We're very pleased to be featuring Chuck Tilbury's new whistle design! Blayne sat down with the new whistles and finds them well balanced, with a moderate volume, and the higher notes are easy to blow.
From Chuck's notes: "These are medium-body instruments made from .035 inch thick 6061-T6 Aluminum alloy for light weight and corrosion resistance. The body is 5/8 inches in diameter and the tuning slide is 3/4 inch diameter. The instrument quality and overall look and feel are very consistent. While the holes are slightly larger than on most instruments to allow for easier half-holing, players with smaller hands should not have any trouble with this instrument. The black "plug" that makes the floor of the airway is made of Delrin plastic. The tapered airway helps to prevent clogging and focuses the air for a sweeter sound. The tuning slide uses a standard rubber o-rings that may be easily purchased at any hardware store.
"This instrument is ideal for people with moderate experience that want to step up to a higher-end whistle. These whistles are easy to play and are well balanced between octaves. They have a pure tone with just a hint of "chiff". Tuning is (of course) perfect and the instrument can be tuned a minimum of 20 cents sharp as well as flat. It plays with moderate back pressure and with very little air requirement. It's almost like breathing. Shifting between the high and low registers is very reliable and easy to control. The back pressure is firm but moderate so you can "lean into" the instrument. The first 3 notes in the low octave are strong and clear, and there is very good balance between octaves. While not as powerful as a Chieftain or an Overton, it is loud enough for most sessions. Most cross fingerings are possible, such as C natural (on a D whistle) and in both octaves. This instrument is moderately loud, easy to play, and it is very responsive. It will comfortably handle any tap or roll that you throw at it."