New-style Original Clarke

New-Style Original Clarke Tinwhistle

No Gold Diamonds!

Available in the key of D

Tweeked version also available (a Whistle Shop exclusive!)

 

12/15/05 - PLEASE NOTE:
This whistle is not available at this time; Clarke has stopped producing them. We'll post a note in the "New Items" section of our homepage if Clarke ever makes them available again.

 

Due to popular demand, Clarke has re-designed the look of their Original Clarke, and have taken off the gold diamonds. At the same time, they re-designed their logo.

 

This whistle is available in the key of D (D is the most popular key for traditional Irish music). We may have a few New-style Clarkes left in stock in the key of C; please contact us if you'd like to check availability. This whistle is made of tin-plate, and has a wooden fipple (mouthpiece), giving it a warm, flute-like tone. Also included is a song sheet with fingering chart.

   Clarke has been making their Penny Whistles, basically unchanged, since 1843. Look below for the Robert Clarke story.

   If you are unsure which key to order, please see our Beginner's Section for more info.

 

Note that we also offer a "tweeked" version of this new-style Clarke whistle in the key of D (see our "Tweeked" Original Clarke Page for more details about what we do to tweek this whistle).

 

The Robert Clarke Story:

   In 1843, Robert Clarke a poor farm laborer left his employer after having been unjustly accused of dishonesty. He was a talented amateur musician and played a wooden whistle. He developed the idea of copying his whistle but used tinplate to do so. He made the block in the mouthpiece out of wood which he cut into shape using a homemade saw. This saw started life as one of his wife's corset stays! Then he decided to mass produce his new style of whistle. He loaded the necessary materials and his simple tools onto a handbarrow and, together with his son, walked all the way from Suffolk to Manchester. On the way he would set up his workshop barrow in market places, showing how the whistles were made and selling them. He would also play for the entertainment of the crowds that gathered round. His most popular piece was "Danny Boy". It is said that the whole busy market would stop and listen when he played this piece.

 

If you own one of our Tweeked Original Clarkes (or a Tweeked New-style Clarke), then you might want to make a "Muffler" for it. This very simple to make little gizmo allows you to control the tone, volume and air requirements of your Tweeked Clarke.


  

New Clarke Logo

 

 

NOTE (about Tweeked Clarkes): Due to increased demand for our Tweeked Clarkes, shipment of your order may be delayed when it includes a "Tweeked" Clarke Whistle. This delay should never be over one week.

 

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


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  • 12/15/05 - PLEASE NOTE:
    This whistle is not available at this time; Clarke has stopped producing them. We'll post a note in the "New Items" section of our homepage if Clarke ever makes them available again.

     

    New-style Clarke, Key of D - Catalog# 121 - $9.95

    Tweeked New-style Clarke, Key of D - Catalog# 508 - $24.75

     

    Orders outside the U.S. must be for a minimum of $30.00 in merchandise!

     



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