section for more info on how to do this.






The "Tweaked" Sweetone has been adjusted by Jerry Freeman. You'll find Jerry's comments about what he does (and why) below:

It is customary for serious musicians to make special modifications and adjustments (“tweaking” or “voicing”) to bring out the full musical potential of this traditional folk instrument.

The windway, mouthpiece interior and, if necessary, soundblade edge have been tweaked by Jerry Freeman to:

  • Fine-tune the airflow so the instrument produces more musical sound and noticeably less “breathiness” for a given amount of air blown in.

  • Create an optimal amount of “back pressure” so the whistle is more receptive to subtle breath control. This produces a more expressive and responsive instrument. The sensation is that this whistle “sings.”
  • Reduce the amount of air needed without sacrificing volume.
  • Improve the strength and stability of the lowest notes, which tend to break into the upper register too easily on many of the factory run whistles.
  • Make the whistle tunable by enabling the mouthpiece to be moved up or down on the body.

These adjustments make the whistle even easier to play than the mass-produced untweaked Sweetone, which, even without these improvements, is widely appreciated as being one of the most easily played whistles in the world.

Because it is so easy to play and one of the better in-tune whistles, the Clarke Sweetone is considered to be the best whistle for every beginning whistler.

This tweaked Sweetone preserves all the qualities that have made the instrument so well-loved, while minimizing those that might be thought undesirable and releasing the full potential of this whistle’s authentic voice.

Both beginning and established whistle musicians will appreciate this instrument.

Enjoy your whistle!

Best wishes,

P.S. FOR A REVIEW AND DISCUSSION OF THE TWEAKED SWEETONE WHISTLES (on the Chiff and Fipple Message Board), Click Here.


Text in this box is used by kind permission of Jerry Freeman

Shades of colors may vary from the images shown on this page.


A bit fancier version of the Sweetone is Clarke's "Celtic Tinwhistle". We now offer this whistle in a tweaked version also!


If you are new to playing whistle, we recommend that you start with a whistle in the key of D. See our Beginner's Section for more info on whistle keys.


(Don't forget to order a Whistle Pouch for your whistle!)

Tweaked Clarke Sweetone
Colors (Black, Blue, Green, Red, Silver), Key of D - $19.25 each
Natural, Key of D - $18.70 each

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