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How to choose my Tin Whistle?

Posted by Tom Bombadil on

Actually, choosing your first Tin Whistle can be a subject, so I will write here some things to keep in mind, so grab a beer, good play music ⬅️ and read 😎.


The first thing to consider when choosing your Whistle, is its tone. Whistles are the instruments that come with a definite tone so this is the first aspect of the points.

much as there are 12 shades available in Western music, there are variety of tones whistle. The most common standard is the key of D (Re) with C (Do). If you're starting, I highly recommend choosing a whistle in D.

find the great majority of scores (such as you find in thesession.org) and books and tutorials (like you get to take your tin in the Tom Bombadil) are in this key! So I recommend very much a whistle in D to start.

If you are going to play more instruments, like a jam a irish session , concert, with friends, or play the song you like to soundtrack background (epic), must take into account the tonalities of the songs and tunes for you to choose the right tone.

Considers that a whistle that is in a definite tone such as D, easily can also play tunes that are in G (Sun), Em (E minor), Am (a minor) and Bm (B minor), unchanged necessarily the whistle. Same with the other colors.


probably have seen on our website a variety of materials, mainly Nickel, Brass, ABS plastic and Tin. Shortly summarize some aspects of each:

Aluminum is a fairly new material that comes to tin whistles (traditionally made of Tin, Wood or Brass.

Your advantages they are so lightweight and because of that, you can have a more robust body, which gives a sound thanks to "soft" aluminum, a sound sweeter but still be strong and robust.

Disadvantages is that the material their bodies do not resonate so much the volume may be at a disadvantage. On the other hand, must be very careful with their maintenance since aluminum tends to corrode especially near the nozzle (where moisture condenses further.

In our catalog we have the Dixon line , taking into account these aspects, generated a unique alloy the market that complements the benefits of aluminum with very good resonances and finishes in the nozzles of high quality.


The Brass (bronze) , has been chosen as preferred material for hundreds of years in musical instruments (if not, ask the body of bronzes of the palaces or comparsas sound northern of the country).

Its main advantage is its quality of resonance which gives a more reverberant and loud sound.

The disadvantage is that they are heavier therefore their bodies are slightly thinner
| our catalog can be found at Feadog and Generation .

Data at hand, Whistles Nickel are brass whistles but with a bath with nickel which gives them a very striking and cleaner color. You can see them in the Generation .


The Tin (tin or brass ... yeah, so 😅).

Original Tin Whistle (Clarke) , is the original and the father of the vast majority of all other Whistles. One of the advantages of this material is that it is economical in production which greatly facilitated the massification of the tin.

The advantage it is that (well, once) was more economical in their production.

The disadvantage is that it is not the material more to resonate and make optimal instruments.

From our catalog you can find Clarke .


plastic is a fairly new material instruments but has earned an important place.
usually have a sweet and clear sound.

Its main advantage is its sound sweet and clear, can have different designs to the rest of the whistles and are super stable with changes in tempraturas (unlike metals). They are quite light.

Its disadvantage is that it can tend to be a bit more fragile than metal.

You can find Whistles of this material in our collection Dixon


find some whistles have cylindrical shapes and other conic (at its lower edge, are narrower).

The cylindrical tend to have very good bass notes and clear while in the second octave, tend to use much air. Sounds tend to be brighter and clearer.

Conical tend to have very clear and stable high notes, but their serious tend to be weaker than its counterpart. Tend to have sound airier, opaque, soft and round.



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