Has anyone tried MK low whistles? I am interested in knowing about their sound and loudness, etc. They look pretty sleek as well! You should have come by last Thursday, when we were comparing different low whistles. But this is about the more respectable makes.
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Best of luck in your decision and purchase…. People above have already linked to my little YouTube videos comparing various Low Ds. The trouble is, those whistles sound more alike to each other in the videos than they do in person. And, they seem much more different from each other to the person playing them than they do to a person listening to them being played. But you asked for reviews so here goes! First, you need to be aware that whistles by the same maker can vary tremendously, so take reviews written by someone who has only tried ONE whistle from a maker with a grain of salt.
Low Ds are a bundle of compromises between human anatomy, ergonomics, and acoustics. But the MK is far from perfect! I do wish MKs had stronger "bottom Ds". Burkes have incredibly powerful Bottom Ds but are the least air-efficient meaning that frequent breaths must be taken. Experiencing it with your own breath in it is priceless, that feel, how it responds. That is the best way to inform you decision, as well as hearing it played by someone else, from a distance.
At least you have some previous experience with a low whistle to compare things with. Best of luck, let us know how it turns out…. So far, in discussion Misha has never had an instrument returned. The Goldies offer a similar consideration. People have talked about "flexiblity" and Low Ds vary tremendously in this regard. And, you can keep blowing stronger and stronger and it takes a huge amount of pressure to get the note to break. Underblowing and overblowing make the note softer and louder but also out of tune.
Unlike the flute where you can blow any note at any volume level you choose, and keep the note exactly on pitch. So while you can blow the 2nd register notes on an Overton whisper-soft, they are extremely flat if you do so.
Another useful addition Richard. This morning I hooked up the recording equipment, using a good quality large diaphragm stereo mic, not fully trusting my immediate sense of them, between lips and catching my ears from there, I did a slew of different recordings so I could compare both their sounds and the resulting waveforms.
As I got more control I did some basic comparisons, setting the recording levels quite low because the whistles kept maxing things out. I then did a bunch of cut and paste and slid notes and takes from the two in beside one another to compare.
Also of value is seeing the graphic read out, to compare that too, and to have also stretched them out for a closer comparison of wave forms.
No, there were no discernible significant differences, aside from some minor cosmetic issues with one of the two. A friend who has owned couple of Goldies was given the choice of five different configurations blow-wise when ordering his latest….We are going to continue this as far as possible but, due to the situation in the UK, we may not be able to post out on this Friday 24th.
If you do place an order with us we will, of course, dispatch it as soon as possible. Posted in: Toob. We have a small batch of limited edition Blue Ds available here. This is the second batch of blue Ds we have ever made — so they are pretty rare!!! Posted in: feedback letters. The Tin whistle is one such- the guitar, piano, saxophone, clarinet, violin to name just few never had their names prefixed by the material they were made from.
In fact the first whistles were made of hollow plant stalks — bamboo or similar — or sometimes even bone vultures wing-bones were popular for this use 40, years ago. The cultural history of the whistle, at least in Europe, does owe a lot to tin. The advent of machine tools extended the possibilities — the lathe became the primary instrument of the whistle maker.
Even gripping soft, thin, metal like tin, is awkward as the material deforms, never mind cutting it. This has gradually filtered back to become the material of choice for high end tin or high whistle makers. Perhaps the best thing however, is that despite the changes in materials over the decades and centuries, the whistle remains a relatively affordable musical instrument. Posted in: Tin Whistle.
They are still low profile, but use a low friction plastic lining instead of brass. Though I had envisaged the G would be the next key, and we have taken a substantial number of advance orders for these, it is in fact probably the A which will be ready next.
Those on the waiting list for the Gs some of which have been waiting for almost a decade!!! In a best case scenario we would also see both the G and the Eb available before the end of the year.
Polished finish MK Pros will be discontinued for the foreseeable future. We do currently have a very small number of polished finish Mk Pro D and Fs until such time as stocks run out. Tagged with: mkpriceswhistle. Older Entries. Search for:. Comments Tim Hackler on Is Purple here to stay?
