High Eb Goldfinch Whistle

 

tunable; natural fingering: oxx ooo

main keys to play in: Eb, Ab, Fm, Cm

individual serial number on the fipple part

materials: CPVC, delrin; colour: ivory

bore diameter: ≈16 mm; length when tuned: ≈28 cm

We make the High Eb Goldfinch Whistle with recording, live and session music in mind. The half-tone difference can break the standard D, G, Hm, Em popular session keys with exhilarating freshness. We put much effort to keep the instrument precisely tuned and balanced throughout the octaves, so that the whistle offers a full tone with standard Goldfinch whistler-friendly playing qualities – solid lower notes and subtle, decent backpressure in the ups to control the sound with precision. Although the instrument plays high and the frequencies can cut through the crowdy session din, we do our best so that you can play the Eb without fear of having you and your fellow musicians suffer from the tin whistle’s highest notes. After all, music is also about getting to know interesting people, right?

Price: 39 EUR / 49 USD / 159 PLN

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A slip jig and a reel from Ewelina Grygier featuring a High Eb Goldfinch Whistle:

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High D Goldfinch Whistle

 

tunable; natural fingering: oxx ooo

main keys to play in: D, G, Em, Bm

individual serial number on the fipple part

materials: CPVC, delrin; colour: ivory

bore diameter: ≈16 mm; length when tuned: ≈30 cm

The High D was the first Goldfinch Whistles key ever made, years ago, and has been continuously improved since then. It is the most popular classic key for whistles, particularly for Irish Traditional Music. Most of the whistle learning materials available are focused on this key, so it is a perfect choice to start a musical adventure or simply move to a higher standard of hand-perfected whistles. We are very proud to have our High D Goldfinch Whistles being instruments of choice for amateur and professional musicians for sessions, stage performances, and recording purposes all around the world. The High D registers’ loudness is moderate and balanced, with a rich, full tone from the solid lowest up to the highest notes. A light, decent backpressure and low air requirements allow for whistler-friendly playability up to E3 of the 3rd octave, comfortable breath control, articulation and subtle dynamics. This tin whistle is well suitable for both fast-paced acrobatic melodies and slow airs to reflect on. Furthermore, large fingerholes facilitate the half-holing techniques for anyone, who wishes to go beyond. All in all, we do our best to make the High D Goldfinch Whistle a versatile and rewarding instrument you can always rely on.

Price: 39 EUR / 49 USD / 159 PLN

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Two reels and a jig from Ewelina Grygier featuring a High D Goldfinch Whistle:

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High D “AiryTale” Goldfinch Whistle

 

tunable; natural fingering: oxx ooo

main keys to play in: D, G, Em, Bm

individual serial number on the fipple part

materials: CPVC, delrin; colour: ivory

bore diameter: ≈16 mm; length when tuned: ≈30 cm

“AiryTale” is a special variant of the High D Goldfinch Whistle. A fine choice for Irish Traditional Music, in which the key of D is dominant, it offers balance across the scale and playability similar to its standard version cousin. With subtle dynamic possibilities from the deep, bottom notes up to the highest tones, its sound offers a more breathy, “airy” quality, while the core frequencies remain solid with a decent amount of loudness, so that the notes do not get lost in the breeze. While offering a little more backpressure, it allows for confident dynamics control of the whistle in both slow and fast melodies. The “AiryTale” setting was created in cooperation with an experienced traditional Irish musician Witek Kulczycki who also invented the name.

Price: 39 EUR / 49 USD / 159 PLN

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An aire, a jig and a reel by Witek Kulczycki, featuring a High D “AiryTale” Goldfinch Whistle:

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High C Goldfinch Whistle

 

tunable; natural fingering: oxx ooo

main keys to play in: C, F, Dm, Am

individual serial number on the fipple part

materials: CPVC, delrin; colour: ivory

bore diameter: ≈16 mm; length when tuned: ≈34 cm

The lowest key among our narrow bore flageolets, the High C Goldfinch Whistle is comparable to High D whistler-friendly playability, with but enough backpressure for stability, moderate volume and comfortable air requirement. The scale of the whistle is balanced and – as in any Goldfinch Whistle – each note is fine-tuned individually for best precision. High C is a perfect choice for those, who wish to expand their key accessibility or just prefer a lower sounding whistle with equally easy fingerhole placement that anyone can tackle. It is a popular key for singers, so it might be especially handy to have one if you focus on accompanying vocal music. Human voice is a beautiful instrument, too!

Price: 45 EUR / 55 USD / 179 PLN

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A fast and a slow melody from Ewelina Grygier featuring a High C Goldfinch Whistle: