The key of D is the most popular key among tin whistles and in Irish Traditional Music, so it is a perfect choice if you aim at playing Celtic-oriented melodies. Weather-proof and carefully fine-tuned, the Low D Goldfinch Whistle is, side by side with the High D, our flag whistle and a very versatile instrument with a whistler-friendly playability and half-holing potential. Subtle backpressure and little air requirements make the sound control comfortable and offer great responsiveness. Evenly balanced throughout the octaves, the lowest frequencies give a strong base for the highest notes to precisely punch with little effort. The timbre is solid, with but enough air to fill the slow aire ambience. Used for professional album recordings, stage performances and sessions internationally, the Low D Goldfinch Whistle is suitable for both experienced musicians looking for a reliable instrument and begginers who wish to start their adventure with low whistles and the pipers grip.
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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.