Quick OverviewThe Onyx whistle is made of black polymer and pitched in the key of low D (tenor voice, non-transposing). As with other WD Sweet instruments, the conical bore and profiled, undercut toneholes give rich harmonics with ease of playing.
The Onyx whistle is made of black polymer and pitched in the key of low D (tenor voice, non-transposing). As with other WD Sweet instruments, the conical bore and profiled, undercut toneholes give rich harmonics with ease of playing. The player can lean on a note to build the tone: low D is robust and freely speaking. Ornamentation is crisp with ample "chiff" for that familiar pennywhistle presence. Has excellent harmonic alignment (octave registration) and accurate intonation based on A 440Hz. Built on the essentials of an Irish flute, the Onyx whistle adds the latest dimension of expression in Irish traditional music.
The player can easily tune this 3-piece instrument by moving the slender tenon that slides in the head's internal o-rings (while other o-rings serve as tuning spacers). The tip of the mouthpiece is turned slim for comfort. The curved windway tends to shed moisture and reduce the chance of clogging. Backpressure is moderate, and the response is balanced throughout the compass (with resonant lows and gentle highs). Transitions are easy, smooth and stable. Walt Sweet has voiced hundreds and hundreds of whistles, doing his best work in polymers (with the approval of the FDA, of course). The head and block are machined in polycarbonate so they can be welded together; the body is acetal (like Delrin) for performance, satisfaction, a beautiful finish, low maintenance, durability, and affordability. Laser engraving complements the fine workmanship.
The left and right hand hole spacing is comfortable, with 2.86"/73mm on the left and 2.70"/69mm on the right hands. The F# hole has a diameter of 0.35"/8.9mm. The A-hole (left hand, third finger) is offset for easy reach. An adjustable thumb rest is included. Piece lengths are 9.1"/231mm (head), 8.2"/208mm (upper body), and 8.2"/208mm (lower body). The whistle is 23.1"/587mm long assembled. A joint between the hands means that the player can adjust the angular position for comfort. Not found on other low whistles, this feature greatly reduces hand fatigue.
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Brand: WD Sweet Flutes
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