December 12th, 2020 - Please Note: We were told that, at least for the time being, Jerry Freeman has stopped tweaking whistles. We will update
this information if/when we have more news.
The whistle that you receive may have a green
mouthpiece (as shown) or a black mouthpiece - there is no difference in tone.
The Freeman Mellow Dog has achieved a devoted worldwide
following. Many players consider this whistle, together with the
Freeman Blackbird, to be among the
best in the world, on par with instruments costing several times the modest
The Mellow Dog is a wide body whistle with a velvety timbre,
towards the sweet/pure end of the spectrum, but a little warmer, slightly more
complex and also somewhat louder than the Blackbird.
often choose the Mellow Dog when they're looking for a superb whistle that
accommodates a stronger breath or when they're picking a whistle for session
play. Beginning players almost universally choose the Mellow Dog because of its
hauntingly beautiful sound coupled with a remarkable ease of handling.
Although the Mellow Dog is a tweaked whistle, it is completely different from
the mass produced whistle that was transformed to make it. The Mellow Dog
whistle head began on a key of C standard body tube and then was extensively
reconfigured to create a new instrument in the key of D. The Mellow Dog tone
body is made from scratch in Jerry Freeman's workshop.