Black High Whistles

Two-piece BLACK Everywhistle, key(s) of:
Three-piece BLACK Walkabout, key(s) of:

A great sounding, practically indestructible whistle you can take with you everywhere. Basically the Black Every whistles are the same as the original White Every whistles except they are made out of black PVC plastic rather than cream colored CPVC.

This model whistle is made in the same manner as the white Every and Walkabout whistles, but it has a slightly smaller ID (Metric vs Imperial sizes), and the plastic is a little bit softer (PVC vs CPVC). These two details produce a whistle that is just a little bit clearer, or less chiffy than the White Everys. Also, since the pipe is electrical conduit, bought in England, cut and shipped to me in the US, the cost is a little higher.

The same range of keys and two and three-piece whistles are available in black. In addtion, I have made a special order C#, so you can order a C# in the black range.

Select the key or set of keys you would like to order. When you click the "Add To Cart" button you will have the opportunity to change the quantity ordered.

Characteristics

Everyone wants to hear what a whistle sounds like before purchasing one. Here are a few clips to give you an idea. (But you do get a money-back 30 days to try it yourself.)

Folkfriends video of the black whistle.

Southwind - Air so you can hear long notes across the range.

Christy Barry's Jigs - some quicker tunes to demonstrate whistle performance.

McLeod's Farewell / The Providence - a couple reels to get my fingers wiggling!

The mouthpiece on this model is carved concave to allow it to comfortably be played in a nearly vertical position. The Ghost whistle for example uses the simpler 45-degree cut found on a number of other whistles. The 45-degree cut is quite a good approach, I just like the undercut mouthpice better for holding the whistle lower while playing.

Some whistlers turn up their nose at the mention of a whistle made from PVC pipe. This is understandable since it is an inexpensive material, easily found nearly everywhere you go. There are many dimensions to the simple pennywhistle, and many ways to enjoy them. Since they are relatively inexpensive as musical instruments go, you will no doubt have a collection. (Bet you can't own just one!) So why not have some that you enjoy displaying and handling? Fine woods have attracted the eye and hand for centuries.

Ok, back to the PVC. I started making whistles because I was camping in Florida and wanted to have one I could take with me and not be concerned about how it was handled. Not only was I camping, I was camping via kayak, on beaches in the Everglades.

You probably have spent a day at the beach sometime during your life. (If you have not, get to it - you are missing something.) Remember how it was impossible for you to keep the sand out of anything? You food, your hair, any crack or crevice caught some sand. OK, now stick around after the sun goes down. In sub-tropical Florida that means you are now living at the dew point, the sand and water is salty and attracts water. Everything is damp, and sand is everywhere. Repeat for several days. You get the idea.

What kind of whistle could thrive in that environment? One that was virtually indestructible. It didn't take long for me to decide on PVC pipe as the starting point. It is already the correct dimension for some keys, and is easily worked. Both of these attributes allow me to offer them at a reasonable price.

As materials go PVC is the modern version of tin. It is inexpensive, easily worked, and widely available. Whistles should be made from PVC today. Not exclusively but they should be available. They should be everywhere. I'm proud to say I make PVC whistles.

The magic of the pennywhistle is not so much in the material, but in where the material is and is not. In other words, the magic is in the holes.

There are no metal parts. You can wash the whistle in soapy water, should it need cleaning. The black PVC material is softer than CPVC and thus the black whistles do not does not endure heat quite as well as my white ones. I have one in the console of my car here in Florida, and so far so good. But I recommend not leaving your black whistle in the car where direct sunlight could overheat it.


The Tone Ring

Whistle voicing and tuning is a compromise. The physics make it so. It is possible to design the whistle so it is at it's best at a certain frequency, and all others are slightly less perfect. Some tunes spend a lot of time in a small range of notes. This is one reason why some players will change whistles based on the tune.

What if there was some device on the whistle that would let the player move the location of this sweet spot? The tone ring on the "Every" line of whistles allows you to strengthen the notes in the lower octave by placing it such that it forms sides on the sound window. To favor the upper register more, push the ring down away from the mouthpiece.

Another thing the tone ring allows you to do is muffle the whistle. On the web I have seen lots of threads asking "How can I quiet my whistle so I can practice without disturbing others." My favorite approach had been the blow across the top method. The downside is this only gives you the lower octave notes. When the tune goes into the high octave you have to think it higher. Also, the breath requirements were not like playing the whistle properly.

By turning the tone ring to either side and just leaving a quarter or less of the window exposed you can play both octaves and not raise a ruckus. This also helps preserve your hearing. It won't teach you how to blow the notes into tune, but it is very close to proper playing. You can practice breathing and supporting the high notes this way too. But, changing the window, alters the tuning and you will have to sharpen the whistle as you close the tone ring to stay in tune with your mates.

This works so well I practice at night in a hotel room while I am traveling.

My favorite way to let people know how quiet the whistle is came from a customer e-mail:

"Love the whistle.. I can even practice in bed with out disturbing my wife and dog! "

Back to the Whistle

My whistles are tuned equal temperment, but the High D is available in Just Intonation. When you select the key, High D Equal Temperment is the default. If you wish a different key or a high D in Just Intonation tuning, make the corresponding selection. If you don't know what just intonation is, you don't want it.

Select the key or set of keys you would like to order below. When you click the "Add To Cart" button you will have the opportunity to change the quantity ordered.

Two-piece BLACK Everywhistle, key(s) of:
Three-piece BLACK Walkabout, key(s) of:

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