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A lot of people also rave about the Reviol. You will see a wide range of opinion on Copelands, it seems because the playing quality of Copelands seems to vary quite a bit from whistle to whistle. This topic is important to me because I myself am on that quest for the "perfect low whistle". I went out and bought a Burke Viper and a brass Copeland and compared them to a whistle I already had, a Susato. I not only played all three extensively but also made recordings of myselft playing all three so I could hear how they sounded to others.
The result was that I sent back the Copeland and kept the Burke. The Copeland had a nice voice in the upper hand of the low octave, but the lower hand of the low octave was very weak, especially low E and bottom D.
You had to use a special very soft way of blowing to make the low E sound at all. The Copeland was however the most comfortable to play. The Susato has an OK lower octave but has the nicest-sounding upper octave of the three.
I ended up preferring the Burke Viper and I use it now as my session whistle. The bottom D is very powerful.
It has a big fat muscular voice. The voicing and tuning are very even across the range. It plays more like a flute that the others in many hard-to-describe ways. The downsides of the Burke are 1 the very fat tube makes it uncomfortable for my hands 2 it takes a lot of wind and you have to take breaths more often. Probably both of these things are necessary to get the big volume. From what everybody says, the ones made today, both by Bernard Overton and by Colin Goldie, are terrific.
Sadly, the only way to really give these things a tryout is to buy them. Some of the Chieftains are pretty far out of tune. Whatever you get, ideally it is a tunable one… Pete.
I have a Burke composite that I am very happy with. I have tried some early Howard whistles and my preference is the Burke. NOT a cheiftain - they are factory made and vary wildly. I gave the one I had to a young learner and I even felt guilty about giving it away! You do get the odd good one of course and some players here will have a good one - but it will never be an Overton. One is the Overton-style, thick machined aluminum with a very narrow straight windway, a lot of backpressure, with a complex musty voice.The low D whistle has a wonderfully evocative sound, perfect for haunting melodies.
The best low D whistles can bring tears to even the toughest of eyes. While you can spend hundreds of dollars on handmade whistles, there are some great options to fit every budget. Read on to find the best low D whistle for you! Read my in-depth review of the Chieftain Thunderbird low D whistle.
Whistle maker Phil Hardy learned his craft from Bernard Overton, the father of the low whistle. The only non-alloy component is the synthetic cork tuning slide on the tunable models, which works remarkably well.
The Chieftain Thunderbird is one of the loudest low D whistles out there.
MK Pro Low F Whistle
It has a husky, full bodied tone with a nice balance of chiff. That big tone comes with big air requirements. It also has a fairly wide bore, and might be hard for those with small hands to fully cover its holes.
Beginners will probably find it a tough instrument to start with, but the rewards for sticking with it are well worth the work.
Chieftain whistles come in both tunable and non-tunable models. Susato whistles are made by the Kelischek family in Brasstown, North Carolina.
They make a variety of historical and folk instruments, and are well-known by musicians in many genres. Their whistles have a unique, recorder-like sound that sets them apart from many other whistles out there. Susato whistles also have a reputation for being some of the loudest whistles you can get.
The Susato Kildare low D whistle has many of those same characteristics. The Kildare low D has a very strong lower octave, which can often be weak in low whistles. The Kildare also requires a bit less breath than the Thunderbird, although beginners will need some time to adjust.
Made out of polymer, the Susato Kildare is lighter than many metal whistles. That plus the provided thumbrest makes it fairly comfortable to hold. Like many low D whistles, though, the reach may be tough for smaller hands.
Tony Dixon has been making whistles in England sinceand you can find his whistles in shops around the world. They are made through a process that combines mass production and hand-finishing.
The result is a well-made, professionally finished instrument that is still very budget-friendly. The small holes and slightly tapered bore also make the Dixon polymer whistle fairly easy for even the smallest hands to wrap around.
The small holes do mean that the Dixon has a softer, quieter voice than other low whistles. The lower octave in particular is very quiet, although the tone is lovely. Like the Chieftain Thunderbird, the Dixon polymer low D whistle comes in both tunable and non-tunable models.
