Low C is the lowest key of Goldfinch Whistles currently available. Used for both live performances and recording, the Low C flageolet offers great dynamic capabilities with rich timbre and balanced octaves. It can be divided into three pieces, thus making it very convenient in transportation. While the hole placement may require some experience with the pipers grip, still, it is pleasantly easy to control and play with the sound. It is perfect for fast melodies, song accompaniment and slow aires alike, with just enough air in the sound to fill up the space. The bottom notes are strong and the tops are precise to hit. The Goldfinch Low C Whistle suits both Irish Traditional Music and other traditions and genres, from jazz to oriental soundscapes, facilitating the application of half-holing techniques, blending brilliantly with more exotic instruments such as the sitar.
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What I find significant in Goldfinch Whistles is the capability of free, effortless playing in the “ups”, from the half of the second octave up to the third (from a2 to e3) while the sound quality of the lower register remains solid.
The sound is interesting and complex enough that is works beautifully amplified, recorded or purely acoustically. In fact my colleagues like the sound so much that we have transposed other sets just so we can keep using it.
The tone of my favourite models mid Bb and low F complement the saxophone perfectly, they are excellent in musical experiments across different genres.
There is no great gap between the lower and higher notes in pressure. Many experienced players appreciate it. Apart from that, the responsiveness, sweet tone and the whistle’s unique character are of utmost importance to me.