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Low Whistles

My Low Whistles are all carefully handmade from Aluminium Alloy tubing. The Fipple is hand-hammered to work-harden the material. All fingerholes are deburred by hand to ensure a smooth airflow.

The finished whistle is then glass-bead blasted to achieve a distinctive surface finish that is not slippery. Anodising creates a protective layer in black or natural Aluminium colour on all parts of the whistle that protects and improves the finish. The Resulting finish is tougher than plain Aluminium which is rather soft and scratches easy. Some people say that my whistles scratch easy, to be precise, they don't scratch, but other materials rub onto them because of the tough and hard surface. The Blasting leaves a matte finish that, together with the anodising creates a surface that can act a bit like a very fine grit sand paper. Softer Materials rub off onto the whistle. I did tests with keys, stones and other things and scratched my whistles. A lot of these scratches can be removed with a soft pencil rubber. Of course there are limitations to that and they do scratch if exposed to a lot of other items in a full instrument box that gets a rough time on stage/tour. But other whistles would look even worse in these conditions. (The Current generation of Apple iPods, the Nano Series is another example of anodized Aluminium)  For more details about the amazing facts of anodizing, please have a look at the pages of the Wikipedia here:

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Small Diameter Low Whistles

Most Instruments are made with a tuning slide that enables fine tuning of the whistle, which is often necessary to accomodate different room temperatures or to cut down the warm up time...

The tuning slide is made of a bigger tube that is fitted to the head. The body has a recess with cork to fit into the bigger tube. Tuning Slides can be fitted to all Low Whistles at a later stage if desired.

Whistles without tuning slide can be made on special order, different colours are available on special order and at additional cost too...