I have just bought one but it is a bit large for my hands. It appears to be well made but as yet I have not had a proper tune from it as it is difficult for me to cover all of the holes. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.Can anyone who owns or has played both the MK Pro and Kelpie tell me how they differ in playing dynamics?
Does one has more backpressure than the other. Is the upper second octave easier to play, more relaxed in one of them? Help would be much appreciated. Does it require a large bump in pressure, compared to A, and does it want to fall back to low B if you drop your guard for an instant? I think that depends on the player and their own preferences and playing style, ubizmo. I have not had a problem with it dropping or requiring too much push, but it does require more push up there than a Reviol or Lambe.
Overall though, such behavior in a whistle is something one can get adjusted to, even if it were too much. Again, I think the high B note is fine, but your mileage may vary. Regardless, the MK has a lot going for it. Very low air requirement, very responsive for a low D, and a unique and interesting tone.
That being said, there have been at least a few comparisons between the Kelpie and the MK posted online. I think the general consensus is that they are quite similar. Quite subtle things, and in the big picture they played much more like each other than any of the six played like any other make. Yes high B is a bit finicky and must be supported or it will fall. But a whistle that drains my lungs too fast gets tiresome. I also like a slightly rough sound in a low whistle.
I would prefer to choose the one where B was more relaxed but which is it? There is a slight tonal difference between these specific two, with this Kelpie sounding a little bit brighter than this Pro, while this Pro is just slightly darker than this Kelpie.
Mikethebook, I did answer in my post. There was no difference between my 2, other than the ability to tune the Pro. Thanks guys. I had both, and found no difference in playing. I kept the tunable, and sold the Kelpie.I know the Pro is a little more costly but the Kelpie is about the same price I paid for my Chieftain. Should I sell my Chieftain and get an MK? Or keep the Chieftain? I play a wide variety of music but enjoy the traditional stuff more, especially slow aires and reels.
I also play a lot of music in my church more in the style of Robin Mark. What should I do? Chieftain V3 vs. Just my humble opinion. I have played both. Also where is a good place to buy an MK Pro or Kelpie? Not any stores in the US at least online. Good guy. The MK is breathy, but it blends better with the core tone than the Chieftain breathiness does.
Also, the vast majority of that breathiness is only audible to the person playing it. My MK pro is extremely responsive, extremely air efficient, has a strong volume, and a very interesting tone throughout the range. It might be worth it to buy the MK before selling your Chieftain. If you do like it, then sell the chieftain. Misha is very helpful and promptly returned my emails and answered all my questions.
You get a solid, clear note WITH chiff. I was actually on the very verge of purchasing an MkPro low D direct and then I spotted this post thanks Caleb. I was assuming that because of the price difference that the Pro was better than the Kelpie. Is this right, or are there other differences that should make me fork out the extra squids? That may be my curse, I learned how to play almost exclusively on Susato brand whistles. A friend has owned both a Kelpie and a Pro, and he used them out, and I mean out, out in the open air and playing with, among others, melodeons for a local Morris side.
Other whistles have different characteristics - some allow you to pull notes around a bit more, for example - but for me the overall blend of sound, volume and playability is just great. You might just want to consider the tunable one if you think you might play in environments with differing temperatures. Because I do play in groups a lot and I live in Oklahoma where temp changes six times a day are the norm, tornado today blizzard tomorrow. I have a Susato Low F and you pretty much have to collapse your left lung just to get it to not screech on the second octave.Tagged with: low D whistleLow Whistlelow whistle makers.
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I have had it for nearly a week, I think. This is the finest low D whistle I have ever played — it is everything I tried to describe to you, and I cannot thank you enough for it. Tagged with: low D whistleLow Whistle. Tagged with: F whistlelow D whistlemishamk. I received my MK F whistle last week. I love the whistle — the beautiful fit and finish, and especially the sound. Thanks for a beautiful musical instrument! Search for:. Comments Tim Hackler on Is Purple here to stay?
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