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.
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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.